London, April 2010 – Is an international education and fluency in English the passport to success in a ever more globalised world? Ask twenty one year old HaiLing Chang and she nods her assent. For this Shanghai graduate, the desire to seek an education outside China has been primarily driven by what she claims is China’s emerging fascination with global economy. Multi-lingual Chinese speakers like HaiLing are now aware of the job possibilities that await her outside China. “The internet has changed our world-view. When I was growing up, we were at least aware of what was happening in the world around us. My parents lived in a more claustrophobic environment. But I want to be able to prove my capabilities and talents outside China too”, says HaiLing in perfectly enunciated English.
Many native Chinese speakers like HaiLing are realising the importance of learning English as a second language. Non-native English speakers, especially from South East Asia, have often struggled to be interpreted correctly by the Western peers and colleagues. Now with a new generation armed with multi-lingual skills, the world seems to be shrinking further.
Records suggest that there are nearly 2 billion English speakers across the world. Proficiency in English is seen as a passport to comfortable travel anywhere across the world. English also has the distinction of being the fastest growing language in the world – if one were to assess the language’s growth in terms of added number of non-native speakers and new words in the vocabulary. In geographical terms also, English is spoken and understood across most continents in the world.
“I began by watching English soaps and series after satellite television began bringing Western programmes into our lives. I think it was MTV that made English songs popular in the Asian subcontinent. Now I think Ricky Martin and Bryan Adams have bigger shows that are fast sold-out in Bangkok and Tokyo than even in the United States”, argues Yuko Tamahara, a student of English from Tokyo.
Tamahara and two other friends had made a pact to set out for England to live and learn English from native speakers. It was when they arrived in the UK that they realised that there was a sizeable community of South Asian students studying English in various language institutes across UK. “I wanted to enrol in an English Course England was offering. So we chose to enrol for pre-sessional programmes Bristol offered. There are a lot of benefits of gaining a degree in English from a reputable institute here”, says Tamahara’s friend, Yusuke Kano.
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