The Malaysian media has been all abuzz lately about the poor standard of English among Malaysian students of late, with blame attached to various parties including teachers, the education system and the attitude of students themselves.
Indeed, studies have found that the standard of English among Malaysians in general have dropped significantly since the last generation, who were subjected to a more British-centric school system. Hence, we are constantly subjected to documents, signboards, articles and other writings that are peppered with grammatical mistakes and wrong vocabulary usages.
Despite the government taking many measures to correct the declining quality of English among students, it s really up to students themselves, as well as their parents to take the necessary steps to improve. Many may wonder why we need to have a fluent command of English, so here are some reasons:
More Job Opportunities
English is the language of the international business world and companies nowadays prefer to hire employees that are fluent in English as they can communicate with their bosses and colleagues much easier. Employees with good English skills are also important for the company as it portrays a more professional and sophisticated image.
Additionally, if you are in a client based line of work like sales or services, speaking fluent English has been shown to increase the ability to sell the product or brand. It also increases to reach of your potential clientele as you can target foreign clients as well as local. Even locally, the ability to speak English well will earn you more customers from across the different races and backgrounds.
Increased Research and Educational Resources
This is especially important for those pursuing a tertiary education, whether it’s a Bachelor’s degree, Masters or PhD as all the internationally recognized textbooks for maths and science subjects are in English. A majority of the humanities courses also rely on textbooks from overseas written in English, except if you’re studying Malaysian history, Malay language, Malay Literature or a foreign language that isn’t English.
Makes Travelling Easy
English has become a universally spoken language so you will have less problems communicating and understanding things when you travel abroad. About 60 countries in the world speak English fluently and many others are learning English to encourage more tourists to visit. With English, you’ll be able to buy things and make bookings without any misunderstanding or delay.
Increased Education Opportunities
A firm grasp of English is always a necessary to pursue an overseas education as your application to most schools or universities in Australia, America, New Zealand and the UK will depend on your English proficiency test score. These tests include things like TOEFL, IELTS, CPE, PTE and many more.
Apart from universities in the western world, many Asian universities (like those in Singapore) also require a certain degree of English assessment scores as their courses are offered in English. Also, virtual and long distance education institutions online also require you to have a certain minimal English assessment score to qualify.
Tips: There are several English course Groupon deals offered for both adults and children, as well as an English book sale by Popular happening these few weeks, where you can pick up affordable books for yourselves and your children. There’s no better way to improve your English than a great reading session.