The type of English taught in different countries will vary according to the preferences of that individual country. We focus here on British and American English as they are the most commonly taught variations of English worldwide. Many countries have a clear preference for the type of English taught in its schools and language centers. Some examples are shown on the map below:
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There are a number of major differences which we will examine. The following are in no way exhaustive and you should investigate for yourself for more examples.
Mainly due to the influence of Webster (of dictionary fame) American English has focused on how words are âsoundedâ to guide their spelling. This has resulted in some well known differences in spelling, such as color (AmE) and colour (BrE).
Some forms of grammar such as prepositions and modal verbs can vary depending on whether British or American English is used. It would not be unusual to see the word âgottenâ in an American student's essay while âgotâ may be used by their British counterpart. Similar differences are apparent with the use of prepositions such as, on, in and at, which vary in usage for British and Americans. When applying to higher education courses in an American English or British English user country, learning the specific grammar and spelling will be imperative.
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There are many examples of this type, such as:
As you can see from the map above, there are two main varieties of English. Many parts of the world use British English, due to the vast empire Great Britain once had. American English is slowly taking the place of British English in some parts of Asia and South America due to the empire building taking place on their part. When you are employed by a school or company to teach English, it may well be specified which English type you have to teach and because of this they may prefer candidates who are native speakers in one or the other form. It is important that you speak English naturally and do not attempt to speak a version of English that you are unfamiliar with.