Students should always learn in their native language

Students should always learn in their native language

Some education experts believe students should always learn in their native language, others argue there are benefits to leaning in a second language for some subjects. Evaluate both point of views and indicate which one do you agree with

It has always been one of the biggest points of discussion for the education experts regarding in which language to impart education to the students so as to make them most comfortable and receptive to a subject. However, with the advent of Globalization, it has become clear that apart from learning in their native language, it becomes almost necessary to be equally comfortable in English as their second language.

This is due to the fact that English has almost been accepted as a “global language” as it is so widely spoken. However, it cannot be ruled out that there are definitely lots of advantages of studying in one’s native language. It has been proven time and again through various researches that students who are able to embrace their cultural heritage or are able to study in their native language always have higher grade point averages than those who are forced to study in the “English-only” environment. Definitely, the sense of expression is higher and stress lower while studying in a native language.

But at the same time, the employability of a student goes down if he/she is comfortable only in his/her native language. Learning a second language definitely makes the C.V meatier apart from making you a multi-tasker. Times of India , dated January 05, 2014 quoted that “Those who speak English fluently earn up to 34% more than those who don't speak the language, a recent report has found, confirming the link between an education in English and the scope of employment opportunities.”

One of the basic demands of globalisation is that there should be a smooth gelling between the nations whether in politics, business, sports etc. The same is possible only if they operate in one single language which is English since decades and will remain for centuries. Chinese have shown reluctance to the language for centuries but it is over-whelming to see that today China is learning English like no other country in the world. About 1, 00,000 native English speakers are teaching English in China as per the research conducted by Dorie Clark.

Considering the fact, that it has been accepted as one of the official languages of the United Nations, its understanding and fluent speaking becomes the need of the hour for the students of the world irrespective of their geographic origin. It has been projected that by 2050, nearly half of the world population will be proficient in English. This is a huge figure and cannot be over looked. Hence, it can be concluded that though studying in native language is more comfortable, but survival and growth in the present era depends upon one’s ability to adapt to the increasing demands of the globalization era, one of them being ability to communicate and operate in English as a second language.
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