Linguistic Globalization

Linguistic Globalization

Terms such as globalization, free trade, capital flow and so-called single world culture are frequently used in our contemporary society and raise controversial issues. Economically, most countries benefit significantly from the implementation of a single trade market, but culturally; we might be in danger of losing our individuality as a nation. If this is what the future holds and if this is the right approach, it is possible that mankind is missing something.

Firstly, the English language has reached the status of a so called universal currency nowadays. Communication is the basis of our socially determined nature and requires a common ground for people all over the world. By using English as a classroom language and giving students the chance to perfect their usage of English, many opportunities become available. However, mother-tongues should not be neglected, but it is a fact that knowledge of foreign languages is such an important aspect of life. The The University College Utrecht campus is a good example of an environment in which not a lot of people that speak less than three languages fluently. Furthermore, students can only benefit from the fact that other subjects are now also taught in English. This enables them to become aware of the English jargon used in fields such as Mathematics, Chemistry and Economics, knowledge that you can only benefit from in the future. More and more International Schools are established and their popularity is increasing exponentially.

Secondly, an international environment, such as the one provided by the UCU campus, broadens one’s perception of the world and helps in absorbing interesting facts about different cultures and customs. English has become the bridge between different nations and mentalities and should be used in many more schools in the future. The knowledge of English is the basis for an application at University College Utrecht and is of great help throughout life. Learning other subjects in English allows one to have an academic conversation in English that can be extended to many fields of study, whereas narrow English knowledge limits discussions to everyday topics. Consequently, general culture can not be enriched if one cannot expand or go into the depth of a subject.

Furthermore, as English is commonly known as a universal language, it is also the foundation of the multilateral person that many people aspire to become. Nevertheless, English is not sufficient for the contemporary and extremely international so called residents of the world. As an article in The Boomerang quotes, these individuals have received the name of “Third Culture Kids”, commonly known as TCK. The above named concept describes a person that comes from various backgrounds, has lived in a double digit number of countries and is fluent in at least four languages. Is this what lies in the future of mankind? After being exposed to the different stories and experiences in countries all over the world, the only logical conclusion is the confirmation that an education in English is extremely beneficial.

All in all, in a world that promotes an interdisciplinary and liberal education, the ability of communicating with people from all over the world is the first step in achieving this goal. The outcome of globalization is not a standardization of cultures and customs, but an opportunity to have access to information that was not available before. As it is commonly known that experience is far more enlightening than theory, a so-called linguistic globalization is an important phenomenon for society and enables access to access directly form the source.