The impact of English on learners’ wider lives
Work by: Donjeta Shehu, Shkurte Asllani Professor: Ma. PhD. Nazli Tyfekci University of Gjakova “Fehmi Agani”
Table of Contents
1. Introduction and the study objectives …………….……………………………………. 1
1.1 Introduction ……………………………………………………………………….. 1
1.2 Study objectives …………………………………………………………………. 1
2. English as an access to knowledge …………………………………………………….. 2
2.1 Access to the most interesting knowledge ………………………………………… 2
2.2 New opportunitites for communication ……………………………………………3
3. Employability (Job opportunities) with English language …………………………….. 4
4. The impact on Media and Entertainment ..……………………………………………….5
3.1 English on the Internet ….…………………………………………………………. 5
3.2 Books, movies ; songs …………………………………………………………… 6
5. The importance in Education …………………………………………………………… 7
6. Career opportunities …………………………………………………………………….. 8
7. The Advantages when Travelling …………………………………………………… 10
8. Conclusion ; References ……………………………………………………………. 12
1 INTRODUCTION AND THE STUDY OBJECTIVES
1.1 IntroductionEnglish is the dominant international language of the 21st century. It is spoken at a useful level by some 1.75 billion people – a quarter of the world’s population. It now belongs to the world and increasingly to non-native speakers – who today far outnumber native speakers.As the language of communications, science, information technology, business, entertainment and diplomacy, it has increasingly become the operating system for the global conversation. The impact of globalisation and economic development has made this language, the language of opportunity and a vital means of improving an individual’s prospects for well-paid employment.Most of the individuals regard education as the best way to escape poverty, and believe that learning English in particular offers great opportunities for career advancement.
Thus, individuals seeking to learn English do so not only because it is an enriching second language, or because it is a rewarding pastime. More usually they learn because it affords access in everything.
1.2 Study objectives
This project investigates English as an international language and evaluates its impact on its learners’ wider lives.It focuses on the areas where English as one of the most important language creating an important role in learners’ lives, has made a significant impact in almost every field possible.Is an insight on importance of English language in corporate world.
1 | Introduction and the study objectives
2 ENGLISH AS AN ACCESS TO KNOWLEDGE
When a person is proficient and skilled with their use of English, new information becomes available to them, together with new and varied opportunities for communication and interaction. In fact, many people find that there are no shortages (and certainly many advantages) that arise from their command and use of the English language.
2.1 Access to the most interesting knowledge
Much of the most sought after, relevant, contemporary and fascinating knowledge and online, visual and print based information is expressed in English. A person who has committed to learn English is rewarded with greater access to many different sources of information. These include:
Websites – There is a staggering and ever-increasing number of web pages of information written in English. In fact, more than one billion pages of information are published online. When you are able to speak and read English, you have access to an incredible amount of knowledge on the net and are better placed to pursue your interests and enquire into particular subjects of interest.
Books – Despite the prevalence and seeming reliance of so many of us on web-based
information, there will always be a place for books. An overwhelming number of books about a variety of subjects can be read in English, furthering emphasising the value of learning English.
Print-based media – Wherever you travel throughout the world, you are bound to find that the only magazines and newspapers that are consistently found and available are those written in
English. When you can speak English, it is reassuring to know that you do not have to hunt or struggle for information.
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Science – While important scientific research and developments occur throughout the world, English is frequently perceived as the fundamental language that underpins the world of science. A vast majority of scientific articles are written in English, including those that come from countries where English may not be the predominant language used.
Current affairs – English speaking networks tend to most quickly broadcast breaking news and current affairs and are quite often seen as more reputablw and credible than networks that may be smaller and may not use English as a first language. It is significant too, that news reports and currents affairs in English can be viewed anywhere in the world.
2.2 New opportunities for communication
Of all the languages in the world, English is undeniably the language that allows so many people to communicate.Even when people are not native English speakers, by learning English, new opportunities to meet, interact and communicate with people are created.
When you can speak and read English, it is possible to communicate with people all over the world and gain more from travel experiences.
It is dangerous to assume that learning English is easy or straightforward. Learning any language can be challenging and demanding, but the rewards that are available through command of the English language more than compensate for the commitment that is required.
Communicative competence in English language is a factor of academic excellence and
performance especially in this part of the world. This further explains the notion that, the reading ability in a Foreign Language is primarily determined by the learners’ proficiency in that language.
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3 Employability (Job opportunities) with English language
Knowing English opens job opportunities in many countries and markets. Multilateral instaurations and agencies in the Four United Nation cities of New York, Vienna, The Hague and Geneva recruit professionals with multilingual skills but also expect the candidates to have good English speaking skills. In every business, whether it is a shop or stock market we need to learn English in order to run it smoothly. We have to learn how to tackle the customers so that all the customers & clients wish that they should be satisfied by the owners. For this also we must be proficient in English language.
