/Fear of English misplaced/

The setting up of a special task force to help graduates meet job market demands is a step in the right direction, but what is more essential is to address the basic issue of how students can improve their English.

Teaching, learning and using the English language must never be made into an issue when it is done in the interest of our future generation and for the sake of our nation’s progress and its future well-being.

Unfortunately there are some in our midst who are not prepared to accept this fact, judging from their comments and reactions to the teaching of Maths and Science in English policy.

What is even more disturbing is that there are some irrational ones who regard the teaching, learning and promotion of the English language as unpatriotic.

The ability to learn and use English or any other language should be seen as a progressive move to improve our knowledge and expertise.

The fear of the English language, which some still regard as a legacy of British colonialism, is clearly misplaced and needs to be rectified.

To overcome this, more needs to be done to convince parents and students, particularly those in the rural areas, about the importance of learning English as a tool for science, technology, business and commerce as well as progress and modernisation.

At a time when so much has been spoken about the age of ICT and the global economy, one problem that we need to address and which concerns our future is the command of the English language.

It is an indisputable fact that the command of the English language among our younger generation is poor and is a matter of concern if we are to cope with the global march of information and communications technology.

We must not regard the learning and mastery of the English language as a threat to our cultural or national identity.

Mastering the English language is about rejuvenating the nation. It is about preparing ourselves individually and collectively as a nation in finding our place in the global economy.

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Note: This article has been adapted from the following source.

http://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/letters/2015/11/14/fear-of-english-misplaced/

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