Chinese, Spanish, and English were the most used languages in 2017 according to Ethnologue.com. These languages have developed to be the most used because of humans teaching each new generation. Language has become a big part of human life, students and adults are learning other languages as we speak. As the world changes we must realize that becoming more global citizens will not only benefit in health and business but also socially understanding others. So the question is, Should it be mandatory for all students to learn a foreign language?
That means English promotes cultural, technical and educational cooperation among people of all over the world. First, English gets access to knowledge. Is it science, music, computer, health, business, sport? Most of this knowledge is in English. I’d like to say that the Internet has become a part of life for many people, but we won’t be able to use it unless we know English.
However, the term “Standard English” is not easy to be defined because of the emergence of English as the lingua franca around the world, which requires much more attention from linguists, researchers and language educators. Standard English can be considered as the result of long process of the language standardization and it still continues to be developed. Mc. Arthur (2003) indicates that Standard English is considered as the most widely accepted, understood and valued within an English speaking community. He also advocates, “Standard English is usually used by news presenters and that its usage reveals to the speaker’s social class and education”.
Learning English actually brings many benefits for people. According to a post in Human Resource International written by Marcus Godden, there are three main reasons that makes learning English to be an important role in education. First of all, people use English like a tool to access any information easily. As can be seen, most of the web pages on the Internet are in English. Rebecca (2014) has reported : “ The Internet has a huge amount of information, some of which can only be accessed in English.
It is most notable in its use throughout the world as a second language. Though it may face some impact by some other languages or rejection, English, as a most widely used language, is now accepted by more and more people. It is not only in China, rather, "English is widely used as a second language throughout the world" (Baugh, 1993:6)5. Now in the world, as a great number of people who regard English as the important second language and the international language, English will retain its
Abderrahmane BUKCHAB TEFL-LPQME- GROUP 1 --/11/2016 Issue of Culture and Language English, nowadays, is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world alongside with standard Mandarin, Putonghua, the official language of the People?s Republic of China and few other languages. It is a vehicle for those who aspire to achieve their aims in different fields. So, we can say that learning English is a necessity. Nevertheless, while learning any language, in our case learning English, we learn the different cultures associated with it, which may help us to increase our knowledge of the language. Although some people oppose to the idea and consider it as a cultural imperialism, teaching American or British culture in ELT help students
As English becomes Lingua-Franca, it becomes necessary for almost all kinds of people from all the fields, if not necessary, doubtlessly it can be said that learning English can prove beneficial to them. English opened the windows for Business, Medical, Education, Knowledge, Society, Research and what not. If international relationship is taken into consideration, to be able to speak in English cannot be ignored. Here the term speak suggests, communication, being able to carry out a conversation in English. If a student wants to refer internationally popular material it is available only in English.
Generally, Mandarin and English are equally significant. In many places, they are needed by the employee in order to serve their customers. For instance, clerks need English to deal with international business, the more fluent English you can speak, the more possibility that you can serve them well, then you get more potential to be promoted. Second, English impacts on the frequency that people notice English. Nowadays, we acquire convenience and many interesting things via the internet.
Chinese student needs to look at another way around. English is a language that could make a living out of it. As English is one of the most commonly used language, they could make a use of learning English such as; use to do business with other country etc. It
Thus, having a good knowledge of the English language can take people to places they have never been before. Being one of the touchstones of communication, speaking affects the quality of how people communicate with each other to a great extent (Saka, 2015). Moreover, most people find steady jobs and self-advancement if they are good in English. Good English, not only entails good grammar and rich vocabulary but it also demands good accent and pronunciation. Social interaction can be significantly impeded if a person has poor pronunciation skill.