English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and is an official language of the United Nations Organization (UNO). English has made the exchange of ideas between people of different culture and communities practically possible. India is a vast country with diverse languages spoken throughout here length and breadth. As India was ruled for nearly 200 years by Britain, English came to be widely used all over India. The reason English remained an official language after 1947 is because it played an important role in unifying regions with different people. In a country where over 30 languages are spoken not to mention the hundreds of dialects, English is one common language that unites everybody. It is used by people from diverse backgrounds all over India.
Historically since its introduction, English as a language has played an important role in media and education. Every year a large number of books are published in English in India, in fact India is the third largest country after United States and United Kingdom publishing books in English. Indian writers such as Amitav Ghosh, Arundhati Roy, Vikram Seth who write in English have contributed richly to English literature.
In Indian education system today, English is the chief language. All major colleges and schools use English as their medium of instruction. In today’s world a career in almost any field whether it is science, technology or business requires a good knowledge of English. Also in any competitive exam, both admission tests and job related tests, they have a separate section on English language. They aim to test the candidate’s comprehension skills, vocabulary etc.
Realizing the importance of English language, Alpha CBSE School, Porur, Chennai has inculcated the habit of reading at an early age. All students from classes 3 onwards are specially trained on spelling and pronunciation. Apart from this students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities and the school assembly. This improves their communication skills considerably and increases their confidence. Knowing and confidently speaking English opens up a world of opportunities to them.