Dr Petros Karatsareas, Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Westminster, wrote an article for The Conversation on why the UK government should not set a deadline requiring all UK residents to speak English.

In his article, Dr Karatsareas commented on Dame Louise Casey’s recent statement advising the government to fix a date by which all residents in the UK should be able to speak English.

According to Dr Karatsareas, this current debate could potentially threaten the multilingualism and cosmopolitan side of the country which has always been part of the UK’s history.

He also particularly warned about the dangerous motives this idea could engender including acts of discrimination and abuse towards minorities: “Setting a deadline by which everyone in the UK should speak English is impossible and would send the wrong messages about who we are as a country to people in Britain, both those who speak other languages and those who do not, and to the rest of the world.”

Read the full article on The Conversation official website.

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