Aspiring to all-round growth with English language proficiency

Learning to communicate in English, or any foreign language for that matter, is by no means a requirement to lead a full life. But, most everyone aspires to improve their lives in some way, either by studying abroad or traveling the world or finding a good job and building a successful career.

Knowing English makes it that much easier to fulfill these pursuits, especially in a world where nearly 2 billion people in over 100 countries now speak the language. As Jarrad Merlo, Director of Teaching and Learning, E2 Test Prep, puts it:

“When you know another language, many worlds open up to you, including the worlds of the individuals you meet. And if you can speak English, all sorts of opportunities become available, not least employment, which is something you do for about a third of your life.”

View English as an opportunity, not a barrier

Undeniably, there are many advantages to learning English. For one, in the 21st century global workplace, which in all likelihood employs English as the de facto means of communication, the ability to speak the language can make all the difference – not just for landing a particular job, but to be successful at it.

Merlo points out that non-native speakers who successfully master the language not only become hugely valuable to their employers but also allow themselves the opportunity to experience intellectual and personal growth.

“The better your English language skills are, the more opportunities for growth exist. Also, not only do you get access to the world’s repository of knowledge through the internet, such as literature and scientific journals, but you get access to people,” he points out, urging non-native speakers to “see English as an opportunity and not a barrier.”

Because, perseverance always pays off, as an oft-used adage goes. For instance, E2Language alone has helped over one million students from the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and other non-native English speaking nations around the world successfully pass their English language exams and find jobs abroad, according to Merlo.