Learning English can change your life in a powerful way. Speaking and writing fluently in English gives you a decisive edge in your professional career. Here’s why:
English is the language of business
As businesses expand and trade globally, English remains the dominant language of the workplace. It is used in meetings, sales pitches, product demonstrations, customer service, international conferences, and more. Technical and legal documents are also most commonly written in English.
Speaking English is almost compulsory in most parts of the world if you’re looking for a high-paying office job in the service industry. That’s why former British colony India has done so well. As The Economist notes, “English has helped India out-compete China in services, while China has excelled in manufacturing.”
English is the language of the Internet
If you’re looking for a solution to a complex problem at work, you’ll probably need to look it up on the Internet and, no surprise, most answers you find are written in English. To make use of the Internet’s vast and potentially valuable resources, you need to understand English. “[M]ore than half of all content on the internet is in English,” notes Steffanie Zazulak on the Pearson English blog, citing available data. Furthermore, social media is incredibly important because businesses use it to communicate with consumers in English and to watch for rising trends.
English is the language of education
If you want to enrol in an overseas university, especially the best ones, you need to be competent in the English language. The top universities in the world overwhelmingly use English as a medium of instruction as most are located in English-speaking countries like Canada, the U.S., UK, and Australia. These universities typically require you to prove that you are proficient in English before you can enrol. Also, many textbooks and research studies are only available in English. To put it very simply, to advance your knowledge, you must first advance your English. Fortunately, most English-medium universities also offer English language courses to international students.
Where’s the best place to learn English and then transition into university? North America, of course! English is the main language in both Canada and the U.S., so you can practice everything you learn with native speakers. Canada and the U.S. are historically immigrant nations with diverse populations that warmly welcome international students who want to learn English and experience local cultures.
One North American university you could consider is Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada. Mount Royal offers an outstanding and comprehensive English Language Program in its Languages Institute. Its teachers are TESL Canada certified and incredibly supportive to make sure you’re comfortable and successful in learning English.
Mount Royal has three full-time programs of different difficulty levels and purpose: Foundational English, Academic English, and English for Professional and Advanced Communication.
The Academic English program is particularly relevant to international students because it aims to improve their language and study skills in preparation for university entrance. Best of all, once you complete the EAP program, you can easily transition into undergraduate programs at Mount Royal. Mount Royal is a fully-accredited university, offering degrees in everything from business administration to nursing. Many students come to Mount Royal for English and stay for a degree.
This article is sponsored by Mount Royal University. Established in 1910, the university is host to more than 11,000 credit students who are enrolled in a variety of programs and courses, including bachelor’s degrees, diplomas and certificates. The university boasts small class sizes – 29 students per class on average. Faculty members are highly rated by students – 82 percent of them say that their professors take personal interest in their academic progress (CUSC-CCREU 2014 Middle-Years Student Survey). Mount Royal’s graduates are highly employable – the university has a graduate employment rate of 91 percent for degree holders, and 87 percent for non-degree holders.