Speaking Effectively in English

Assalamualaikum and good morning to Principal Puan Nur Azlina Mohamad, members of the School Alumni, teachers, parents and all ex students of Victoria Institutions, it is an honor to speak to all of you today and to present a paper titled ‘The Benefits of Speaking Effectively in English’.

If you are currently learning English in a school , college or university. Actually you join approximately one billion other people around the world who are engaged in the same pursuit.However as you may memorise and use proper grammar and try to avoid the mistakes common to most students of English, you may wonder why you are learning English in the first place. • Important of English as the official second language. So, why is speaking effectively in English important? As stated by Baugh & Cable (2000), in numbers of speakers as well as in its uses for international communication. English is spoken by more people than any other language and is the native language of more than 350 million people worldwide which mean, more people speak English than those who speak the Arabic and French languages combined.Moreover, English is the international language of Diplomacy, business, science, technology, banking, computing, medicine, aviation, engineering, architecture, tourism, Hollywood films and arguably the best pop and rock music in the world.

English has plenty of words to choose from. In fact, an English speaker is offered the biggest vocabulary of any language with a choice of 500,000 to 1,000,000 words, that including technical and scientific terms. But please don’t panic, most English speaker do very well with a vocabulary of around 20,000 words. English can be fun too.For instance, the music of such stars as Elvis Presley, Micheal Jackson, The Beatles, Aerosmith and Madonna has encouraged fans to speak the language of their idols. Many others have enrolled in English classes just to improve their understanding of the dialogue in their favourite films and TV shows. Or perhaps they have embraced English to enjoy the writing of Stephen King, George Orwell or J.

K. Rowling. They may even have an interest in speaking English just to converse with travelers from other countries, who communicate by using the English global interlingua while travelling abroad.Now you know, if you are studying English at school, college or university, remember that getting an A grade in English is almost worthless in terms of communication. If you cannot speak the English language effectively. Spoken English is used in the best careers, the best universities and is increasingly being used at job interviews. So like it or not, English is a very important language to learn how to speak effectively.

Being able to read and write in English is not enough. • The need for speech training Speech is one of the 3 fundamental communication modes.The ability to communicate through effective speaking is as important to develop language skill as is the ability to write effectively. Learning to speak English well may be the best thing you can do to improve your life. That’s right. Do you think it would be fun to have access to information that other people can’t get? Make big jumps in your career and leaving others miles behind? Talk and write letters to other people that others can’t communicate? Well, you can get all this if you can speak English well. There are many more advantage for those who can speak English well.

Let me brief you some of the advantages.The motivation to learn English in postcolonial nations like Malaysia, is no longer the compulsion of imperialistic colonialism. Current motivation is partly directed by politics, and primarily driven by the growth of information technology in science and technology and world economics. The use and need of English language in Malaysia has become more important nowadays. As mentioned by Crystal (1995) found in Ganakumaran (2007) studies, she suggests six reasons for the spread of the English language in Malaysia. 1. Historical (i.

e. as a result of a colonial legacy); 2. Internal politics (i. e. he maintenance of English as a neutral language of communication between different ethnic groups); 3. External economic reasons (i. e.

to participate in international trade and business); 4. Practical reasons (i. e. for international utilitarian functions); 5. Intellectual reasons (i. e. for acquisition of information on science, technology and on academic subjects); 6.

Entertainment (i. e. to be part of the mainstream popular culture). The age of pragmatism has forced the need for postcolonial nations like Malaysia to negotiate priorities nationalism and internationalism in favour of the English language.A validation of this negotiation in Ganakumaran (2007), by our previous Prime Minister Tun Mahathir (1999), saying that learning in English language will reinforce the spirit of nationalism when it is used to bring about development and progress for the country and true nationalism means doing everything possible for the country, even if it means learning the English language. In another finding in Ganakumaran (2007) by Pennycook (1994). The apparent difference between the present-day spread of the English language to that of the colonial period is that it is natural, neutral and mutually beneficial, as it is the result of globalization.

Neutral, for it is considered a transparent medium of communication and mutually beneficial because of the assumption that international communication occurs on a co-operative and equitable footing. As a result, English is the most widespread lingua franca in the world, a status it has achieved because of its large number of non-native speakers from geographical locations scattered around the world. Hence, the label English has been applied to many forms of the language: American English, British English, Indian English, West African English, Singaporean English, Australian English, etc.This heterogeneous situation gives rise to comparison and evaluation between the varieties Based on research by Ru (2010). With globalisation and the advent of information technology, the English language has become more important for second language. It was also found in Bolton (2008) saying that the contemporary visibility and importance of English throughout the Asian region coupled with the emergence and development of distinct varieties of Asian Englishes have played an important part in the global story of English in recent years. Advantage during the jobs interviews.

Some business that deal with international clients and suppliers rely on English speaking employees to help with operations to interpret, translate and communicate with English speaking customers and clients. Being fluent in English can improve employment opportunities. You’ve probably read of the many ways you need to prepare for a job interview and heard about how to dress and to act. While all of these things are important it is also important to pay attention to your English. When you talk to some one that uses poor English, the first thought that comes to your mind is this person is unintelligent.Would you hire this person for a job? The answer to this question is probably no. If someone use poor English, it is likely that they are unintelligent or uneducated.

People will always judge you by the way you look and by the things you say. When in a job interview you can’t be lacking in either area. The first step in preparing for your job interview is to practice speaking. In addition to job opportunities, there are other opportunities available for those who fluent in English. Fluent in English can improve the chances of being accepted into advanced training programs or universities in English speaking countries.Travel The English language is predominantly spoken throughout the world, so international travelers may find that English can make their travels a little easier. Most hotel and restaurant employees, as well as store merchants, probably speak English to some degree.

Crystal (2003), mentioned English is a global language. You can hear on television spoken by politicians from all over the world. Whenever you enter a hotel or restaurant in a foreign city, they will understand English, and there will be an English menu. AcademicsEnglish language is the language of academics all over the world, with a large number of research conducted, written and presented in English. Knowing English very much helpful for scholars who wish to communicate their ideas or perhaps their research findings to peers in their field. Statement by Tun Mahatir Mohamed found in research by Gill (2005), when he was asked the important of English, he said that education is for the purpose of knowledge. If you have to use a language which makes the knowledge more easily accessible, you should use that language, ….

Our education system is like any other education system.It is meant to enable us to acquire knowledge. If we have the knowledge available in the national language, by all means, do…. but the fact is that in science the research that is being done is moving at a very fast pace. Everyday literally thousands of papers on new research is being published and practically all of them are in English. To translate English into Bahasa, would require a person with three skills. Skill in the two languages and skill in the subject that is to be translated and we don’t have very many people who are qualified to do that or who wish to do that.

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