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  With English being compulsory to students in primary and secondary schools and colleges’ English education has become an important part of China’s educational system. The government has also added to the English fever by calling for citizens to learn English ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. However, some experts claim that people spend too much time and energy studying English, which subsequently become unnecessary in their daily life. Some other experts maintain that English is an internationally used language and studying it contributes to one’s overall quality. Write a composition of about 400 words on the following topic:

  In the first part of your essay you should state clearly your main argument, and in the second part you should support your argument with appropriate details. In the last part you should bring what you have written to a natural conclusion or make a summary.

  You should supply an appropriate title for your essay.

  Marks will be awarded for content, organization, grammar and appropriateness. Failure to follow the above instructions may result in a loss of marks.

  Do We Need English?

  Sample 1

  We Do Need English

  Given the context of economic globalization, we cannot deny the fact that English is highly meaningful in international cooperation and exchange as well as in personal development.

  Firstly, English language is of crucial importance in international cooperation and exchange. In the current world, no nation could possibly survive without any contact with other countries. Transnational cooperation in business, production, cultural exchanges, education and environmental protection and so on has well become the norm of every single day. And throughout all the interactions, English, as a global language, is playing an indispensable role. English is spoken as an. official language in more than 80 countries and it also functions as working language in the UN. Two thirds of the world trade is conducted in English. Since China adopted opening-up policy in late 1970s, especially after the accession into WTO, China has inevitably become a member of the global village. To perform our duties and enjoy our interests as a significant member of the international community, we do need English by all means. Actually the remarkable economic development in China in the past two decades is to a great extent due to the efforts of competent individuals who possess desirable knowledge of foreign languages, English in particular.

  Secondly, English is needed in our career development. The fact that English score is a must in many a qualification test proves that various institutions have paid close attention to their employees’ English proficiency. This move is easily understandable because workers with the adequate English knowledge are needed in international exchanges and because English cannot be acquired overnight. Even in many developed countries, students are required to take up two or three foreign languages, the reason being that they are well aware that such a competence may become handy some day. As a developing country, China has a great deal to learn from other countries. In order to arrive at that objective, we definitely need English as a facilitative tool.

  Thirdly, English is significant in regard to one’s personal development. English is compulsory in elementary, secondary and tertiary education. One will have to pass English tests to climb the educational ladder. Even though you practice self-study, English will invariably usher you into a wonderland of enchanting literacy. Some people complain that we have invested too much time and energy on English. It may be true, but obviously it is not English to be blamed. Perhaps we should reexamine our teaching methods in an attempt to boost English teaching and learning efficiency.

  To sum up, with the rapid advancement of economic and cultural globalization, English has become more and more indispensable in international affairs, career climbing, and personal development. There is no point in denying the significance of English.

 

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