THE BENEFIT OF LEARNING ENGLISH

This is a short piece of writing about the benefit of learning English.

English is an international language and is spoken by millions of people around the world on five continents.

It is the main language of communication in science, travel and tourism, politics, commerce, medicine, education and education.

There are many benefits for learning English.

The first is surely Opportunity.  It presents so many opportunities in life to people who have ambition and wish to have a happy, successful life.

Learning English will give a person greater confidence and comprehension of language itself, not just English while opening doors in the job market to be a doctor, dentist, lawyer, teacher.

In many countries around the world, children must become acquainted with a basic of four languages in their life quite early on.

The national language such as Indonesian or Spanish may not be the first.

A child will be encouraged to learn and speak the mother tongue such as Sundanese or Catalan while also having to comprehend a religious language such as Arabic and then an International language such as English or even Mandarin, French or Russian.

A real advantage for many students learning English is that it uses the Greek alphabet of twenty-six letters which is in common with many other languages around the world.

Learning English is very much a journey.  It starts in kindergarten or playgroup and it becomes an integral part of the twelve years spent in full-time education at school.

Children should learn English in a controlled but positive, energizing and imaginative way along the way.

English should never become so dominant in the learning process that the other languages needed to be spoken by the student become neglected and perhaps even abandoned in later life.

By the time full-time education is completed, a student of English should be ready and able to study English at a higher level by taking a proficiency test in the course for TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge IGCSE or IB (International Baccalaureate) leading to University admission and eventually job placement.

To get real benefit from learning English, every student must know their aim in learning it and set targets and goals which are achievable and realistic.

Exposure to English in everyday life is very important and so is the act of engagement with others.

Engagement is achieved in the classroom or in one-to-one tuition, socializing, meeting people, using resources available such as books and the internet to put the knowledge learnt at school to good constructive use.

There are, without doubt, a few negatives with the learning of English.

One is to bring students closer to a culture which is totally different from their own with material which may only be partially censored in the learning process, if at all, thereby corrupting their moral values.  Western pop songs, violence in computer games and Hollywood movies are perhaps examples of that.

Another is that the student will become part of the ‘brain drain’.

Having got benefit from learning English to improve the quality of life, the student lives and works overseas, perhaps separated from family members and not being truly nationalistic to the country which presented the opportunity.

Despite this, the advantages of learning English are far more than the disadvantages against learning it.

Learning English is a lifestyle for many people and it should be continued beyond the classroom and into family life..

Family members can speak English together for short periods at the dinner table or while driving out in the car.  Entertainment in English can be watched together while the thrill of going on holiday to a foreign country and speaking English with like-minded people is inspiring and uplifting to everyone.

There is no right or wrong way to learn English but you should keep the following factors in mind.

Always have a dictionary and be prepared to look words up to know their meaning instead of Google electronic translation.

Learn from mistakes and keep them visual.  Never erase them.  See the mistake and learn from it.

Fun, Repetition, Technology, Teaching Aids, Appreciation and Rewards all play a major part in the process of learning English, especially for young learners.

The four elements of literacy – listening, writing, reading and speaking – should always and often be practised to achieve the comprehension needed to get benefit of learning English and reach goals.

Ultimately, the world is your oyster with the English language and the door of opportunity is open for a brighter better future in the global village.

Enjoy the English Journey!  English is for everyone.

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