English as a Universal Language Essay

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English language as a universal language and it is very important. Every people are urge to learn English language. Especially for university students who are going to enter society after graduation, English is perceived to be crucial for communication at work with regards to employment. But in Malaysia, the proficiency of English language among youth is declining. Start in the 70s, many concerned stakeholders from employers, linguists and educationists to parents have voiced their concern. (Azizan Haraiti, &Lee, Y.M., 2011) Low levels in English proficiently means youth are missing out on current and important issues. Mahathir Mohamad (2011) hopes young Malaysians to master the English language if they did not want to be left behind.…show more content…
Furthermore, English can increase one's chances of being accepted in the exchange program by improving English. One of the requirements for the program is that people applying should have decent skills in the English language. Therefore, youth should take actions to improve English language before regret. Goals, motivation and attitude of youth are the effective ways to improve one's English language. Youth must set up a goal and found out the motivations before starting improving English. Goals can help youth to sort out what is important and what isn't. With goals, youth will only focus on the things that they want to achieve and spend precious time on them. For example, learn to write a good essay during three month set as one’s goal, he or she will try their personal best and personal ways to enhance English writing skills during that given period. Motivation also plays a critical role in improving English language. McDonough S. (1983: 142) stated that “motivation of the student is one of the most important factors influencing their success or failure in learning the language.” When studying English, youth might face a lot of different problems like environment problem, financial problem and so on. Motivation can help one to keep going despite the problems. If one keeps the motivation high and their eyes on the goal, no problem will seem insuperable. Besides that, attitude of youth towards improving English language also important. Youth must keep a
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