And the relationships can be built up through communication skills. If we are fluent enough in our communication skills then the dream job is not far from us. For good communication skills we need to learn English. Most of the students who pass out their degrees of engineering, management but are not able to get the desired job. It is only due to lack of communication skills. They are not poor in their skills so being skilled technically they are poor in attracting the people. They are unable to attract the people as a result they remain unemployed or suffered from exploitation. English Language makes them unique personality. It leads to words soft skills, life skills, interpersonal skills and many more skills.
If your English is very powerful, no corporate house can reject you and you can have a best job opportunity. Today in the world of trade & commerce, technological world we need to have good command over English along with our technical skills. It can reduce the amount of unemployability. It is well said— “Good English equals good job”. So it gives various opportunities of employability whether it is a corporate world or personal business of any kind. Here are some of the benefits which are reflected through the employment of English employability. These are communication skills confidence, self reliance and enthusiasm.
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4 THE IMPACT ON MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT
3.1 English on the Internet
In 2010, 30.1 million adults in the UK (approximately 60%) used the Internet almost daily, which is almost double the estimate of 2006. The same report found that 19.1 million UK households (73%) had an Internet connection. It was found that Internet use is linked to various socio-economic and demographic indicators. For example, 60% of users aged 65 or over had never accessed the Internet, compared to 1% of those aged 16 to 24. Educational background also has an impact on Internet use. Some 97% of degree-educated adults had used the Internet, compared to 45% of people without formal qualifications. In 2010, there were an estimated 536 million users of the English language Internet, constituting 27.3% of all Internet users. This makes the English Internet the most used in the world – only the Chinese Internet comes anywhere close, with 445 million users. The third most popular language on the Internet is Spanish, with about 153 million users.
With 9.1 million registrations in February 2011, the UK’s top-level country domain, .uk, is the fifth most popular extension in the world. It is also the second most used country-specific extension, beaten only by Germany’s .de extension. The growing importance of the Internet is critical for language technology in two ways. On the one hand, the large amount of digitally available language data represents a rich source for analysing the usage of natural language, in particular by collecting statistical information. On the other hand, the Internet offers a wide range of application areas that can be improved through the use of language technology.
English learners use internet on daily basis, so given the fact that English Internet is the most used language in the world, the impact of this language on their lives is major.
5 | The impact on Media and Entertainment
3.2 Books, movies & songs
In today’s world, each and every English learner is open to books, movies, songs and different activities that are written, done, and performed in the English Language.Short and simple, English is everywhere.
Different books, most of the literature, stories, blogs, documents/ documentary books, are written in this universal language, in English. By reading books in English language, learners expand their knowledge in language and are open to lot of opportunities of a job, and their skills are improved too, be them psychological or physiological.
Movies, whether documentary ones, historical, or any other genre, help showing a story in an interesting way which makes easier for a learner to understand the language.Movies are shown to the world, and most of these movies are in English language, not to mention the fact that even though not performed in the English language, the movies are translated from any other language to the English language, with subtitles or dublication.
Most of the songs in the whole world, in order to become hits, must be understood by people so that they know what they are listening. Today, all of the songs that are most listened and heard worldwide are in the English language.It is an obvious fact that an individual learns a lot from a language through songs.
Knowing the fact that songs are listened non-stop, and this as a major habit can be very productive in learning a language. Whether you understand the lyrics or not, English music is everywhere, and it’s a good idea to start paying attention to the lyrics and using them to learn. When you start paying attention to the lyrics your listening skills naturally improve. Once you learn a few songs, you’ll start gathering an immense repertoire of songs and vocabulary. Just the fact that you start caring about the lyrics will activate your listening skills and listening to music in English will become an enjoyable learning exercise.
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5 THE IMPORTANCE IN EDUCATION
1. English minimized the differences in standards of education:
Though every nation seemed to instill modern or scientific education, there was huge difference in standard of education between the developing nations and the developed ones. So you can find many US and UK related universities in top ranks in education.
But this gap was largely minimized due to usage of some standard books as common by students of all the countries. For ex: Grays anatomy, Guyton’s Physiology used by medical students, Vogel’ s analysis used by chemistry students world wide. Use of same standard books for a subject minimized the knowledge differences among students world wide. This was again possible because these books were exclusively written in English.
2. English helped students to study abroad and get knowledge of their interest if particular course was not available in native countries.
a. Not all countries could offer all the courses in their universities. For instance Astro-biology is present in very few countries like US and if a student of other countries are willing to learn the subject, they could apply there with their English language as one of their eligibility. b. Similarly now a days there are student exchange programs between universities of different nations for better exposure of students in particular subject or field. This is again made easy due to English knowledge among the students.
3. English helped in easier spread of education:
a. In under developed countries like Africa, the education is spread in faster rate in the recent past. This was possible because those countries invite professors, educationalists and experts of different subjects from developed countries to impart knowledge in their countries. Again the medium of instruction is English there, so the spread of education was easier. b. Even use of books written in English by foreign author’ s in remote places like developing countries helped in easy spread of knowledge.
