Of National Identity and International Requirement

Marc Angelo Martinez BA POLSC | theofficialmarcangelomartinez@gmail.com

Language plays a big role in shaping progress and development. It is bound to meet unity among people in a certain community and even in the entire country. In the Philippines, we recognized the Filipino Language as our own identity and one of our medium of instruction.  Mostly used in public announcements, social studies, and common communication to people. In the other hand, the English Language is undeniably considered as a requirement for international involvement. It will help individuals from all around the globe understand each other.

Whenever the month of August comes, there are several debates whether what is more necessary to master as a language and what language shall be recognized as the sole medium of instruction since we adhere to a bilingual policy.

According to the National Achievement Test (NAT) results for Filipino, the results are still below the Department of Education’s standard for mastery, considering that the highest national mean percentage score for Filipinos has never breached 52% in recent years. This only means that there is a need for our education department to fully implement Filipino in order to strengthen our own identity. The only problem here is: if using it as a sole language of instruction can further enhance the capability of all Filipinos or it will just make Filipinos ignorant to the international language. Many believed that is easier to memorize information in a language where they are naturalized. Furthermore, it is believed that it will stay for a longer time, develops the greater pattern of understanding of information gathered, and brings personal and individual’s thinking about the subjects.  never breached 52% in recent years. This only means that there is a need for our education department to fully implement Filipino in order to strengthen our own identity. The only problem here is: if using it as a sole language of instruction can further enhance the capability of all Filipinos or it will just make Filipinos ignorant to the international language. Many believed that is easier to memorize information in a language where they are naturalized. Furthermore, it is believed that it will stay for a longer time, develops the greater pattern of understanding of information gathered, and brings personal and individual’s thinking about the subjects.

Studies conducted by organizations such as UNESCO and the World Bank, as well as by local institutions, show that pupil learns faster and better when taught in their national language which is mostly in line with their local tongue. As to what others believe that English is the only language suitable for knowledge. Is it really the language that matters in learning? Any particular language is a repository of knowledge. English is just one of them. The chance of understanding English and the ability to master the language shall stay firm however, we should also promote the chance to learn in our own national language. We should know how we can uplift our own culture by not adapting other languages that control us. The usage of Filipino will truly help young learners understand better. It promotes an easy-access in understanding and interpreting all the lessons as it is named as the lingua franca of our country but to weigh, the importance of the English Language can be rooted as an international obligation in order to line with the growing standards of globalization and oneness. In end, we do have a global language for world communication, regional ones to serve regional communication and processes including education. We need to learn the languages that suit our varied national requirements for culture and development. Yes, we need the English for international and external affairs but we also need a language best understood by our people. Languages that will promote unity and will not divide people’s perception to knowledge and wealth.

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