The Importance of English in Today’s Society 

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by AEP Level 6 Students (May 2016)

It is paramount to speak English nowadays since it gives all kinds of opportunities in communication, life quality, and education. First of all, English breaks down communication barriers because it is a lingua franca. In other words, English is the most commonly used language among foreign language speakers. Throughout the world, when people with different languages come together they commonly use English to communicate. That also means that a vast majority of people around the world can speak use this language for different purposes; for example, a multicultural meeting and a chat with a foreigner unable to speak the local language  are some of the situations where English is used as lingua franca. Second, English speakers are very likely to have good job opportunities. For instance, most of the English-speaking countries, such as England and the United States are countries with a high gross domestic product and where speaking English is the best way to get job opportunities. Therefore, the standard of living of these people can improve considerably. Finally, English- speaking countries have the best education offer in the world. In order to enter prestigious universities, such as Harvard University, Stanford University, and Oxford University, it is necessary for candidates who want to study there to speak English. Also, these countries offer lots of scholarships for foreigners that want to study in some of their universities; the only requirement besides being a good student is to have a good level of proficiency in English. In conclusion, speaking English is very important for tourists, professionals, and students who want to be successful.
(Moises Tercero)

There are three main reasons why English is important in our everyday life. First of all, English speakers have better education chances to study abroad and can get high quality education from universities such as Harvard. In addition, English speakers can broaden their world knowledge. Second, people who are proficient in that language have better job opportunities since English is the dominant business language and it has become almost a necessity for people to speak it if they are to enter a global workforce. Its importance in the global market place therefore should not be undervalued or underestimate. Indeed, learning English can really change one`s life in terms of access to jobs. For instance, employees could opt for higher job positions in different some companies such as call centers. , they could also work either as translators or English instructors. Finally, bilingual people have a better standard of living. As they have well-paid jobs, their purchasing power is higher than that of other professionals. In brief, everyone should make an effort to learn English because they may have more chances to succeed in many fields.
(Leyder Lopez)

Learning English is very important nowadays for three main reasons. First, people who speak English have more opportunities. For example, they can attend classes at a prestigious university because the majority of them are located in English speaking countries. Also, English- speakers get better job opportunities since English is the “lingua franca” in business meetings, for instance. Second, English is spoken in almost every country. For example, the signs in most of the international airports are in the local language and in English. Besides, when one travels to a foreign country like Japan or Korea people try to communicate with visitors in English. Finally, most of the scientific documents are written in English. When scientists discover something new, they publish the information in that language. Furthermore, there are more scientific books in English than in any other language. To conclude, English is a very important language not only in English-speaking countries but also in the world.
(Cesar Arguello)

Nowadays speaking English is a key factor to become a successful person. This means that English plays an important role in preparing people to become more versatile professionals. Additionally, it allows them to communicate with people from around the world. For example, in soccer games, the referee has to speak English in order to communicate with players from around the world. Another example is that many of the world’s top films, books and music are published and produced in English. Therefore by learning English one can have access to a great wealth of entertainment and will be able to have a greater cultural understanding. Even though it is difficult to achieve a prefect pronunciation, it is important to understand the grammar structure of English. This allow us to speak more clearly and to make ourselves understand.  Although learning English can be challenging and sometimes be very expensive, money is not wasted because one pays to learn something that will be a crucial part of one’s success. Whether one lives in Latin America or in China, we should all learn English to have the opportunity of sharing experiences and even work with people from around the world. To conclude, English allows us to enrich our knowledge of other cultures and to become successful people.
(Alfredo Gutierrez)

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