Importance Of English Language in Ghana

English Language is a spoken language of meaning for the expression of living by English people who were originally from Britain, but the language has spread to many parts of the world where it is used as a second, third and foreign languages.

There has been numerous arguments by many Ghanaians whether the English Language is much important at all in our country — Ghana. Yes, the English Language is very useful and has so many importance to every individual in Ghana.

English language has two varieties: thus, American English and British English. In Ghana, our educational system has adopted the British type or version of the English Language.

In our today’s article update, I would like to give you the Importance Of English Language in Ghana.

The history of the English Language can be traced to a West Germanic language which has become the leading language of international discourse in the 21st century.

Ghana is a multilingual country in which so many languages are spoken. Out of these languages English, which was inherited from the colonial era, is the official language used. English is the governmental mandated language of use in all schools in Ghana.

English language was introduced in Ghana during the British colony era. In 1874, when the British declared the southern part of Ghana a colony, they began establishing public schools and forced the missions schools then to include the language in their teaching.

Without spending much of your time, the following are some importance of English language in Ghana.

Communication

Not many Ghanaians can speak English language, but it is the official language of over 50 countries and spoken by around 400 million people across the globe. Being able to speak English is not just about being able to communicate with native English speakers, it is the most common language spoken in the world. If you want to speak to someone from different ethnic groups in the Ghana then the chances are that you will both be speaking English to communicate effectively. English Language has not only enabled us to communicate with our fellow countrymen of different tongues and tribes, but has also prepared us for effective membership in the wider community of nations to which we now come as adults and no longer as wards.

English is the Language of Business

English is the dominant business language and it has become almost a necessity for Ghanaians to speak English if they are to enter a global workforce. Research from all over the world shows that cross-border business communication is most often conducted in English and many international companies expect employees to be fluent in English.

English Language As The Official Language

Ghana has adopted the English language as the official language. Therefore, all correspondence and activities are conducted in that language, yet the majority of our people cannot speak English.

However, more Ghanaians are illiterate in the mother tongues than in English. That means that there are more Ghanaians who can read and write in English than any of our mother tongues, even if it were not our official language, we have been compelled to study English, which is globally the first language of official communication. In civil aviation, English is the prime language.

Speaking English Gives You Access To A World Of Entertainment

Many of the Ghanaian top movies, books, articles and music are published and produced in English. Therefore, by learning English you will have access to a great wealth of entertainment and will be able to have a greater cultural understanding.

If you speak English, you won’t need to rely on translations and subtitles anymore to enjoy your favourite books, songs, films and TV shows. Watching movies and television programmes in the English language is also a great and fun way to learn it!

Speaking English gives you Access to a World of Entertainment

Many of the radio stations and television stations in the country do their programs in English. This shows how important is the language to the owners of this stations.

If you speak English, you won’t need to rely on translations and subtitles anymore to enjoy your favourite books, songs, films and TV shows. Watching movies and television programmes in the English language is also a great and fun way to learn it!

Employment

Knowing very well how English increases one’s chance of getting a good job in a multinational company within the country or for finding work abroad. It’s also the language of international communication, most media and the internet, so learning English is important for socializing and entertainment as well as work.

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