Because English is so widely spoken, it has often been referred to as a "world language", the lingua franca of the modern era, and while it is not an official language in most countries, it is currently the language most often taught as a foreign language. English is widely spoken in the Philippines. It is used as the business language as well as the medium of instruction in schools and universities. It is the language used by the people all over the world in order to communicate to anyone. From this research work, it is very important to determine the importance of English to BEED students and to encourage them and be informed about the advantage of being English proficient. Local and foreign, are now being spent on teaching English to improve elementary school kids. It would be better to strongly promote English proficiency for BEED college students as future educators, especially reading and writing skills, so they can build a strong new nation from within, on their own terms. Rich Filipinos automatically provide their children with this type of English instruction. It should be available to all who want it. The method used in this research is descriptive normative survey method and the respondents are from second year, Bachelor of Elementary Education Generalist students. The instruments used are news clippings, pamphlets, books, magazines and questionnaires. The finding show that that the majority of the BEED students believed that English proficiency is really important especially for the opportunities for employment locally or globally. It was also concluded that studying, practicing, learning new vocabularies and reading English literatures are the major factors for students to have ability in English proficiency. It is also recommended that one must be determined to learn the English language and one must use to speak verbally the English language.
THE PROBLEM AND ITS BACKGROUND
From our homes towards the highest offices in the land, English language becomes the vernacular and common language. Anyone who does the talking with English language are praised and admired. They have the advantages compared to those Filipinos students who are incapable and inefficient in this language. Every year, thousands of young Filipino graduates end up jobless, no matter what university they came from. The battle of who knows more and who is best among these graduates in their chosen field is not the only basis that any company is looking for and when applying for a job, good communication skills in English is also a requirement. Today the large majority of Filipino writers, historians, scholars and journalists are working almost entirely in English. English is very much part and parcel of the Philippine's national birth. High-quality text books, instructional material, libraries and reading centers should be available in every colleges and universities with standardized testing and mandatory reading assignments. For the evolving Philippine middle class this would create a new generation of highly articulate readers and writers with excellent abilities to access information and form critical opinions and thoughtful analysis of their society and leaders. There has been a great deal of research conducted with regard to “New Englishes”. These are mostly studies regarding language trends which have sprouted from former English-speaking colonies. One of these is English in the Philippine context which is presented in the book Filipino English and Taglish-Language Switching from Multiple Perspectives by Roger Thompson. He suggests that Filipinos code-switch between English and Filipino because: • English was indigenized in the Philippines from 1898 to 1946. 13 • When Philippines became an independent commonwealth in 1936, the rise of the Filipino language...
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