Tak­ing English to a higher level

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tHE English lan­guage has en­trenched it­self as a global lan­guage to be reck­oned with. Its im­por­tance in the work­place and other ar­eas can­not be de­nied.

Re­search has shown that one in four of the world’s pop­u­la­tion speaks English. Ap­prox­i­mately 375 mil­lion peo­ple use it as their first lan­guage and more than 375 mil­lion speak it as a sec­ond lan­guage. It has of­fi­cial sta­tus in at least 75 coun­tries with a pop­u­la­tion of over two bil­lion.

The wide­spread use of English in prac­ti­cally all as­pects of life and the work­place is un­ques­tion­able. It is used as the main in­ter­na­tional lan­guage in busi­ness com­mu­ni­ca­tions, IT, ed­u­ca­tion, jour­nal­ism, pop mu­sic, ad­ver­tis­ing, aca­demic con­fer­ences, travel, air­ports, air traf­fic con­trol, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, diplo­macy, sports and the “of­fi­cial” lan­guage in in­ter­na­tional events. It is syn­ony­mous with progress, power and moder­nity.

Nearly 80% of in­for­ma­tion stored in the world’s com­put­ers and 85% of In­ter­net home­pages are in English. In the field of ICT or in­for­ma­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies, the po­si­tion of English is un­ri­valled: It is the first lan­guage for about 68% of Web users.

Not only has the use of the English lan­guage changed in re­cent years, its multi-faceted ap­pli­ca­tion in the global arena also makes it a lan­guage wor­thy of cog­ni­sance. Its im­por­tance and role in achiev­ing this coun­try’s vi­sion of de­vel­oped na­tion sta­tus by 2020 can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

The English lan­guage is in fact the en­gine that drives the ve­hi­cle to­wards the achieve­ment of this goal. It is in this vein that a de­mand for teach­ers who spe­cialise in the Teach­ing of English as a Sec­ond Lan­guage or TESL can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

At the Man­age­ment and Sci­ence Univer­sity (MSU), rated twice as an “Ex­cel­lent Sta­tus Univer­sity” in Malaysia, cour­ses lead­ing to a diploma and de­gree in TESL are of­fered through the School of Ed­u­ca­tion and So­cial Sciences (SESS).

The MSU-TESL pro­gramme dif­fers from other TESL pro­gramme in the coun­try be­cause of its em­pha­sis on the ac­qui­si­tion of soft skills. Th­ese in­clude the use of ICT, com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, pub­lic speak­ing, lead­er­ship skills, crit­i­cal think­ing and prob­lem-solv­ing em­bed­ded in the pro­gramme. The MSU-TESL pro­gramme is metic­u­lously crafted to en­hance the grad­u­ate’s worth.

The univer­sity as­pires to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion that will en­hance its grad­u­ates’ em­ploy­a­bil­ity while en­rich­ing them with a learn­ing

ex­pe­ri­ence that is eth­i­cal.

For more en­quiries on MSU’s TESL pro­gramme of­fered for up­com­ing in­takes, call 03-5521 6868, visit www.msu.edu.my, e-mail en­quiry@ msu.edu.my or send text mes­sage MSUINFO<space>name<space> your e-mail ad­dress to 019-341 9152 or 016-356 8251 or 012-249 6551.

MSU’s SESS stu­dents show­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion for their teach­ers.

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