This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

China Vs. English As A Second Language

2157 words - 9 pages

CHINA VS. ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

Communication is the activity of transmitting information. Lafayette College (2012) estimates that there are about 6,500 living languages in the world, and Mydans, Seth (2007) state that in terms of globalization, business, and technology, English is the most common language worldwide. According to the Graddol, David (2006), an estimate of 2 billion students worldwide were studying English in 2010. English is actually considered the official global language; it is the official language spoken by the world’s dominant economy, the United States, many commonwealth countries, multinational firms, top universities, and the scientific community.

In ...view middle of the document...

The ideal global business plan is the one in which products can be manufactured in countries where labor is cheap and sold into markets where people are rich. T China has been offering this service for a while, forcing it to communicate more and more with the outside world. Moreover, the free trading system has expanded the economic relations of China with its trade partners, unbroken by many of trade barriers. Every day, more companies and entrepreneurs are interested to invest in the country. But this growth will be possible only if China educates its population, making them qualified and fluent English speakers, able to assume this evolution. As mentioned by Ginger Software (2011, January 9), in this atmosphere, English language is required in order to join, communicate and compete in the international market.

China is now facing some challenges in technological developments for its industry. It is still uncertain if China will be able to develop a domestic technological proficiency to support its capacity to be competitive in the world’s market. According to Ministry of Science and Technology (2000), a Chinese firm can only be register or certified as high-tech only if it meets the following requirements: at least 30% of its employees have college or higher level education, more than 10% of its sales is spent on R&D, and more than 60% of its sales is related to technology services and high-tech products.

The French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (2004) stated that Chinese firms are having a lot of difficulties in reaching sophistication in technology, because the lack information, they are facing the price wars and the patent infringements.
In terms of information, according to Mydans, Seth (2007, April 9), 80% the world's electronically stored information is in English. This percent includes the world R&D data, narrowing the number of people that will be able to use it. The necessity of English as a second language for the Chinese population is clearly stated in all this points; it will be a requisite for the continued growth of the technologic industry and its workers.

Another major concern in China is the quality of life of the Chinese population. According Chong, Wang (2010, July 14), China has improved its ranking from 116th in 2006 to 97th in 2010 among 194 countries. The 97th place still shows how Chinese people spend most of their life working to be able to afford basic things like housing expenses and healthcare; because leisure is most of the Chinese people plans, their budget is too short, and these people have become accustomed to living with the minimum.

Jing, Fu (2008, August 28) affirmed that in China there are 21.48 million rural poor still facing food and clothing shortages, and there still are 35.5 million low-income earners. The poor account for 6 percent of the population in rural areas and 13.7 percent in the western regions and the number for absolute poverty would be around 100...

Other Papers Like China vs. English as a Second Language

A Level English Language Essay

1669 words - 7 pages which normally functions as a noun is adapted to use as a verb. It has now been given a participle form and expressed as parenting. The word visual, which is mainly used as an adjective, has gained an additional function as the verb visualise, created by derivation. Foreign influences constantly change the lexicon of a language. The English language contains many words which have been 'borrowed' at various stages of its history. A recent one

The Importance of a Second Language

1590 words - 7 pages get older, the neurons in our brain harden and it becomes increasingly difficult to learn new things, such as a new language. Many tests and studies have supported this idea of brain plasticity and have shown how learning a second language exponentially easier in the early stages of life. As a college student knowing only English, I deeply regret not having the ability to speak another language. I took Spanish classes throughout middle and high

English as an International Business Language

1737 words - 7 pages it, think about it, and decide what to do to comply with the regulations and put the necessary measures in hand. The chief “subject areas” in the study of Business English are: Reading and comprehension Vocabulary Grammar and syntax The use of non-language aids to enhance the written words-graphics, statistic, etc. Language has always been the mirror to society. English of today is no exception. As Emerson once said: “Language is a

Position of English as a Global Language: Political and Cultural Factors

2157 words - 9 pages effectively and successfully. This demonstrates that Hollywood is both accommodating of other cultures, as well as the transmission of those cultures through an English speaking medium, which would therefore create heightened exposure of the English language globally. English as a second language (wherein it is used together with other local languages for communicative purposes between different language-groups within the community) has become

A Comparative Study on China English, Chinglish and Their Influences

1791 words - 8 pages A Comparative Study on China English, Chinglish and Their Influences Abstract: This paper attempts to explore the possible differences between China English and Chinglish as well as the influences they have brought to the language itself and the society. By a comparative study of the two interlanguages, we can gain a general idea about their differences and their impact Key words: China English, Chinglish, influences 1

