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PostHeaderIcon Overcoming global language barrier to communication: is English a solution?


                     Overcoming global language barrier to communication: is English a solution?

Introduction

Communication is the process of passing information from the source to a recipient. Communication is very essential in the society. This is because it helps in the passing of ideas and knowledge from one person to the other and this helps to improve the society. In order to communicate effectively, people need to have a common language. In this connection, it is essential for the people to have a common language that will help them to understand one another. Globally, people have different cultural backgrounds and there is a need for them to have a common language in order to fight the barriers to communication among people. The use of English language is common among people in order to have a mutual language to ease communication between people of different tribes. My research topic is overcoming global language barrier to communication: is English a solution? In this study, I will find out how global language barriers to communication can be overcome through the use of English. The global barriers language barriers to communication have caused many problems in the world due to the great language diversities. In this connection, the topic of my research is justifiable because it will help to find out how English language can be used to overcome global language barrier to communication. The study is significant in the society because it will help to overcome the challenges brought about by global language diversity.

Hypothesis

            English will be a good solution in overcoming global language barrier to communication problem. When many people in the world learn to use English in their communication, they will help to overcome communication challenges brought about by use diversified languages in the society. People from different cultural backgrounds require a common language such as English to help them communicate effectively. It is thus essential for people to adopt English in order to communicate well with other people from other language backgrounds. English can thus be a global mutual language that can help overcome language barrier to communication. This means that the more people who understand English in the society, the less the language barrier to communication. English is an appropriate lingua franca that can help to bring together people of diverse backgrounds. In this study, communication will be the dependent variable while English as a lingua franca will be an independent variable.

Literature review

Grzega, J. (2008). Lingua Franca English as a Way to Intercultural and Transcultural Competence Basic Global English (BGE) and Other Concepts of English as a Lingua Franca. Journal for EuroLinguistiX, 5, 134-161

This contribution argues that, in a globalized world, one of the elementary skills to be acquired is global and cross-cultural competence characterized by tolerance and empathy. Taking into account current policies and juxtaposing different models of “simplified” English,   the article votes   for Basic Global English (BGE) and “Advanced Global English” as a new alternative. The article illustrates how BGE focuses on the acquisition of a globally relevant vocabulary and globally effective communicative strategies and offers empirical results from on-going projects. A lot of useful information in the world is barred from access by people due to the language variation thus there is a need to develop cross cultural language that will ensure cross cultural competence. The author of this article hypothesizes that English can be used as an appropriate lingua franca if its standard is modified to make it simpler. The use of English as the global language of communication will allow information to flow between individuals and across cultures.

Sasaki, M., Suzuki, T., & M Yoneda, M. (2006). English as an International Language in Non-Native Settings in an Era of Globalization. Comparative Sociology, 5 (4), 381-404

The thesis of the study is that English has gained much dominance in the world during the era of globalization and may but is threatened by snobbish attitude that some critiques tend to have for it.The study makes a hypothesis that unwelcome attitude (independent variable) towards English by non-native speakers puts English at a risk of losing global dominance (independent variables). The authors use English to refer to both the Queens (British), Australian   and American English as used in the as used in the global context. This study is partly quantitative, as it delves into how many nations people view English to be dominant. It is also qualitative as it seeks to find out the impact of attitude on the future of English’ dominance. This study addresses the concepts of language and barriers to communication. It takes note of the idea that without a universal global language, there would be barriers to communication in multinational transactions. As such, there is a need for a global language, and English could be one.

Nga, N., T. (2008). English - A global language and its implications for students. VNU Journal of Science, Foreign Languages, 24, 260-266 260-266.

The thesis of the article is that English has become a global language and would therefore be of career and educational value to the students of Vietnam. The study makes a hypothesis that English is widely used and accepted (independent variable) and has therefore achieved the status of global language (dependent variable).This study addresses the concepts of language and barriers to communication. It takes note of the idea that without a universal global language, there would be barriers to communication in multinational transactions. As such, there is a need for a global language, and English could be one. It defines global language as a language which has achieved “the official status and education priority in almost every nation”   as a result of which that language   “will eventually come to be used by more people than any other language” ( p.261). It is a qualitative research that aims finding whether or not English qualifies to be a global language and the roles of English in the context of students’ learning. The research article therefore has an exploratory and explanatory role. The study largely relies on the literature reviews to provide insights to the study and secondary sources for data relevant to the study. The study found out that English has achieved the status of global language. This is because it the language has acquired an official status as well as educational priority in almost every nation. Secondly, the language currently plays a vital role in politics and military, like being used in international organizations and conferences and in giving military trainings and commands; these gives the language a special global status. Moreover, the language has acquired economic super power; it is being used in majority of the international business and commercial transactions, marketing and digital marketing and materials. These serve to maintain and expand the language.

