The Importance Of The English Language In Our Society

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The importance of the English language in our society can never be measured nor can be described in any words. According to K to 12 English curriculum guide, Language is the basis of all communication and the primary instrument of thought. Language is governed by rules and systems (language conventions) which are used to explore and communicate meaning. It defines culture which is essential in understanding oneself (personal identity), forming interpersonal relationships (socialization), extending experiences, reflecting on thought and action, and contributing to a better society. Language, therefore, is central to the peoples’ intellectual, social and emotional development and has an essential role in all key learning areas. It has become a major part of the lives of the Filipino people, enabling us to be known worldwide as one of the best English-speaking countries worldwide, being visited by foreign students because not only education here is cheap, but also because of the competence and the quality that we provide them. According to the data presented by the SEAMEO Innotech, prior to the implementation of the K to 12 curriculum, the Philippines and Singapore both have the highest time allotted for the English subjects in their elementary curriculum , followed by Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam. But now with the implementation of the K to 12 program, the number of hours has been lessened; previously, 450 hours is allotted per week, but now it is down to 280 hours. Many

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