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Schools all over the world had since time im­memo­rial em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of learn­ing English as a sec­ond lan­guage, par­tic­u­larly in mother tongue-based coun­tries like the Philip­pines. In fact, many coun­tries in­clude English in their school syl­labus and stu­dents start learn­ing English at a young age.

For one, English has be­come the uni­ver­sal lan­guage that cuts through com­mu­ni­ca­tion lines in the goal of bet­ter un­der­stand­ing for peo­ple of any race. It is thus so es­sen­tial to learn English as re­search shows that one out of five peo­ple can speak or at least un­der­stand English.

The Bri­tish Study Cen­ters School of English, a pi­o­neer in English stud­ies, in a post in its site, em­pha­sizes some points why English is im­por­tant for learn­ers:

1. English is the lan­guage of science, of avi­a­tion, com­put­ers, di­plo­macy, and tourism. Know­ing English in­creases your chances of get­ting a good job in a multi­na­tional com­pany within your home coun­try or of find­ing work abroad.

2. English is the of­fi­cial lan­guage of 53 coun­tries. That is a lot of peo­ple to meet and speak to.

3. English is spo­ken as a first lan­guage by around 400 mil­lion peo­ple around the world.

4. English is the lan­guage of the me­dia in­dus­try. If you speak English, you won’t need to rely on trans­la­tions and sub­ti­tles any­more to en­joy your favourite books, songs, films and TV shows.

5. English is also the lan­guage of the In­ter­net. Many web­sites are writ­ten in English – you will be able to un­der­stand them and to take part in fo­rums and dis­cus­sions.

6. English is based on a sim­ple al­pha­bet and it is fairly quick and easy to learn com­pared to other lan­guages.

7. English is not only use­ful – it gives you a lot of sat­is­fac­tion. Mak­ing progress feels great. You will en­joy learn­ing English, if you re­mem­ber that ev­ery hour you spend gets you closer to per­fec­tion.

8. Since English is spo­ken in so many dif­fer­ent coun­tries there are thou­sands of schools around the world that of­fer pro­grammes in English. If you speak English, there’re lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties for you to find an ap­pro­pri­ate school and course to suit your aca­demic needs.

9. Be­cause it’s fun! By learn­ing English, you will also learn about other cul­tures. Few ex­pe­ri­ences will make you grow as a per­son more than learn­ing the val­ues, habits and way of life in a cul­ture that is dif­fer­ent from yours.

Thus, in our lo­cal aca­demic community, it has be­come very im­por­tant to teach and learn English as it is con­sid­ered a bridge to a bet­ter fu­ture, be it here or in any other coun­try in the world.

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The au­thor is Head Teacher III (English Depart­ment) at Guillermo D. Men­doza Na­tional High School, Sta. Filom­ena, Guagua, Pam­panga

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