Hi guys! Here is a continuation to the three arguments that I had built last issue.
My fourth reasoning is, English is the roadmap to more foreign investments. In order to attract foreign investors to our country, we should maintain and improve Filipinos’ ability in oral and written English.
“Obviously now, it is more than just the technology. English proficiency and comprehension are already major factors in hiring employees”
“Success in the global marketplace depends largely on being able to communicate competently. A good command of English, widely accepted as the global language, is seen as the key to upward mobility for masses. A person who is proficient in English has a better chance of landing a lucrative job” (Nuqui B-5).
For an individual, to be a certified English language proficient can provide better chances of employment locally or overseas and can be an advantage for him in terms of promotion. For the employer, having this kind of workers to operate businesses can satisfy their customers’ requirements. Thus it is both the interest of the employer and the employee to becoming English experts. Moreover it would help Filipino workers snag better job opportunities and fill in the huge demand for skilled workers abroad.
For this to be realized, one should learn proficiently the use of the English Language. And the best opportunity for this is to learn it while in school. So, schools should adopt English as the language to be exercised in classroom learning experiences.
Lastly, the use of a foreign language – in our case, English – is not an issue of nationalism.
Our national hero, Jose P. Rizal, was multilingual and fluent in English, Spanish, and German. He wrote the Noli Me Tangere” and the “El Filibusterismo” in Spanish because he was more comfortable with the language than with his native tongue. This enabled him to communicate his ideas on the principles of freedom and national liberty more effectively. It did not make him less of a patriot.
Another famous hero known for his deep love of country is Ninoy Aquino. He was from Tarlac but most of his polemics were in English although, like Rizal, he did not lessen in patriotism because he used a foreign language.
At that, English is not really that foreign to us, for we used it in our own for more than half a century during the American regime and beyond. Knowledge of English distinguished us from many other countries and gave us convenient advantage in business, political, and social circles. “We did not need English subtitles, as others did in Hollywood and British movies. Filipino students in American and English universities fared better in arts and letters than their other Asian classmates” (Cruz A14). This just confirms that Filipinos are good English-speakers; and how are we to uphold this than to keep this in practice – keep nothing but English as our means of learning in class.
The use of our national language in our daily conversations is already a firm proof that we value our own. It somehow keeps our identity as Filipinos. But let it be English as the medium of instruction in our schools. As we now know, there are already too many reasons for us to do so – great, great reasons. Would we want these benefits not heed us?