English has become a truly global language; hence more efforts are required to impart quality skills to the world by those, who are experts in the field. Its use in the domains of power: both public and private, its growing significance owing to the revolution in the sphere of communication, including Internet has increased the importance of the language manifold.
These views were put forward in an international seminar on “English and Empowerment in the Developing World,” organised by the Aga Khan University’s Centre of English Language, in its auditorium on Saturday.
Firoz Rasul, President Aga Khan University said that the theme was highly relevant in the multilingual and multicultural societies where the learning and teaching of an international language such as English, was essential for various reasons. “The importance of English cannot be over-emphasised as it has now become one of the few international languages in which nations across the world teach higher education and conduct businesses” he pointed out. He said that the present seminar was organised as a focal event by the centre to help generate wide-ranging discussions on the issues and challenges facing the role of the English language across the country. He hoped that the two-day conference would evaluate useful recommendations for the teaching of the English language and work towards the development of some joint research proposals at the regional level.