SMAN 1 Nguntoronadi

The Importance of English in the Globalization Era


by:

Drs Nursahid, M.Pd.

SMAN 1 Nguntoronadi Headmaster


Language is a medium of communication and expression.  It is used as a means of communication between people who are not only from the same state, but also between countries that have different  language. Like other languages, English is the one important language in the world. It is an international language which is spoken in many countries both as a native and as a second or foreign language. It is taught in the school in almost every country in this earth, included Indonesia. The fact that English is now the main international language is indisputable. In all aspects of international life – trade, science and technology, diplomacy, education and travel-English has been used as the common language for decades. One of the main reasons why English is the international language in the world today is the fact that Britain was the global superpower in the nineteenth century and America  is the global superpower in the twentieth and twenty-first.

In the globalization era that is filled by challenges and competitions are super tight, everyone is demanded not only have a high level of education, but also required to have a special capability , commonly called skill. One of the skill that most needed today is English language. In which English has been determined to be one of an international language as verbal language to communicate. Also as an universal language of instruction used in almost every corner of the world. Even though there are many languages in this world but all the people do not speak all the language, and English is the most commonly used in International language. Thus if it is learnt, it can bring people closer, it can make business and negotiations easier, and it can help people communicate with others of all cultures across the globe.

Nowdays English is no longer a very unusual thing, but English has become the norm especially in the era of globalization. Able to speak well and fluently in English no longer be an added value, but it has become demands or needs for every people in today’s era of globalization. This is because English language influence in almost all aspects in life. English not only  as an academic requirement for mastery is limited in aspects of language knowledge, but also as a language of science and  technology. It means that English is used to communicate and interact in science and technology. Seeming that most of the utilizing terms of English, and even a variety of documents and technical guidelines for the use and improvement of a device that speaks English. According to research, it has been noted that the field of science and technology also rely on the English language. From one billion documents on the website in 1999’s, amounting to 86,5 % used in English. English is also used to cooperate in the world of business with entrepreneurs from various countries. Job opportunities for someone who mastered the English language is wide open to welcome work in companies or private organizations or government agencies, also be able to get a good position in that company or institution. It is complicated for someone to gain the considerable job without skill of English.  In an increasingly globalized business world, a number of local companies including the Indonesian company has entered into the world trade and use English as the main communication tool,  and at the height of international companies that enters to the local trade due to the use of English language of business which became increasingly perceived as a necessity.

Looking at the fact that the capability of English will become the contributing factor of success in academic and job. Therefore, in this era of globalization and even for the millennium generation, it is quite important to learn or speak English or other foreign languages. Most people believe that the era of globalization is very important to master at least English or other foreign languages. Another claim that if without mastery of English language is good, a country will not advance. It is undoubtedly that English important to be studied, learned, practiced and matered in order that we are able to compete and face the globalization era. It is suggested that it will be better and successful in mastering English communication skill well by not regarding English as a textbook knowledge  only but we must practice it, make use of it in our daily life. As it is said that English as other languages, can be mastered by a habit. Language mastery can be reached or achieved through habitual action. That is why in this forum, the readers-either teachers, students or stake holders- are invited to discuss, share the information, stories and experience in using English.

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