What is English as a Second Language, and how can it be acquired?
Throughout the years, people have migrated from various countries across the world, and have settled in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Caribbean among other places where English is the official language. Many of these people continue to speak their first language at home, and even in the work place. Quite often, communication between English speakers and speakers of other languages is very limited. However, such limitation can be overcome by learning English as a Second Language. I have taught English for many years to students who could not say a single word in English. All of the students I have been privileged to teach/tutor were able to converse in English after a few, consistent sessions.
How did the English Language originate, and why is it important?
The English Language originated from England in Great Britain, and has been influenced by a number of other languages such as Latin, various Celtic languages, French, Danes, and Norse. Through the years, the Saxons, Angles and Jutes mixed their different languages which formed the Anglo-Saxon or Old English. However, due to the Vikings from Denmark, Norway, and other northern countries, Old English became a mixture of French and Middle English, and later, Modern English. Since English is the official language spoken in many countries around the world, knowing the language increases one's chances of getting a good job in a multinational company at home or abroad. Learning English is a wonderful way of connecting with other countries and cultures.
1. What is Education, and how is it acquired?
Education is an ongoing process by which teaching and learning occurs, allowing the learners to be informed and to gain wisdom and understanding of basic truths. It helps to develop the Cognitive, Affective, and Psychomotor domains, thereby causing complete development of mental skills, attitudes, and physical skills. There are many ways by which education can be acquired. For example, when we experiment, it gives us the opportunity to discover, and to make informed decisions. We can also educate ourselves through reading, traveling, viewing and by asking questions. Anyone can acquire education by connecting with others and with the environment, inquiring from others, as well as by practicing what they learn.