Importance of English | As a Language in Education & Business
English is a language with worldwide presence, acceptance and accommodated into technology.
British rule has spread the English language all over the world.
It was enforced to be taught in education, and all the laws and rules meant for enactment were published in English.
So there was an inevitable need for the local people of English ruled countries to learn the language.
Though the English rule was not acceptable to the natives of respectable countries, the English language stayed with them as it was a convenient means of communication even in between nations of different languages. Further, the English language has played an essential role in the spread of formal education.
Importance of English as a language:
1. English for the spread of information:
a. The English language has such an extensive presence that, it helped in easy exchange of information by the newspapers, novels, books of social prominence, etc. This helped in the easy spread of information worldwide.
b. Further, there are scientific, cultural and art related organizations which try to coordinate the knowledge worldwide with the use of the English language.
2. English for extension of busyness and economy:
a. Due to English being a common language, it was easy for businesses on a worldwide scale. For instance, in the healthcare sector, stock markets, advertisements, software, banking, petroleum products, biotechnology have a wide presence due to English as a common means of communication.
b. There are many world-famous authors and scientists who by their ability to write in the English language gained worldwide fame. Further, since their books like novels, journals were written in English, they had extensive sales. This could not have been possible if written in native language and books were sold in the native country alone.
c. Even there are many institutes, books, etc. to teach English to people. These options also act as good revenue sources.
3. English for spread and advancement of technology:
a. English is a boon for technology progress and application. You can find a computer or iPad like devices with English commands and they are used by people of all the nations due to ease of use as customers knew the English language.
b. Further, the technology could be quickly spread as scientists from one country could go to another and help the host nation in the development of technology as the means of communication was English.
4. Worldwide employment opportunities:
a. Because of the English language, many people started migrating from developing countries to developed ones as they could easily work there due to the knowledge of English. Hence you can find many emigrating to the United States, Canada, and Europe from other countries to get and work there due to their skills in English.
b. To a person with sound knowledge in English, it is possible to work from home through a computer for clients from other countries. Some of the jobs include data entry, medical transcription, freelance writing, etc.
Importance of English in Education:
1. English minimized the differences in standards of education:
Though every nation seemed to instill modern or scientific knowledge, there was a massive difference in the standard of education between the developing countries and the developed ones. So you can find many US and UK related universities in top ranks in education.
But this gap was minimized mainly due to the usage of some standard books as common by students of all the countries. For example Grays anatomy, Guyton’s Physiology used by medical students, Vogel’ s analysis used by chemistry students worldwide. Use of same standard books for a subject minimized the knowledge differences among students worldwide. The maintenance of standards 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 the 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 the US and if a student of other countries is willing to learn the subject, they could apply there with their English language as one of their eligibility.
b. Similarly, nowadays there are student exchange programs between universities of different nations for better exposure of students in a particular subject or field. This is again made easy due to English knowledge among the students.
3. English helped in the easier spread of education:
a. In underdeveloped countries, education has spread at a faster rate in the recent past. This was possible as those countries invite professors, educationalists, and experts of different subjects from developed countries to impart knowledge in their countries. Since the medium of instruction is English there, the spread of information was easier.
b. Even the use of books written in English by foreign author’ s in remote places like developing countries helped in the natural spread of knowledge.
Thus the importance of the English language is immense in the development of the world.