The importance of English
The importance of English

The importance of English

  1. British or American, the language is basically the same, and its global stature is strengthened by massive English-language training programs, an international business that in textbooks, language courses, tape cassettes, video programs and computerized instruction — is worth hundreds of millions of pounds or dollars to the economies of the US and the UK. The English language is now one of Britain’s most reliable exports. In the ironic words of the novelist Malcolm Bradbury, it is an ideal British product, ‘needing no workers and no work, no assembly lines and no assembly, no materials and very little servicing, it is used for the most intimate and the most public services everywhere. We call it the English language …‘ Dr Robert Burchfield, previous Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, has remarked that any literate, educated person on the face of the globe is deprived if he does not know English’.
  2. The first level of the global influence of English is to be found in those countries, formerly British colonies, in which English as a second language has become accepted as a fact of cultural life that cannot be wished away. In Nigeria, it is an official language; in Zambia, it is recognized as one of the state languages; in Singapore, it is the major language of government, the legal system and education.

Comprehension ( 6 points)

A- Answer the following questions using your own words. (2 points)

a. Is the teaching of the English language worth a lot of money?


b. According to Bradbury, what is the difference between the English language and traditional industry? _________________________________________________________________________

B- Are the following statements true or false? (2 points)

a. Dr. R. Burchfield is not the Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary currently.


b.Malcom Bradbury is a novelist that works at an assembly line.


C- Find a word or phrase in the text which, in context, is similar in meaning to: (2 points)

a. Essentially: ____________________ (paragraph 1)

b. That can be trusted: ____________________ (paragraph 1)

Grammar ( 8 points )

A- Rewrite the sentences beginning with the words given ( 3 points )

1 – “what shall I do with my wet shoes? “

The boy asked ________________________________________________

2 – What a pity ! I didn’t fill in the application form correctly .

If only _____________________________________________________

3 – The local government in Ouazzane has launched many sustainable projects

Projects ___________________________________________________

B- Put the verbs in brackets into the correct form or tense ( 2 points )

Amal and Hanane enjoy (play)____________________ gymnastics .The last Monday they (go) _____________ to the gym club on time but they found that the group already (decide) _______________________ to change time for the training . next time they (attend)_________________ it .

C- Give the correct form of the words in brackets ( 1 point )

1 – the film was very ________________________ (impress )

2 – My teacher said that my work was _______________________, I have to work harder ( satisfy )

D- Join the pair of sentences with the words between brackets ( 2 points )

1 – she completed her high studies . Helen keller was blind . ( despite )


2 – they are going to have a test next week ; she is working hard .( because )


Functions (2 points)

What do these sentences express

· this is the worst news I have ever heard …………………………….. ·

. I am feeling so sorry because I have absented for many lessons in English ……………………………..

Writing (4 points)

What makes English a global language ?in one paragraph

 


Answers to THE IMPORTANCE OF ENGLISH

Comprehension ( 6 points)
A- Answer the following questions using your own words. (2 points)

a. Is the teaching of the English language worth a lot of money?

 Yes , it is . is worth hundreds of millions of pounds or dollars to the economies of the US and the UK

b. According to Bradbury, what is the difference between the English language and traditional industry?

the English Language needs no workers and no work, no assembly lines and no assembly, no materials and very little servicing 

B- Are the following statements true or false? (2 points)

a. Dr. R. Burchfield is not the Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary currently.

True .”Dr Robert Burchfield, previous Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary”

b.Malcom Bradbury is a novelist that works at an assembly line.

False . “In the ironic words of the novelist Malcolm Bradbury”

C- Find a word or phrase in the text which, in context, is similar in meaning to: (2 points)

a. Essentially: basically (paragraph 1)

b. That can be trusted: reliable (paragraph 1)

Grammar ( 8 points )

A- Rewrite the sentences beginning with the words given ( 3 points )

1 – “what shall I do with my wet shoes? “

The boy asked what he should do with his wet shoes

2 – What a pity ! I didn’t fill in the application form correctly .

If only I had filled in the application form correctly

3 – The local government in Ouazzane has launched many sustainable projects

Projects have been launched by the local government in Ouezzane

B- Put the verbs in brackets into the correct form or tense ( 2 points )

Amal and Hanane enjoy (play) playing gymnastics .The last Monday they (go) went to the gym club on time but they found
that the group already (decide) had decided to change time for the training . next time they (attend) will attend it .

C- Give the correct form of the words in brackets ( 1 point )

1 – the film was very impressive (impress )

2 – My teacher said that my work was unsatisfying, I have to work harder ( satisfy )

D- Join the pair of sentences with the words between brackets( 2 points )

1 – she completed her high studies . Helen keller was blind . ( despite )

Despite being blind , Helen keller completed her studies .
Despite her blindness , Helen keller completed her studies .
Despite the fact that Hellen keller was blind , she completed her studies .

2 – they are going to have a test next week ; she is working hard .(because )

She is working hard because they are going to have a test next week

Functions (2 points)

What do these sentences express·

this is the worst news I have ever heard . expressing bad news·

I am feeling so sorry because I have been absent for many lessons in English Apologizing

 

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