Marschan R, Welch D and Lawrence D. (1999). In the shadow: the impact of language on structure, power and communication in the multinational. International business review. Volume 8, pp 421-440

This study shows that language is essential in any form of communication. There is a need to have a common language in order to overcome language barriers in communication. English is a global language that can help to solve the communication challenges that are faced by many people in the world.

Coury J. and Carlos S. (2001). English as a lingua franca in the Brazilian Academic World. Karen’s linguistic issues

The article says that English is an official language in many countries and thus it is an essential means of communication for many people in the world. It is also recognized as a international language by many people across the world.

Methodology

The study had a qualitative approach to the use of English as a method of overcoming language barrier in communication. The method used in this research was meant to test the hypothesis that English is a language that can help to overcome the global language barrier to communication.

Sampling

Various groups of people will be included in the research where random sampling will be used to select the participants of the study. A sample of 50 respondents will be sampled from the population through random sampling. The number of the participants will be limited to those who are conversant with English language. Random sampling will be chosen for the study because it is more convenient and flexible.

Data collection

Questionnaires will be administered to the respondents in order to collect sufficient data for the study. A briefing will be done to the respondents to explain to them on the importance of the study. The questionnaire will also have a detailed written instruction in order to help the respondents make clarifications on their own. The questionnaires will basically have three sections. One of the sections will get information on demographic details of the participants while the other will ask questions concerning the attitudes of the respondents towards language barriers. The purpose of the attitude statements will be to determine the feelings of the respondents towards language barriers. The last part of the questionnaire will ask questions on how English can help to overcome language barrier to communication. The questionnaire will include questions such as:

What is your gender?

Which languages do you speak?

Which language do you use when talking to people from other backgrounds?

How often do you use English?

Do you think that English can be a solution to the global language barrier to communication? Why or why not?

Expected results

The results of this study will show that English is a solution to overcoming global language barrier to communication. English is accepted as the official language of various countries across the world. Since it is an official language in many countries, these countries encourage people to acquire knowledge in English hence many people of diverse backgrounds can use the language. The ability to use English among people of diverse backgrounds enables them to communicate effectively without encountering difficulties. This means that English is an international language that can help to solve global language barrier to communication. The standard of the English language can be modified to make it simpler for global use and this would also make it a more appropriate lingua franca that can help solve the challenges of global language barrier to communication.

The study has various strengths and weaknesses. One of the strengths of this study is that the topic has not been researched extensively and thus the data that will be generated in the research will be original. This data will help to solve global challenges related to language barrier to communication which would have otherwise been unable to solve. Another strength of this research is that it will be easy to collect large amounts of data that will help draw conclusions about the research because the topic does not investigate on personal issues that may make respondents fail to provide the necessary information. The study also has weaknesses. One of the weaknesses of this study is that the method used in data collection is questionnaires which we might have no surety of the people who completed them. Another weakness concerns the number of participants involved in the study, in this case, on fifty participants will be involved in the study and this number may not be representative of the whole group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References:

Coury J. and Carlos S. (2001). English as a lingua franca in the Brazilian Academic World.

            Karen’s linguistic issues

Grzega, J. (2008). Lingua Franca English as a Way to Intercultural and Transcultural

            Competence Basic Global English (BGE) and Other Concepts of English as a Lingua

            Franca. Journal for EuroLinguistiX, 5, 134-161

Marschan R, Welch D and Lawrence D. (1999). In the shadow: the impact of language on

            Structure, power and communication in the multinational. International business review.

            Volume 8, pp 421-440

Nga, N., T. (2008). English - A global language and its implications for students. VNU Journal

            of Science, Foreign Languages, 24, 260-266.

Sasaki, M., Suzuki, T., & M Yoneda, M. (2006). English as an International Language in Non-

            Native Settings in an Era of Globalization. Comparative Sociology, 5 (4), 381-404

 

 

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