Nowadays, the importance of English cannot be denied and ignored since English is the most common language used everywhere. With the help of developing technology, English has been playing a major role in many sectors including medicine, engineering, technology, aviation and education. Moreover, English is the international language of tourism, banking, computing, diplomacy, Hollywood films, and the best song in the world and for the business.
Working experience and English language can produce career opportunities in international markets and regions. Most of us avoided using English language in Malaysia especially in higher educational, as we didn’t see the benefits of having second language earlier on. There are many reasons why learning English could change our life for the better. It is not only to create more career opportunities but we could feel the different as you approach other areas of our life too. Consequently, English should be the medium of communication for higher educational in Malaysia and this will contribute to develop Malaysia into an industrialized in line with the 2020’s vision.
“So, why is English important? After Mandarin, English is spoken by more people than any other language, and is the native language of more than 350 million people. More people speak English than those who speak the Arabic and French languages combined.” - Vance Carson(2007)
In business life habitually, the most important common language throughout the world used is obviously English. In addition to this, almost all business transactions, including emails, contracts, reports, and vice versa are written in English. Thus, if we have the abilities and communicating fluently in English, the job opportunities with international companies will be brighter. The huge Oil and Gas companies such as Exxon, Shell and etc. generally employ graduates whom can communicate in English fluently and orderly. For example, the student who is graduated from a university which took English as a major language will find a better or high-quality job compare to students who don’t know English adequately. In other words, the student who knows English is able to perform efficiently in their job because they can use and understand information obtained from the source given. University’s graduates need to learn English because English is used world widely for various purposes. That means we could practice and experience a great boost to our career by mastering English.
“Some students can hardly communicate when they need a second language for tertiary education or for job placement. University Malaysia Vice Chancellor Datuk Rafiah Salim claimed many law students did not have a strong command of English and are struggling in the Malaysian courts”. (Datuk Rafiah Salim)
Apart from that, for those who use internet as their methods of searching information, it could be useful and helpful as the information is mostly available in English. For instance in website, English is used as the medium of communication. English is typically the language of the latest applications version and programs such as freeware, shareware, peer-to-peer, and social media networks. Software, hardware guides and installation manual are usually written in English. For popular electronics and entertainment devices usually are available in English before being made available in other languages.
Many of the most prominent and well known publications throughout the world are printed and written in English. Scholars interested in doing research at an academic level, or working on new scientific developments, should consider the benefits of learning English to read these periodicals and publish their own work. Publication in peer-reviewed journals is often required for someone who wishes to remain in academic circles, and the ability to read and write in English may be necessary to maintain such a position. Even learning about current events often...
...EnglishLanguage Teaching and Learning in Thailand
in this Decade
The importance of English as a world language, the advance of technology and
education reform envisaged by the new Thai Constitution are key determinants for new
developments for Englishlanguage teaching and learning in Thailand in this decade.
This paper will first focus on the role of English and the problems of Englishlanguage teaching in Thailand. It will also touch on the part of education reform which is
related to Englishlanguage teaching. Then, it will state what has been planned or already
done to improve the Englishlanguage teaching and learning situation in Thailand, now and
in the future.
The role of English in Thailand is quite important as it is in many other developing
countries. New technology and the adoption of the internet have resulted in a major
transition in terms of business, education, science, and technological progress, all of which
demand high proficiency in English. With the economic downturn in Thailand a few years
ago, a large number of Thai companies have embraced cooperation regionally and
internationally. Mergers, associations, and takeovers are common and...
...Legal and Ethical Issues
Educators are trying to find different and new ways to help EnglishLanguage Learners succeed in their education. However they have come across many different legal and ethical conflicts that make it harder for educators to do their job in helping these learners succeed. Educators try to find ways that they can still help EnglishLanguage Learners succeed without breaking the laws. As a teacher it is your job to make sure that all of the students get an equal education given the same and fair chance at education. While laws sometimes make is hard to do this and prevent some educators for doing what they feel they should do to make sure that their students get a fair and equal education and succeed.
Schools today are being pushed to find as many ways that they can to help their English Learners become successful. Many states have taken away from the bilingual programs and have forced the children to learn English. It is true that this may be an English speaking country, but we cannot take a young child’s education away. All around the country their has been an increase in Englishlanguage learners, which is forcing the schools to help these students succeed and grow to make sure that...
...English grammar has minimal inflection compared with most other Indo-European languages. For example, Modern English, unlike Modern German or Dutch and the Romance languages, lacks grammatical gender and adjectival agreement. Case marking has almost disappeared from the language and mainly survives in pronouns. The patterning of strong (e.g. speak/spoke/spoken) versus weak verbs (e.g. love/loved or kick/kicked) inherited from its Germanic origins has declined in importance in modern English, and the remnants of inflection (such as plural marking) have become more regular.
