The Importance of English Language I am delighted to be with you today to address the issue of Multilingualism for the New Millennium: the Economic and Social Benefits of Languages Education. Language is obviously a vital tool. Not only is it a means of communicating thoughts and ideas, but it forges friendships, cultural ties, and economic relationships. Throughout history, many have reflected on the importance of language. For instance, the scholar Benjamin Whorf has noted that language shapes thoughts and emotions, determining one’s perception of reality. John Stuart Mill said that "Language is the light of the mind." Language, of course, is knowledge, and in our world today knowledge is one of the key factors in competitiveness. Brains and knowledge are what create the prosperity and growth we tend to take for granted. In an advanced industrial society in an increasingly interdependent world, the knowledge of other languages becomes indispensable. Just think of how the advent of the Internet has changed our lives. For the last few years, millions of people across the world, who share common interests, are able to communicate with each other and exchange ideas. Not only are they able to do this due to the various technological advances, but also because they share a common language. There is, of course, no denying that the knowledge of the English language is one of the most important tools available to our children. It is one of the international languages, a tool of communication between countries, cultural groups, various companies and organizations, communities and friends. English may be a foreign language, but it is international in its significance. The importance of English language cannot be disregarded. It is spoken, read or understood in most parts of the world. Wherever you may go Europe, Asia and Africa or in the Americas, in Australia or the North or South Poles you will find someone or the other communicating with you in English. It is rightly taken as the lingua franca, the common language in all parts of the world today. There is need to learn and use it in our country even though we also need to develop and adopt our own national language in all fields of life No one denies the importance of English language in the present time as global language. It is clear that the English language has become more dominant around the world. In some countries it use as the mother tongue and other countries learn it as second language in their schools. This is making English widespread. In addition, many reasons which contributed to rising of English spreading. For example, use it for communication between people around the world, as well as, it is language of modern times. On other hand, English is the language of science and technology. There is no doubt that, the English is language of communication between the people with different cultures. It is also the language of computers that help to communicate with the people around the world through Internet technology and e-mail. People who know English can deal with the Internet, which is regard information and communications revolution. Also one of reasons that contributed to the spread of English that, it is the language of the modern era. Where the people are use it in various field of life such as, economy, e-commerce, medicine and aviation. In addition, it is the language which use in the tourism and travel. This reasons motive the people to learn English. One of the main reasons why the English is dominant in the present time, use it in the field of education by universities and institutes and, they use it in scientific research. It has become an addendum to the mastery of scientific individual stock. On the other hand, the English is an important requirement in most government jobs and private. It is quite clear that English has become an necessity today. We need it in different fields of life. The English language has become easier to learn more than ever before with the availability of many sources to help people learn very easily. Such as the Internet, books and educational institutes which spread around the world. . A great writer can do anything with the right techniques. Even if you never plan on becoming an author writing masterpieces of English Literature it is still very important to know how to write. Your job will at some point require you to write. Therefore if you want to keep your job you will have to know how to write. To even get a job you need to write a resume and if doesn't make sense or sound appealing, good luck getting a job. Although much is said about the importance of the English language, one cannot overlook the important economic and diplomatic relationships that our country has forged with other French-speaking countries. The recent Sommet de la Francophonie in Moncton, New Brunswick, reflects the importance of this language. These inspiring words are still ones to live by. As we enter a new century and millennium, we must all inspire to continue to make this country strong and competitive, by nurturing and providing to the younger generations, the tools to succeed, helping to make Canada the continuing envy of the world.