The Role of English language in the Present day Scenario
Education is a process of enlightenment and empowerment by which the individuals are able to secure a better quality of life. Today, education is global and a multipurpose social service, which must reward human resourcefulness, commitment and freedom. The present day education is aimed at the growth of body, mind, intellect and soul. Children are humanity's greatest asset. Hence a new vision of human greatness must be instilled in them. Many children go out of our country in pursuit of higher education. Hence we should welcome modern knowledge based on age old culture. It is a widely accepted fact that knowledge must be acquired and supplemented by a life long relearning and retaining system.
English language is realized as a link language with global significance and also the most spread language in the world, second only to Mandarin Chinese. In India it is now an Official language in addition to Hindi. Students at the school level need to acquire better proficiency in English along with the learning of other subjects like Mathematics and Science. With the changing times, expectations of the society about the role of students and demands on them also changed. A very perceptible change came with the advent of industrialization and society is in need of trained meritorious personnel who can effectively contribute to the productivity and manufacture of a variety of goods as well as run the administration. This culture also exposed the need for 'trained persons' with desired capabilities and skills to fulfill diverse tasks. Hence there is a tremendous pressure to see that all students acquire requisite qualifications or degrees that lead to the best kind of employment, thus leading to the importance of imparting knowledgeable and updated education. A degree is no longer a necessary and sufficient qualification if it is not imparted with competency. This cannot be attained if the student does not adapt himself to the exposure of the emerging 'era of knowledge' The students need to have a channel of communicating with other schools, colleges and Institutions for which the knowledge of English plays an important role.
English language also plays a significant role right at the school levels where a child tastes the sweetness of the literary language and develops an interest in it and inculcates the habit of book reading. English as a subject helps a lot to get one into the habit of book reading as most of the books are written in that language. Reading a good book can get one enter a different world of relaxation.
The cross cultural communication helps bring in the confidence in the child and urges him to improve his skill in communicating with various people and encourages them to handle complex concepts with ease. In a period of globalization and modernization English language learning enables in transferring the individuality of a child into a personality. Hence one has to be honest, sincere and dedicated in learning all the subjects equally and update his knowledge by referring various books for which again English language learning plays a key role. To survive in modern society English language learning is as important as water to us. It is also identified to be one of the factors for many graduates to be unemployed. The unemployed graduates are urged to polish up their knowledge in English and Communication skills to better equip themselves. This can be better achieved only if the students begin to learn the language with keen interest at their school level paying equal efforts along with learning other subjects or the key subjects. This holistic approach imparts an education with intellectual expansion by which one can stand on one's feet. The school environment enables the child to attain changes with the changing times and attain his noble objectives if he contributes his mite to improve himself in the English language.