At the same time, the language has become more analytic, and has developed features such as modal verbs and word order as resources for conveying meaning. Auxiliary verbs mark constructions such as questions, negative polarity, the passive voice and progressive aspect. English word order has moved from the Germanic V2 word order to being almost exclusively subject-verb-object; as English makes extensive use of auxiliary verbs, this will often create clusters of two or more verbs at the centre of the sentence, such as "he had hoped to try to open it". The long literary history of English has also created many conventions regarding the use of techniques such as verbal nouns and relative clauses to express complex ideas in formal writing.
Writing Assignment #4
Language and Identity in Education
In schools across America, students from varying backgrounds subconsciously develop their identities through their interactions with their peers and their teachers. The language they speak, how they speak it, and how others respond or react to their language helps to evolve their developing senses of self. School district policies and teachers can drastically affect how these children see themselves and the world around them. If they’re lucky, they’ll have teachers who have a deep interest in their well-being, who will cherish the student’s different cultural backgrounds while providing them with opportunities for success in their lives after school. On the contrary, they could feel the helplessness that comes with marginalization and be left unable to rise above the oppression. The American Education system needs to improve to better help these nontraditional students succeed while promoting cultural diversity.
When teachers focus solely on teaching Standard English, they ignore the varied backgrounds of their students. While knowing Standard English facilitates what it takes to succeed, nontraditional students may need extra help in understanding and producing it. For instance, children whose first language is Spanish may have trouble pronouncing or spelling words that...
...Politics and the EnglishLanguage Analysis
In “Politics and the EnglishLanguage,” George Orwell argues against the common belief that language grows with and adapts to the changing times, there being nothing any individual can do about it. He explains that the decline of the Englishlanguage comes from a never ending cycle of foolish thoughts giving way to sloppy writing, which eventually leads to more foolish thoughts. Throughout his essay, Orwell connects with his readers by establishing his credibility, using emotional appeals, and providing logical evidence of how the Englishlanguage is continuously declining and how writers could slow, and possibly stop, this process.
To emphasize the complexity of the rules of writing, Orwell utilizes parallel structure, often interlacing parallel structures to keep the reader on his/her toes and give the body unity. His parallel structures also assist in straying away from repetition of ideas and a monotonous tone. Although Orwell states that “correct grammar and syntax…are of no importance,” one can see that he most definitely attempts to engage his readers through syntax and grammar (109). His back-and-forth writing between his body paragraphs and his self contradiction supports the rule he later introduces: “Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous” (112). His...
...English as a Second Language
It is a struggle to adapt to a new culture and language, which may be completely different from the ones young child may have already learned. This can lead to inner conflict, confusion, and even anger. One way to handle the conflict is to cut ties with the first culture including language. But is this the answer? Doing so can create a sense of loss. In the essay “Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood”, Richard Rodriguez shares his personal experience with learning English as a second language. In his linguistic journey, the author feels a disconnect between Spanish, the language used at home by his Mexican immigrant parents, and English, the language used in the public world. He raises an important question whether the primary language should be encouraged or forgotten. He disagrees with social activists on implementing the “family language” in public schools. He argues, that although the transition may be difficult, establishing public identity in the English speaking community is extremely important. It should be every child’s obligation to learn and speak English. Even though his points may be valid to some degree, the research on benefits of bilingual education proves otherwise.
Richard Rodriguez was born to Mexican parents. In his...
...It is the beginning of a hot sunny day of August, on a beach which seems a remote place. It is the early morning no sound can be heard, just the waves crashing over the rocks and the fresh sea breeze that revitalises all people's souls. In the late morning, some people are starting to show up on the beach, with their families and with their children's happy faces which are suggesting that they are really agitated, as some children couldn't stay calm and still. As their hands, their legs and all of their bodies are moving up and down like crazy jumping frogs. Especially a child, maybe a six-year-old boy who has a ball in his hand, which seems alive as it wouldn't stay in the child's sweaty hand, but it might prefers to stay in the shady sand under the umbrella.
While the enthusiastic children are on cloud nine, also if they are not doing anything, but maybe the fresh air from the sea is like a drug that is bringing so much happiness to them. But the drug is not working in the same way with the parents: their faces are not showing the same high spirit as their children. It seems like they are terribly pensive, like they are still at work, and they are not as absolutely relaxed as they should be on a summer holiday. When finally, the fathers found their umbrellas, they seem free from "the melancholy of their job".
The fresh and quiet weather of the early morning is dissolving into the hottest and the sunniest day of the whole summer. Now the beach is covered by the noises...