The widespread use of English is threatening the existence of many minority languages. Do you agree or disagree? What are the solutions to this problem?
Some people are concerned that the widespread use of English may cause many minority languages to become extinct. I believe their concern is well justified.
Many minority languages are being threatened by English today. Small communities where these languages have been spoken are trying to increase economic, social and cultural ties with the outside world. Young people in these communities tend to lack motivation to learn their native language well because proficiency in English can bring them more educational and job opportunities than proficiency in their native language. People from these communities are also likely to find it easier to make friends with people who cannot speak their own language is that they can enjoy a much wider variety of entertainment, such English songs, TV shows and films, if they have a good command of English. As a result, many minority languages are losing speakers, especially young ones, to English and therefore being endangered by it.
Governments and schools should take measures to prevent the extinction of minority languages. Governments should provide funding to programmes that promote the art and culture of linguistic minorities, and give tax benefits to companies that hire employees who can speak minority languages. Public schools in regions where linguistic minorities live should provide courses on their native languages. Teachers of these courses should try to make learning interesting and make their students feel proud of the culture and language.
In conclusion, although the increasing communication across cultural boundaries has made English more important than ever, I believe that governments and schools should create opportunities for speakers of minority languages to learn and use their native language well.