The Importance Of English As An International Language?

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As English continues to grow as an international language, cultural concerns surrounding the standardization of the language also grow. Language is an independent vein of communication that varies from country to country. For example, Argentina and Cuba both name Spanish as a national language, but speech patterns and word connotations will vary between and within those countries. Certain aspects of an environment including socioeconomic status, quality of education, and the influence of popular culture and the media will contribute to these colloquialisms. In order to bridge the gaps caused by variations in speech, linguists have suggested instituting a common language of choice among speakers from different linguacultural backgrounds, or…show more content…
It is necessary to form standards based upon all varieties of English because the goal is clear, pragmatic communication and preservation of individual culture. Not all countries are exposed to the same degree of English speaking fluency which leads to multiple dialects of English. For example, in Japan there a there is not a high concentration of native speakers, or people who have learns English as a second language, making the variety of English spoken there much different than the English spoken in countries where English is more prevalent (Bolton, 2000). In other words, their command of English is further from native command. Due to this, the main focus of implementation will be teaching basic language skills necessary for clear, pragmatic communication across intercultural boundaries, taking into consideration the multiple versions of the English…show more content…
English’s proliferation throughout international education and international media has caused most countries with higher education and access to the media, such as mainland Europe, to already have significant exposure to the language. This has caused a large percent of the population, especially in the younger generations, to have some degree of English proficiency (Modiano, 2009). Additionally, according to Dombi (2011), English is the most highly desired language to learn in most European countries, likely do to its presence in institutions of higher
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