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“Communication is the transfer of information and understanding from one person to another person. It is a way of reaching others with facts, ideas, thoughts and values”.
-Keith Davis

‘Communication’ is derived from the Latin word ‘Communicate’ meaning ‘to share, to impart or to commune’. The literal meaning is ‘giving or sharing information’. Communication is a two – way process. English plays a vital role in communication. It has been considered as “the Global language”. It is the communication tool for the users all around the world. English is the principal language of Great Britain, the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana.

In India, it is the “associate official language”. In dozens of other countries throughout the world it is the unofficial second language. “English is a necessary tool for a person who wants a good job and cosmopolitan outlook” says Ms. Li Mingyan, a Chinese learner of English.

Many of the nations have realized the importance of English as the language of commerce, science and Technology as well as the international language of communication. English is taught in schools and colleges to make the student an effective communicator, to flourish their vocabulary, pronunciation, proper modulation of voice, proper gesture while speaking and motivate them to speak without hesitation.

English has remained the mother tongue of most of the immigrants. In Singapore it is designated as the official language whereas in India, it is an associate language along with Hindi.

Merits of English:
English builds up the self confident of the user. If anyone is well-versed in effective communication he can reinforce his personality and his mind is prepared to tackle problems with his effective thoughts.

Why do people hesitate to speak in English?
•Lack of Knowledge
•Foreign language
•Lack of interest
•Difficulty in peculiar sounds

The Four skills to master English language:
There are four skills to master English language.

Listening is the important skill in learning a language like Hindi. A professional student is expected to listen lectures, presentations, discussions, seminars and academic interactions.

Speaking skill is very vital for career endurance and growth. It facilitates him to participate in oral communications such as conversations, meetings, discussions, presentations, conferences etc.

Reading skills enhances varies of reading materials such as journals, books, research and scientific articles, etc.

Writing skills are essential for technical communication. It enriches the construction of sentences using phrases and idioms.

How to become an effective communicator:
- To become an effective communicator one should have
- Basic knowledge regarding the grammar of the language
- Confidence to face the opponent
- Shedding shyness
- Cultivate the zeal to speak English
- An efficient communicator must be an efficient listener.

Thus,“Practice maketh a man perfect”, says Francis Bacon. Any superior skill can be mastered at ease; if one has time to learn and practice.
Published: 2008-12-23

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