Globalization is now a buzzword and many fields have already started preparing for this globalised era. The Global Ewha 2010 Project is one example of an effort to prepare for the ever-changing world. This project aims to make Ewha a global hub for education by establishing branch campuses around the world and providing more English classes by recruiting more foreign professors. However, is taking more classes in English here at home enough to cope with the globalised world?
Most of us seem to think that being fluent in English is the key to being a global citizen. Some part of this is true because English is the language most spoken around the world. Hence we fiercely try to acquire high scores at TOEFL, TOEIC or many other tests to measure our English skill. However, while competing with one another to get higher scores, we sometimes forget why we are taking those tests in the first place. The main reason why we are trying to learn English is to communicate with other global citizens, not to acquire an academic credential or even for fluency itself.
Being a fluent English speaker can be one way to get close to the other part of the world. But we have to keep in mind that the attitudes we have when approaching people from different countries is what is more important. English itself is only a tool and if we stress the tool too much, the main purpose of communicating can possibly fade out.
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To be truly global, we have to have the right attitude toward the world. Learning English and knowing about global issues may help you reach out to people from different countries. However, without an open mind toward the world, it is hard to connect with them. Not everyone in the world speaks perfect English and not all the international news reported in the English media is accurate or helpful. Therefore, let’s not be caught up in our prejudices and be more open minded global citizen.