Why is English important?
English is the essential language in the world today.
It is used for everything: international business, academic and political conferences, news reports and of course, popular music lyrics. English is the second language in most non-English speaking countries.
As a means of cross-cultural communication, English is the most widely used language globally, and even more people in the future will use it.
Here are a few statistics.
- Non-native English speakers outnumber native English speakers 5 to 1.
- As of now, there are an estimated 1.8 billion people that speak English, where only 400 million are native English speakers.
- The world’s estimated population is 6.6 billion people, so almost one-third of the entire globe speaks English.
- The number of people needing to learn English grows every day.
Why is the worldwide growth of English significant?
The ability to speak English is in constant demand. This means that there must be teachers ready to teach English like you.
This constant growth in the demand for English teachers means that your teaching skills gained through an accredited TEFL training programme like EBC’s will always be in need.
The demand is global, including countries where English is the native language. To conduct business, people in countries where English is not the native language must learn it, or they won’t be able to compete at an international level. Immigrants to the USA, Canada, Britain, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand will need to learn English to survive there. The demand for English is endless, so being an English teacher will never go out of style.
Some more statistics:
- 75%+ of the world’s mail, faxes and email are written in English.
- Most internet pages use English.
- More than 212 countries get news reports from the American-based Cable News Network (CNN).
- The British TV service BBC Worldwide channels are seen by hundreds of millions of people every day.
- Books, magazines, and newspapers written in English are available in many countries worldwide.
- English is the most commonly used language in the sciences.
- The Science Citation Index reported that 95% of its articles were written in English, even though only half came from authors in English speaking countries.
- English is the official language internationally for air traffic control and maritime communications.
- English is also one of the official languages of the European Union, the United Nations, the World Health Organisation and most international athletic organisations, including FIFA and the International Olympic Committee.
Whatever your reasons, becoming an accredited English language teacher is a good career choice. You will gain a valuable skill set that:
- will always be in demand,
- pays a decent wage,
- can be used virtually anywhere in the world,
- allows you to travel and experience different cultures and lifestyles,
- and last but not least, it opens the door to a gratifying career that not only benefits you but also benefits your students and helps them improve their lives too.
As an English teacher, you will directly influence peoples’ lives and help them realise their goals. Teaching is a noble and rewarding profession within which you will find a tremendous level of satisfaction watching your students improve.
If you choose EBC, once you graduate, we will give you a lifetime, worldwide career support that will provide you with up-to-date advice, get you working quickly, and always be there for you when you want a change.