English – Comprehension and Composition

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Basic Challenges

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand how an international language helps you to propel your career

  2. Learn the basics of business English required for comprehension

  3. Learn and practice written English skills

Challenge Description

There are many, many reasons why learning a new language is a good idea. It allows you to
communicate with new people. It helps you to see things from a different perspective, or get a deeper
understanding of another culture. It helps you to become a better listener. It even has health benefits, as
studies have shown that people who speak two or more languages have more active minds later in life!
Those are all reasons to learn any language – but did you know that there are 6,500 languages still
spoken in the world today? With such an enormous number to choose from, why pick English?
Here are five big reasons that learning English can improve your life.
 
1. It’s the Official Language of 53 Countries
400 million people around the world speak English as their first language. Not only that, but English is
listed as one of the official languages in more than a quarter of the countries in the world. That’s a lot of
new people you can communicate with just by improving one language!
 
2. It’s the Most Widely Spoken Language in the World
What’s more, English is the rest of the world’s “second language”. While Chinese Mandarin and Spanish
are the mother tongues of more people overall, most people in the world choose to learn some English
after their native language. In fact, one in five people on the planet speak or understand at least a little bit
of English.
This makes English one of the most useful languages you can learn. After all, you can’t learn all 6,500
languages in the world, but at least you will be able to communicate with people from all different
countries using English.
 
3. It Can Help You Get a Better Job
Companies are becoming more international, and English is listed as an essential skill for more and more
jobs. There are some organizations that now conduct all their business in English, no matter where in the
world they are based. If you want the best paid opportunities, learning English is a great idea.
 
4. It Makes It Easier to Travel
As we mentioned before, English is the world’s second language. This means that learning English
makes it much easier to travel anywhere you want. For example, announcements at airports, train

timetables, emergency information and street signs are often translated into English, particularly in
countries that use a different type of alphabet. Plus, even if you don’t find other travelers or local people
that speak your mother tongue, you are practically guaranteed to find someone who understands some
English.
 
5. It’s the Language of the Media
Most of the content on the internet is written in English. Many of the world’s biggest news outlets,
including TV, newspapers, magazines and radio, are produced in English. Some of your favorite films, TV
shows and pop music are probably English-language. Go to any international film festival in the world and
you will see that all films are either in English or have English subtitles.
English is the international language of media and arts and so, if you want to access as much as possible
for yourself, without relying on translations, it’s the most powerful language you can learn today!

 

Watch this intro video to get a better understanding,

Learning Resources

To Complete, follow these steps :

Follow the learning material above to prepare yourself

Step 1 :

Answer the questions based on the video and text content. 

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Step 2 :

Follow the instructions and submit your essay

 

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Step 3 :

We have prepared a practice test for you to take. Click below to gauge yourself:

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