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6 CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Good command over English opens up various avenues for a bright career.
People have been moving to different countries for better job opportunities. One of the most important aspects in getting a good job abroad is the command over English. TOFEL/ IELTS/PTE must be cleared in order to get good opportunities overseas. More than 2 billion people all over the world use English to communicate on a regular basis. Research shows that English is the business language across the globe. With globalization, all cross-border business communication is usually done in English. It’s presence in the global market place cannot be underestimated.
• English is spoken in many countries worldwide and is often the nominated language to use in many industries such as aviation. Learning English gives you the skills necessary to begin or advance a career in an industry where English is a required language.
• If you work in an international industry, having English language skills could mean you have the opportunity to travel or even live in different countries. It is important in many different industries such as retail, sales, administration, marketing, transportation, tourism, banking, law and many many more.
8 | Career opportunites• Being proficient in the English language could get you ahead of other candidates when you’re applying for a new job or a promotion. Speaking English opens up a wide range of new opportunities both in your career and in your personal life.
• Being able to show you’ve learned a foreign language like English will show employers that you’re dedicated and have a work/study ethic. It also shows you are a dedicated and hard-working person and these are skills employers look for.
• Lastly, learning English at a London language school will give you countless opportunities to put your new-found skills into practice with native speakers, and, perhaps even in a workplace environment.
So, if you have a good command over English, your opportunities for a well-paid and interesting career increase manifold. You’ll be able to work for, or deal with, international companies and organizations around the globe, which in turn may lead to opportunities to travel and broaden your outlook. English, when spoken with confidence and finesse, not only adds to the charisma, but also helps one accomplish their personal professional goals.
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7 THE ADVANTAGES WHEN TRAVELLING
You can travel around the world and socialize with people everywhere if you can speak English. Generally, the advantages that come with learning this language for vacationers are many, valuable, and varied.
Ease of making bookings – As so many travellers will testify, being able to quickly and easily make reservations and other bookings is critical to the success of your adventures. Needing to spend time, effort and possibly money on translations and explanations can be stressful and is simply not effective. Having studied English at an English language school, you will have a fabulous foundation from which to perform critical tasks when travelling, including ordering food and booking accommodation, as well as finding and checking in to your lodgings.
Ease of expressing yourself – When you are a proficient speaker of the English language, it is much simpler to ask for what you want and explain your preferences. For example, expressing yourself through the English language can make it far easier to ask for food to be cooked the way that you desire, an air conditioned room or recommendations for sights and adventures most closely aligned with your interests.
Interacting with other travelers – No matter where travellers call home, English is, overwhelmingly, the international language of communication for travellers. Although you may be thousands of kilometres from home and initially perceive little advantage in hanging out with people that live close to or in a similar way to you, it can often be very comforting to mix with people with whom you can share experiences and communicate using a language with which you are confident. When you can speak a common language, interacting with others becomes less challenging. English, for example, enables you to socialize with the locals in your tour destination and learn something about their lifestyle. This way, you will easily meet new people and establish relationships.
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It enhances confidence – When you know that you can easily express yourself and even make new friends, your confidence improves during travel. Since you hear what the locals are saying, and can even ask questions, you ensure your safety by avoiding dangerous places, for example. When you learn English, getting insight into other people, their lifestyles, and recommended tourist areas becomes easy, thus enhancing your confidence.
Developing life skills – Learning a foreign language involves different learning skills and helps develop key skills through listening, writing and reading. This in turn will help actually help you improve in other areas too. Your general reading and mental skills improve through studying a language. In fact, if studied from a young age, there will be a very noticeable benefit to cognitive development, such as creativity, problem-solving and reasoning. But in addition to these skills, learning a foreign language will give you important life skills. You will be better able to adapt and cope with changes and to deal with unfamiliar and new situations. You will also find that you are better able to communicate with people from all walks of life.
Understanding other cultures – Learning English as a foreign language allows you to fully appreciate the culture and its context of a country, it widens your understanding. By understanding a person’s culture, for example, you can avoid situations which could cause misunderstandings. Being able to understand other cultures and through learning a foreign language you can bridge the gap between cultures, which would be a powerful tool in today’s modern world. It also increases your understanding of your own culture. If you study English and its culture, you will be able to see your own culture from another perspective. Encountering other cultures will allow you to question things that you’ve taken to be universal.
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The essence of this paper is to show the importance of the impact of English in every field that learners will have to choose to improve their lives.There is not even a single area that learners will not have to deal with English, in order for them to be connected to the world. Today there is no field where English is not used so one must be not only aware of English language but proficient, fluent and accurate in English and be a good communicator.
The areas where English is vital are countless, and this is what makes this language, one of the most wanted language to learn.
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12 | Conclusion & References