Why should I study English?

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If we concern ourselves with English as a language, it is a virtually universal communication tool in business, science, finance, etc.  If by “study English” you mean English literature, the centuries of poems, novels, and dramas that constitute the discipline are filled with aesthetically beautiful descriptions, profound philosophical ideas, deep psychological insights, and brave statements of political and personal wisdoms.  If you are referring to essay-writing, studying English is studying “thinking” itself – Success at a course in “English Essay Writing” depends on, besides the obvious pedagogical skill—organization, time management, work ethic, etc.—four essential elements.  1.  control of the vocabulary of the discipline; 2.  discernment between false and true logic; 3. sensitivity to the weight of evidence; and 4.  rhetorical control of language (in the final written essay or assignment of the class).

  1. Learn the kinds of critical thinking and the tools of organizing an argument, as those term are introduced—categorization, taxonomizing, charting, parallel constructions, syntax of argument, metaphor, exampling, dualities, etc.—and be sure you can give examples and can use the tools in constructing an argument;
  2. Separate true logic—cause and effect, surveying, citing authorities, etc.—from false logic and logical fallacies—post hoc, selective sampling, either/or, etc.;
  3. Learn the order of veracity in citing evidence—citing authorities vs. citing non-experts, widely accepted opinions of many experts in a field vs. personal opinions that can be countered, large comprehensive samples vs. small self-justifying samples, etc.;
  4. Words have denotation and connotation, so in your written summation of your critical thinking, be sensitive to both (“a random sampling survey” vs. “a hit-and miss approach to the survey”).

The best students of essay writing set emotional, subjective argument aside, and give value to clear, logical, intellectual evidence and conclusions.

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To put it bluntly, you should study English to speak, write, understand, and communicate in an intelligent and appropriate manner. 

Anyone who knows the history of this earth, knows that the more cultered and refined a person was, the better able he was to influence, pursuade, direct, and lead others.  In thinking of historical figures, I myself hold certain ones of them in greater esteem because of their proper, dignified polished demeanor, speech, or appearance.  They stood apart from the crowds.  They made me want to do better, speak better, write better, and be better because they were so good.  Whether you like President Obama or not, you have to admit that he has a great command of the English language and is able to pursuade and put his point across in strong, forceful tones.

English is the official language of the United States, and if we are going to live here and be her citizens, we should understand her history, her people, and her language, and become fluent and learned in it.

 

 

 

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One studies English for a number of reasons.  But, one important reason is, as the British writer George Orwell stated, that language is culture.  In order to assimilate into a culture, one must understand thoroughly the language.  For one thing, this understanding involves the literature of the language since the literature is the recordings of a culture For another thing, understanding of and assimilation in a culture involves the oral language as communication.

The main purpose of a language is communication.  For many jobs nowadays one must be able to communicate succinctly and effectively.  Presentations are not uncommon in the workplace as are technical writings, or recordings of what has been done or needs to be done.  Fluency and accuracy in English is a must for any professional who wishes to succeed in this country.  After all, language is a tool; it must be honed to perfection.  George Orwell also said, "One cannot have great thoughts without a great vocabulary." Certainly, there are professions that demand great precision with language:  Law, Medicine, Psychiatry, Education, Politics, etc.

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