English is now the international language. Analyse and discuss the
opportunities and threats this presents for non-English speaking
countries.Currently, more and more people use English language in their
daily lives, even people who come from non-English speaking backgrounds.
English is considered to be an international language. The contention
as to whether taking English as an international language will be
helpful or harmful for non-English speaking countries has long been
discussed. Past research has been conducted in a lot of fields on this
issue. Some researchers hold the opinion that using English as an
international language will not only benefit the English speaking
countries, but also benefit the non-English speaking countries. In other
words, it would benefit human society in many fields. However, some
other researchers believe that using English as an international
language will produce more problems for the world, especially for the
non-English speaking countries. English is a part of globalization,
which is a current trend in human society. Although the non-English
countries may envisage some threats, in the case of globalization, the
opportunities in the long term outweigh the threats presently. This
paper will investigate the opportunities and challenges for non-English
speaking countries in the trend of using English as a global language.
This essay will focus particularly on culture, education and
linguistics. All of these are faced with both opportunities and threats
for the non-English speaking countries.