English Language as Coursework

1912 words - 8 pages From once was yours, From once was Mine A misty rain descends upon my location, the brim of my hat collecting deep deposits of water, despite the melancholy weather, the sky I observe looks so marvellous and serene, each droplet of rain are as virtuous and incandescent as an angel’s tears. In all its magnificence how can something so alluring be in such an abominable reality? A reality I have had many hopes for. Looking over the city Landscape

A Linguistic Analyisation Of Aboriginal English As A Variation Of Australian English

1293 words - 6 pages to reinforce the stereotyped attitude towards Aboriginal English and repeats the vicious cycle.In truth Aboriginal English is a language with rules and complexity and just as expressive of ideas. One reason it is looked upon as unsophisticated is the pronunciation and structure of phrases. The accent of the language is reminiscent of cockney as most convicts were from that area and were the main source of aural instruction for the first speakers

Funny, Attractive and Entertaining: Richard Lederer’s “English Is a Crazy Language”

777 words - 4 pages simile. In this sentence, the author states the importance of language in a very effective way. The author uses air to describe language, as we all know, air is the most important element in our life, which we cannot live without. Since language is just like air, which means language is all around us and we also cannot live without it. In case some readers cannot understand it, the author explains why language is just like air in the second

Bangladesh Economy Is Based Mainly On The Textile Industry. As We All Know That Bangladesh Is The Second Largest Textile Industry In The World After China. Even Though Bangladesh Comes Under The Least...

4403 words - 18 pages business against producers from other nations such as China and Indonesia. Many analysts predicted the quick collapse of Bangladesh’s textile industry. They predicted a sharp jump in unemployment, a decline in the country’s balance of payments accounts, and a negative impact upon economic growth. The collapse didn’t happen. On the contrary, Bangladesh’s exports of textiles have continued to grow, even as the rest of the world plunged into an

Title: Replica Description: We Were Told To Write An Experience We Had Gone Through And Either Write It As A Factoural Story Or Creative, In Second Person. I Chose Creative

1472 words - 6 pages You unlock the door, waiting the half a second it takes for the lock to switch from occupied to vacant. Walking out, you turn on the water tap and shove your hands into the running water. Remember, lots of soap. Must wash your hands. You've put your hands in places that you never would imagine putting somewhere, now they've got to be washed clean.You dry your hands and look at yourself in the mirror. Your hair is tangled, your face is flushed

How Accurate Is It to Describe the Years 1066 – 1075 as a Period of Growing Oppression of the English by the Normans?

828 words - 4 pages authority to the English people as they destroyed hundreds of homes in order to make way for construction, the Normans even got the local people to build the castles for them which shows that they were in charge and not the English. This was a way of keeping the English suppressed which made the rebellions less likely. Castles were a big sign of growing oppression which made England a very militarised country following the rebellions. Murdrum

Related Essays

English As A Second Language Education

3605 words - 15 pages English As A Second Language Education When the English as a second language learner (ESL) or the English language learner (ELL) students have achieved English proficiency, it helps students to develop their understanding of mathematics. Students then effectively use mathematical tools, charts, patterns and other strategies, as well as their prior learning experiences to make connections to solve related problems. The majority are able

Lingua Francasage, Exposure To English And The Pronunciation Of /T/ And /D/ By Spanish Speakers In Second Language Acquisition

1587 words - 7 pages Age, Exposure to English and the Pronunciation of /t/ and /d/ by Spanish Speakers in Second Language Acquisition Mauricio Carrillo October 6, 2010 INTRODUCTION: Phonology is without a doubt the aspect of second language learning that most visibly reveals the influence of the speaker’s native language (Fromkin et al, 2006). Phonological attainment may be tied to different factors including psycho-motor constraints, e.g. as articulatory

English As A Global Language Essay

690 words - 3 pages English is a West Germanic language and orignally spoken in England. English is spoken by almost half of the population in the world. It is official language in United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia, the commonwealth Carribean, Ireland, New Zealand, and is second language in Pakistan, India, South africa and Sri Lanka.   English is international language in communications, science, business, aviation, entertainment, radio and diplomacy

Developing Guidelines To Design Gestures For Teaching Chinese As A Second Language

3218 words - 13 pages Developing Guidelines to Design Gestures for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language From the Perspectives of Kinesics and Linguistics Yihan Zhou Seton Hall University Abstract According to kinesics and linguistic theories, this project investigates what parts are involved in making gestures and how gestures carry meanings. A wide range of body parts are involved in making a gesture. According to David Mcneill, the physical movements