Why not insist on English?

In the international realm of languages, there is English and there are the ‘native’ languages, which are region-specific. English is the world’s 2nd language and our native language is our 1st.But in my opinion, English is an opportunity for better life.

Gone are the days when children or should I say parents wanted children to become doctors and engineers. Now, all you can hear is “Oh! You are an IT professional, must be making a lot of money!! or “ I am working in a call centre for quick bucks before college reopens”. Do you really think it is easy to get into IT or ITES jobs without speaking English? This is where the so called “English Training Institutes” increase their economy. Being a voice and accent trainer myself I have seen desperation in people’s eyes to learn English. I’ve had IT professionals coming to me wanting to learn” Global English” in 3 weeks only because their new project is relocating them to the UK or US. Is it possible to learn English in 3 weeks? So why wait till you get that dream job or till you get relocated to the US or UK to learn this language!

Science, Technology and the endless marvels emanating from IT have decidedly overtaken our lives and the fact remains that these on-going advancements are the power of a world that uses English as its mother tongue.In India the major entrance exams for higher education are in English for eg. IITJEE, IIM’s MBBS, C.A, CLAT etc. In the current scenario in India, knowledge of English empowers the talented underprivileged aspirants to compete for plum jobs and position.

Math is a language of science, Music is a language of emotions and English is a common language to solve common problems like climate change, hunger, poverty, natural disasters, disease etc. English is a language which easily opens up man’s perception and broadens the horizon on global current events. Adopting English as the language of communication does not imply that native languages should be compelled to die a natural death. Respecting one’s language and culture is the beginning of openness to other languages and cultures. Exposure to diversity can only broaden the mind, it cannot lead to the loss of individuality or identity.

English represents hope for a better future, a future where the world has a common language to solve common problems.

– Malini Anoop

International Centre for Excellence