If you are currently learning English in a school , college or university. Actually you join approximately one billion other people around the world who are engaged in the same pursuit. However as you may memorise and use proper grammar and try to avoid the mistakes common to most students of English, you may wonder why you are learning English in the first place.
• Important of English as the official second language. So, why is speaking effectively in English important?
As stated by Baugh & Cable (2000), in numbers of speakers as well as in its uses for international communication. English is spoken by more people than any other language and is the native language of more than 350 million people worldwide which mean, more people speak English than those who speak the Arabic and French languages combined.
Moreover, English is the international language of Diplomacy, business, science, technology, banking, computing, medicine, aviation, engineering, architecture, tourism, Hollywood films and arguably the best pop and rock music in the world.
English has plenty of words to choose from. In fact, an English speaker is offered the biggest vocabulary of any language with a choice of 500,000 to 1,000,000 words, that including technical and scientific terms. But please don’t panic, most English speaker do very well with a vocabulary of around 20,000 words.
English can be fun too. For instance, the music of such stars as Elvis Presley, Micheal Jackson, The Beatles, Aerosmith and Madonna has encouraged fans to speak the language of their idols. Many others have enrolled in English classes just to improve their understanding of the dialogue in their favourite films and TV shows. Or perhaps they have embraced English to enjoy the writing of Stephen King, George Orwell or J.K. Rowling. They may even have an interest in speaking English just to converse with travelers from other countries, who communicate by using the English global interlingua while travelling abroad.
Now you know, if you are studying English at school, college or university, remember that getting an A grade in English is almost worthless in terms of communication. If you cannot speak the English language effectively. Spoken English is used in the best careers, the best universities and is increasingly being used at job interviews. So like it or not, English is a very important language to learn how to speak effectively. Being able to read and write in English is not enough.
• The need for speech training
Speech is one of the 3 fundamental communication modes. The ability to communicate through effective speaking is as important to develop language skill as is the ability to write effectively. Learning to speak English well may be the best thing you can do to improve your life. That’s right. Do you think it would be fun to have access to information that other people can’t get? Make big jumps in your career and leaving others miles behind? Talk and write letters to other people that others can’t communicate? Well, you can get all this if you can speak English well. There are many more advantage for those who can speak English well. Let me brief you some of the advantages.
The motivation to learn English in postcolonial nations like Malaysia, is no longer the compulsion of imperialistic colonialism. Current motivation is partly directed by politics, and primarily driven by the growth of information technology in science and technology and world economics. The use and need of English language in Malaysia has become more important nowadays. As mentioned by Crystal (1995) found in Ganakumaran (2007) studies, she suggests six reasons for the spread of...