Implications Of English: The English Language As A Foreign Language

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1.1 Background information
Lingua franca is the term used to refer to a language used for communication between groups of people who speak different languages , as defined in the Cambridge Dictionary. The English language is well known as lingua franca in which, it is widely being used as a communication medium between individuals who share neither a common native tongue nor a common culture (Seidlhofer, 2005). According to Firth, it is also considered as lingua franca for the groups of people who assume English as chosen foreign language of communication (Seidlhofer, 2005).
In countries such as Malaysia, English is used as a secondary language as the native and primary language is ‘Bahasa Malaysia’. Even though English is a secondary language, there is an urge to all the citizens to learn the English language as it is vitally important for self-development as well as the development of the country’s social status. This is due to the recognition of English language as global lingua franca which is known as international language as mentioned in Jenkins’s diary (Seidlhofer, 2005).
1.2 Problem statement
English is a language that is being used worldwide in education as well as in career. In this century as reported by Steven ,most of the employers find it hard to hire their employees due to the low language proficiency (Moslehifar & Ibrahim, 2012). It is noticed that most of the fresh graduates with good results are not chosen for employment due to
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