Speech festival applications are now closed until August 2021.
Why is good English important?
English is the most dominent global language
It is the world's lingua franca (meaning the language that is used for communication by multiple nationalities) which truly links the whole world together. If not for English, the whole world may not be as united as it is today. There are 400 million native English speakers, 700 million speaking it as a second language and over a billion people learning it right now. This is not to say that other languages are not important.
English is the language of higher education
A good standard of English unlocks the door to many learning opportunities. Most university courses are in English, especially in professional fields such a medicine and law. Most knowledge and information databases are stored in English.
English is the language of communication
Nearly all organisations and companies use English for internal and external communication. In selecting employees, fluent English is high on most company's priorities.
English is the language of the Internet and technology
Over 80% of the world's information stored on computers is in English. Although other languages are growing on the Internet, English still dominates. Without English, access to the vast online resources would be limited.
English is the language of travel
Travel is an important aspect of life nowadays, be it for pleasure, education or business. English is the universal language of travel.
English is the language of the media
The richest sources of news and information about current affairs are in English.
English is a rich language
English is rich in vocabulary with over a quarter of a million words in common use. It is full of idioms. It is the language of literature.
The bottom line is that if your child does not have an elite knowledge of English, he or she will be limited in some way.
The key to becoming an elite English user is EXPOSURE and practice in the key literacy areas. Each of these areas will be discussed on a separate page.