English is one of the three most widely spoken languages in the world. The better you are at speaking, reading and writing English the more confident you will become in your everyday activities. Being confident with your English skills can also open up many more opportunities for you both socially and in your work place.
Meet more people
By increasing your English language skills you’ll be able to communicate with more people, not just with other Australians but with people from all over the world, both face-to-face and online. The more people you meet the wider your social network will be. Being able to have a chat with your neighbours or other parents at school pick up will open up opportunities you may not have had before; you may make more friends or be able to join and participate in different social groups. As your English skills improve doing your shopping or paying bills may even become a more social and enjoyable experience.
Increase your job chances
The more fluent your English is the easier it may be for you to find a job. Many jobs require employees to have a good understanding of the English language; to be able to read, write and speak English well so that you can follow instructions and communicate effectively. You may also be able to gain a promotion at your current work place, or be called upon to help translate information for your English speaking colleagues. Being able to speak more than one language shows that you have the commitment, brain power and ability to take on challenging tasks; these are important qualities to have as an employee and will look good on your resume.
Become a community advocate
If you are able to speak English as well as your native language, you may be able to help others in your community or your family that don’t speak English. You can let them know about events that are happening in your community, help them fill out forms, or help translate during doctor’s appointments. Being able to speak English well will also mean that you will be able to let English speakers know what your family or community’s needs are.
Increase your knowledge
There are many sources of information that are only available in English – books, newspapers, movies, radio stations and articles on the internet. By increasing your English skills you will have access to all of these resources and with that your knowledge will increase.
It’s never too late to improve your English skills. English is a complex language and it will take patience and commitment to improve, but the benefits are endless and it is well worth the effort. If you would like help to improve your English skills Learn Local organisations can help you. Find out more here http://learnlocal.org.au/wycl/languages/