Why studying English Language and English Language Teaching?
In today’s globalised world and in an era in which movement of diverse people across geographical borders for a range of educational, socioeconomic or sociopolitical reasons has become a norm, people’s ability to live in and with languages other than their mother tongue has become a valued personal, social, political and economic asset. The need for multilingual competence has been widely acknowledged in the Greek reality too, although it is true that this has been mainly linked to knowledge of English as a foreign language (EFL) and has been, until recently, predominantly associated with an individual’s economic and career advancement. English is considered the global language and it widely spoken and understood in many parts of the world. This makes it an essential language to learn for communication in international business, travel, and education. Therefore, those who study English will automatically have more career opportunities since many companies and organizations require employees who are proficient in English, as it is the language of international trade, diplomacy, and academia. Being able to communicate effectively in English can open up a range of job opportunities. Culturally speaking, enriching your intercultural competence is a great skill valued by a lot of employers because the need to engage in genuine communication with people of other linguistic and cultural backgrounds has become more pressing than ever. Furthermore, English is the language of some of the most influential literature, music, and films in the world. By studying English, individuals can gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the cultures and people who use the language. Finally, mastering a language at this level, adds to personal growth. While learning a new language can be challenging, it can be a rewarding experience that can enhance one's cognitive abilities, communication skills, and confidence in social situations.