Importance Of English Language
Good Morning to one and all. I am here to present my views about the importance of learning English language which is taught to us right from our birth. English is not just taught at home, at schools and colleges but even at professional colleges and at work places too. English was taught till Intermediate Level at first. Later it was included in professional colleges not only for 1st year but even in 3rd B Tech. In present competitive market to survive we have to develop our communication skills. English is one of the most important languages in the world. English has a special status in India. Apart from having a place in the public institutions of the country, in parliament, the law courts, broadcasting, the press, and the educational system, English has spread in our daily life. India ranks third in the world after USA and the UK to use English as spoken language. After Hindi English is the most commonly spoken language in India.
As we know 21st century is the Education and Knowledge century. A North Carolina state university sponsored study speaking about the importance of communication skills in work place found out that: "Communication skills were considered more important than either technical knowledge...or computer skills."
In any industry almost no exception is made in any job category about the need for good communication skills. The importance of communication skills has spread through the society not as a requirement, but as a necessity. The most surprising aspect is that none of us are taught any kind of communication skills anytime either in school or college. Sometimes we take the most important things in life for granted and do not realize its importance until it is too late. Hence now in professional college we have to learn how to develop our communication skills through various LSRW skills which include listening English News, participating in Group Discussions, Presentation Skills, Role Plays, JAM, reading Comprehension, writing Essays, various types of Letters, Reports etc. All these activities definitely improve our communication skills.
Language remains potentially a communicative medium capable of expressing ideas and concepts as well as moods, feelings and attitudes. Language is learnt through use, through practice. As we know 'the more one is exposed to the use of language, the better one learns'. English is a means not only for international commerce; it has become increasingly essential for inter-state commerce and communication. In India, people going from North to South for education or business mostly communicate in English, which has become a link language. Keeping this in mind, the Parliament has also recognized English as an official language in addition to Hindi. All the facts of history and developments in present day India underline the continued importance of learning English. We must make the best use of English to develop ourselves culturally and materially so that we can compete with the best in the world of mind and matter. English language is our window to the world. Properly used, technology will help students acquire the skills they need to survive in a complex, highly technological knowledge-based economy world. Thus, English has become a major international language for worldwide communication. Proficiency in English is a mandatory requirement for any professional working in a global business environment.
There are 7 ways to learn Communicative English. I'm sure, many more rules can be made, but let’s just focus on these as our basic.
Rule number 1: Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Making mistakes is an opportunity for learning.
In rule number two: Learn correct English pronunciation including intonation patterns, stress and rhythm.
Rule Number 3 according to Dr. Min Byung Chul, a prominent figure in Korea on acquiring English as a second language: Don’t just memorize vocabulary words and isolated sentences, but learn complete dialogues.
Rule Number 4 Learn the phrases that WE really need. Most Asians when asked to speak, tend to use a lot of words and phrases that are difficult to understand. Beating around the bush is a prominent habit too, because of the impress the listener however, the message and intent are often buried in obscurity because of the complexity of the words used.
In Rule number five, if we are studying to acquire a second language such as English, We shouldn’t just listen to our English language audio materials; but speak at the same time as the person on the audio materials.
Rule number six tells us to Answer in complete sentences. For example, Would you like to have lunch with me? We normally answer with the following, yeah, yes, Yes, I would. If I would ask you, would you like to have lunch with me? How would you answer? Thank You . With Pleasure is the appropriate answer to give.
Rule number seven Understand the target language’s culture. In the US, there are fifty states and each state have their own peculiar way of talking and expressing.
To wrap up my speech, I hope that I was able to impart valuable information that can help you attain a successful entry into the Global Job Market. Thank you for you time and good luck!
Mohammad Asif Ali