What is English?
English, which has its roots in an ancient West Germanic dialect, is considered the most widely spoken language in the world today. English originated in England but due to migration and political influences, it is now the first language of many different nations in the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United States. The language has undergone changes over the years and has been influenced by other languages due to its geographical spread. Today, there are over 250,000 distinct words in the English vocabulary, and this does not incorporate technical terms, slang, etc. Formal written English is the universally accepted form of communication in this language, while spoken English changes according to accent, dialect and other influences.
The Importance of Knowing English
English is considered the dominant language in many international areas where communication between countries is required, including aviation, science, IT, entertainment and business, and over a billion people around the globe have a basic working knowledge of the language. In many countries around the world, a working knowledge of English is required in order to be even considered for a job.
The academic discipline which studies literature written in English, as well as English linguistics and English sociolinguistics is known as English Studies. The discipline is a very broad one which incorporates multiple fields, including but not limited to English law and composition studies, the philosophy of the English language, cultural studies, translation, communication, gender and ethnic studies, theater, film such as English movies, the media, specific area studies, folklore and publishing.
Academic English Courses
An undergraduate university degree which focuses on the analysis and production of texts in English is known as an English Major in the United States and several other countries around the world. The course covers the analysis and interpretation of English film and literature and could be helpful in many career choices in the future.
The requirements to begin an English course naturally differ from school to school, although there are three prime skills which most institutions insist upon: The ability to analyze literature logically and reflectively, the ability to create good, creative writing and the ability to analyze and understand literature from different cultures and periods. Courses cover multiple subjects, ranging from creative writing to literary theory.
Career Opportunities with an English Major
An English Major course can lead to many different careers, from the more obvious (editing, journalism, research),to those where the skills learned in the course- such as the analysis of large texts and the formulation of cohesive pieces - can be applied to other areas such as advertising, English translation, business and marketing.
Recently published English essays
An argument that God does not save Faustus because of Faustus' own indecisiveness, fear, and his refusal to formally repent.# 154203 | 841 words | 0 sources | 2015 |$19.95 Add to cart
An analysis of how Ernest Hemingway developed a code of ethics for his characters in "A Clean and Well-Lighted Place" and "Fifty Grand".# 154200 | 821 words | 0 sources | 2015 |$19.95 Add to cart
A research paper on the pros and cons of modern animal experimentation.# 154192 | 2,114 words | 14 sources | 2015 |$19.95 Add to cart
An argument against genetically engineering a human life.# 154164 | 772 words | 3 sources | 2015 |$19.95 Add to cart
An in-depth comparison of Buddhism and the modern world, and a portrayal of a world with Buddhism as the dominant religion.# 154163 | 1,725 words | 5 sources | 2015 |$19.95 Add to cart
A rhetorical analysis of David Brooks' commencement speech to the Wake Forest University class of 2007.# 154148 | 897 words | 1 source | 2015 |$19.95 Add to cart
A comparison and contrast of the book "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins with the movie by the same name directed by Gary Ross.# 154127 | 2,012 words | 6 sources | 2015 |$19.95 Add to cart
A brief essay on the definition of family and how this author's definition has evolved .# 154126 | 1,208 words | 5 sources | 2014 |$19.95 Add to cart
A review of the film "Insidious Chapter 2" directed by James Wan.# 154122 | 986 words | 0 sources | 2015 |$19.95 Add to cart
An argument that the book "Kaffir Boy" by Mark Mathabane should not be banned in schools.# 154121 | 818 words | 0 sources | 2015 |$19.95 Add to cart