Level of English Proficiency of BS Criminology Students and the Factors that Affect Learning in English Subjects
Submitted as partial fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Masters of Arts in Language Teaching
College of Arts and Communication
University Town, Catarman Northern Samar
Background of the Study
The use of language takes place in all circumstances of our daily lives. It has become a vital tool in interacting with other people to bond or link our interests, work, relationships, and other concerns we may have. It serves as a vehicle to convey idea or details in communicating with different groups of people. “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.” English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and, because it is the preferred language for international commerce, English as a Second Language (ESL) schools exist in most industrialized countries. Even though English grammar is part of the high school curriculum in many countries, many nonnative speakers need extra training to be able to communicate effectively. It is widely used most particularly in school, work, or business, and in different tasks depending on one’s profession. English is dominant in business, government, the legal system, medicine, the sciences and as a medium of instruction. Filipinos prefer textbooks for subjects like calculus, physics, chemistry, biology, etc., written in English rather than Filipino. By way of contrast, native languages are often heard in colloquial and domestic settings, spoken mostly with family and friends. The use of English may be thought to carry an air of formality, given its use in school, government and various ceremonies. A percentage of the media such as cable television and newspapers are also in English; major television networks such as ABS-CBN and GMA 7) and all AM radio stations broadcast primarily in Filipino. English proficiency sustains a significant call center industry for American companies. English is the language most often studied as a foreign language in the European Union, by 89% of schoolchildren, ahead of French at 32%, while the perception of the usefulness of foreign languages among Europeans is 68% in favour of English ahead of 25% for French. Among some of the non-English-speaking EU countries, the following percentages of the adult population claim to be able to converse in English: 85% in Sweden, 83% in Denmark, 79% in the Netherlands, 66% in Luxembourg and over 50% in Finland, Slovenia, Austria, Belgium, and Germany. In 2012, excluding native speakers, 38% of Europeans consider that they can speak English, but only 3% of Japanese people. Books, magazines, and newspapers written in English are available in many countries around the world, and English is the most commonly used language in the sciences with Science Citation Index reporting as early as 1997 that 95% of its articles were written in English, even though only half of them came from authors in English-speaking countries. English literature predominates considerably with 28% of all volumes published in the world [leclerc 2011] and 30% of web content in 2011 (from 50% in 2000).
Thus, the English language is very necessary to all forms of task and roles that makes it very important in Education that the use of the language be taught. Hence, people must study English to know its proper uses and application. “Without grammar, English---and all other languages---would be gibberish....
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