Why I Been Learning English

1651 Words Aug 6th, 2015 7 Pages
Have you ever wondered, "Why have I been learning English in school if I grew up speaking it?" It 's a question that crops up in most English language arts classes at some point. What 's your answer?

Here are a few typical ones you might hear.

You need to speak, read, and write correct English in order to be successful in society.
People will think you 're uneducated if you don 't know how to use English properly.
Using language effectively is an important part of using the gifts God has given you.
No doubt these answers get at important reasons for English classes. It is true that you should take every opportunity to glorify God by making wise use of His gifts, including language. It is also true that you need to read, write, speak, and listen well in order to enjoy career success in the twenty-first century.

A hundred years ago, most people needed strong bodies along with capable minds and hands to handle tasks requiring interaction with things, not people (farming, factory assembly line, etc.) Over time, machines have taken over many of these tasks. Today, while farming, manufacturing, and the trades remain important, most jobs reflect a global shift into the information age. Humans spend much more of their time interacting with people and ideas, not things. English has become a world trade language, and communication skills are now among the most important "assets" a person can possess regardless of field.

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