English to be spoken by half of the world's population within 10 years :
"The model charted likely student numbers through to 2050. It was compiled by looking at various estimates from the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) on education provision, demographic projections, government education policies and international student mobility figures. The impact of educational innovations and other developments affecting the world population including the Chinese govern-ment's policy of one baby per family were also factored in."
By James Burleigh, The Independent Online Edition (UK), 09 December 2004.