BS, BSC, BA English Essay The Future of English In Pakistan High Level for all Pakistani University and Board KPK, Punjab, Lahore, Karachi, Fbise, and Sindh.
THE FUTURE OF ENGLISH IN PAKISTAN Essay
Arguments to Expel English
There has been a great fuss in recent years about replacing English with the national language. Some of our educationists have been advocating immediate steps to expel English from this country. They offer four reasons in support of their view. First, they say that no nation can achieve the highest creative in a foreign language.
They mean to say that no creative work is possible except in the mother tongue. Secondly, translation of the latest scientific books can enrich Urdu. Hence no need for English. Thirdly, English is doing harm to the cause of the national language. Lastly, much of the time of our students is wasted in learning English.
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Criticism of arguments against English
The arguments against English are not based on deep thought and can be refused. First, history does not support the view that creative work in a foreign language is not possible. Sir Isaac Newton’s great book ‘Principal’ was written in Latin and not in his mother tongue English. Many creative works of high quality were written by the Persians, the Turks, the Central Asians, not in their mother tongue but in Arabic.
Farab, Al Beruni, Bu Ali Seina, Ghazzali. Nasiruddin Tusi and Shah. Waliullah were non-Arabs but wrote their masterpieces in Arabic. Allama Iqbal delivered his famous lectures in English.
Secondly, real knowledge cannot be gained through translations. Translators stand between the students and the author and the accuracy of the concept. The advanced students are denied access to the original source. Then, knowledge is growing at a tremendous pace from volume to volume.
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By the time, a publication is translated at least half a dozen books on the subject will have appeared. All our time and money will be wasted on translations. Thirdly English has never done any harm to the national languages.
The best creative and valuable work in our national or regional languages has been done by those who were masters of English. As such our vernacular language are indebted to those who have command over the English language. Lastly, it is our urgent need to be thoroughly conversant with one advanced foreign language, be it Russian, German, French or English.
The study of at least one foreign language is compulsory even in advanced countries If we abolish English and try to learn another language, it will waste more time. We have to background books and teachers in English.
Importance of English
We may not like English on the sentimental ground but there are many reasons to retain English in our society till our own languages are rich. English is an international language and we need it at every step. It is a gate to the acquisition of knowledge in science and technology.
Moreover, English has its roots deep in our society. It cannot be done away with so soon. English has been the official language for more than two centuries in our country.
It is still used by the executive and the judiciary throughout the country. In many universities, it is used as the medium of instruction in cities as well as in towns, lawyers, doctors, teachers and other educated persons employ this language for communication of ideas. “It remains the language of our educated classes. As a matter of fact, it has helped in shaping the minds, outlooks and opinions of our people.
Attachment of English
Our intelligentsia has a deep attachment to English. The importance of national language cannot be denied, but who is going to give these languages the place they deserve. Those who can enrich these languages do not come forward. Our educationists and writers remained busy raising slogans for the national language. They could not produce something creative and valuable during the last 50 years. As long as the educated class is under the influence of English the National language cannot take the place of English. i.e for many more years to come.
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