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English as a Second Language

In Italy, an Italian airplane pilot on an international flight talks to the air traffic controller in Rome in English. In Shanghai, the German and Chinese managers of a Volkswagen plant discuss production plans in English. Worldwide, more than 80 percent of the data stored on computers is in English.


The English language has grown well beyond the borders of monolingual English-speaking countries. Users of English as a second or additional language currently far outnumber those who speak English as their first or primary language. To accommodate both those who study English as a second language, such as matriculated international and immigrant students at UT or those who wish to teach English as a second/foreign language, the Department of English offers classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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