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Globalization vocabulary and exercises

Is globalization a modern concept? Absolutely not. It is, however, a key feature of modern life and it is hard to talk about almost any aspect of life today without referring to our “global village”. This makes it hard to make a selection of globalization vocabulary- simply because it reaches into so many areas of our life.

The world – not all countries are equal

This is a sensitive area of vocabulary if important area of vocabulary. How do you describe the different regions of the world. Here are a few basic alternatives to get you started:



You should note some very useful world phrases: all around the world, all over the world, in all four corners of the world, worldwide, the other side of the world

Thinking globally (and locally)

Globalization is a good word, but you do need some alternatives. These options allow you to use the word “global” in different ways and thinks about different aspects of globalization.



Ubiquitous is a nice word that means “everywhere”

Co-operation and integration

One key feature of globalization is that nations work together and become more integrated. Try some of these words and phrases.


Test yourself so far

The global village

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Globalization means progress (to some people) or just things getting bigger

There is a strong connection between the concepts of change and globalization.


Globalization means trade (and wealth for some people)

In many ways, there is a strong connection between trade and globalization. This also connects to issue of consumerism – we want to buy whatever we want, wherever we go. For this you need some globalization vocabulary to discuss issues such as consumerism and its close cousin: capitalism.


Not everyone likes globalization

Here is some useful globalization vocabulary to help you write and speak about the negative sides of globalization.


Another exercise for you

Is globalization a good thing?


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15 Responses to Globalization vocabulary and exercises

  1. tariq March 18, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    dear Dominic
    Thank you so much for posting such an awesome lesson.
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  2. Natalia March 18, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    This is a wonderful selection of vocabulary and examples. Thank you, Dominic!

  3. Mousses Pourmanaf March 19, 2013 at 5:39 am #

    Dear Dominic : I appritiated for helping me to develop my English language ,I proud of you , god bless all of you .

  4. Mousses Pourmanaf March 19, 2013 at 5:44 am #

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  5. Samina shakeel May 20, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    Thanks for giving useful nd powerful vocabulary

  6. Zahn May 29, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Thank you. These are very useful.

  7. Laljit singh September 9, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Dear Dominic : Hey thanks allot . it’s really helpful..

  8. Francesca November 2, 2013 at 2:30 am #

    Great lessons, Dominic. I’m wondering whether I can use the test about Globalization with my students.

    • Dominic Cole March 2, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

      A very late response sorry, but the answer is yes please do.

  9. Bein March 19, 2014 at 7:13 am #

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  10. Flore July 23, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    Thanks a lot ! These lessons are extremely helpful.

  11. Yeva December 20, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    Dear Dominic, thank you for these essential lessons. It was very productive.

  12. Mysweet May 26, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

    Dear Sir. I’ve seen many essay topics about the Western countries (Western World, The West, etc.) and I’ve been struggling to understand which those countries are. I’ve checked it in Wikipedia, but I still don’t have a clue. In the country that I come from such terms as “Western world” are not used at all. Would you consider putting some information about this in the vocabulary and more details about which are underdeveloped, developing and third world countries.

    Thank you!

    • Dominic Cole September 15, 2015 at 8:45 am #

      Oh dear.

      There’s really no way to do this briefly. The problem is a difference of upbringing, age and culture I imagine. When I grew up (during the 70s and 80s) the Western world was a clear concept – it was that part of Europe and North America that wasn’t communist. Things have changed a great deal since then!

      I think the best solution here is avoidance. By that mean, I don’t think you should try and borrow this language if it means nothing to you – it may be our cultural backgrounds are too far apart. Failing that I suggest you start at this page of Wikipedia and follow the links outwards.
      I’m not being lazy here, it’s just normally better to write about what you know about.

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