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    Good Evening Teacher,
    I have joined in this group yesterday itself. Well, this is
    Mallika from India.Oflate, I have completed B.Tech.Currently, Iam persuing some software courses along with communication skills.
    I need your help for my seminar on " Importance of english in modern era".
    I will be waiting for your reply.

    Thanking you.

    Yours sincerely,

  2. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Re: Seminar

    Welcome, Mallika.

    What would you like us to help you with?

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    Re: Seminar

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Welcome, Mallika.
    What would you like us to help you with?
    Thanks for answering .
    i need help regarding topic "importance of english in modern era"
    like how to start the seminar and where can i get the information regarding this topic. I want to use good vocabulary too so will u plz help me out. Waiting for reply.

  4. nemesisage's Avatar

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    Re: Seminar

    I think you should emphasize on "English is the language which has been accepted by majority of the countries" and now It's became a global language...

    Please refer to think link to get some basic idea about English Language...

    I would suggest you to do some pure writing about this concept...I mean what you understand by the subject...and note down your ideas and begin writing with the sections you know the best....

    Have a look below, this might give you some idea that how you can start from a scratch....

    The Thinking About It Stage

    1. Be inclusive with your thinking.
    2. Write down your ideas.
    3. Don't be overly influenced by others-it's your research.
    4. Try and set a realistic goal.
    5. Set appropriate time lines.
    6. Take a leave of absence when it will do the most good.
    7. Try a preliminary study to help clarify your research.

    Preparing The Proposal

    8. Read other proposals.
    9. Prepare a comprehensive review of the literature.
    10. Photocopy relevant articles.
    11. Proposal should be first 3 chapters of dissertation.
    12. Focus your research.
    13. Include a title on your proposal.
    14. Organize around a set of questions.
    15. Some considerations for designing your research:

    a. Design your research so the subjects benefit.
    b. Choose your methodology wisely.
    c. Consider combining methodologies.
    d. Carefully select location for your research.
    e. Avoid conducting research in conjunction with another agency.

    16. Use your advisory committee well.

    a. Select faculty who will support you.
    b. Your major professor is your ally.
    c. Provide committee with well written proposal.
    d. Plan the proposal meeting well.

    Writing The Thesis Or Dissertation

    17. Begin writing with sections you know the best.
    18. Rewrite your proposal into dissertation sections.
    19. Use real names/places in early drafts of dissertation.
    20. Print each draft on a different color paper.
    21. Use hand drawings of graphics/tables for early drafts.
    22. Make your writing clear and unambiguous.
    23. Review other dissertations before you begin to write.
    24. Introduce tables in the text, present the table and then describe it.
    25. Use similar or parallel wording whenever possible.
    26. Let your Table of Contents help you improve your manuscript.
    27. Write real conclusions and implications - don't restate your findings.
    28. Make your Suggestions for Further Research meaningful.
    29. Chapter One should be written last.

    The Thesis/Dissertation Defense

    30. Attend some defenses before it's your turn.
    31. Discuss your research with others.
    32. Don't circulate chapters to committee.
    33. The defense should be team effort - you and adviser.
    34. Don't be defensive at your defense.
    35. Organize your defense as an educational presentation.
    36. Consider tape recording your defense.
    37. Prepare an article on the outcomes of your research.


  5. nemesisage's Avatar

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    Re: Seminar

    Have a look on the below topics and information, that might help you...

    Eyes on "Importance of English in Modern Era"

    Topic: - English - the universal language on the Internet

    The current situation
    In general, the universal language on the Internet is English, or more exactly a vague collection of languages called "English" because their common origin is the national language spoken in England by the English. That national language has spread over the world, and several variants such as American (US) English, Australian English, etc exist. A great number of people whose native language is none of the variants know English as a foreign language. They typically use a more or less simplified variant, e.g. excluding most of the idioms of British, American, Australian etc English. Of course, they make mistakes, and sometimes the "English" used by people as a foreign language on the Internet is almost incomprehensible to anyone else. In addition, people who use English as their native language do not know how to spell difficult words, since they basically know English as a spoken language.

    Thus, roughly speaking, the universal language of the Internet is clumsy, coarse and misspelled "English".

    There are exceptions, most importantly national newsgroups in such countries where English is not the native language of the majority. Even in such groups English is used, for instance when people from other countries wish to participate. And a few international groups have a theme like discussing a particular language or culture so that it is natural to assume that the participants have a common language other than English. Moreover, a group which is partly international in the sense of not being purely national might use a language other than English, for instance if the group is intended for people in German-speaking countries.

    Why is it so?
    Generally speaking, when a languages has got the position of a universal language, the position tends to be affirmed and extended by itself. Since "everyone" knows and uses English, people are almost forced to learn English and use it, and learn it better.

    Even if you expect the majority of your readers to understand your native language, you may be tempted to use English when writing e.g. about research work. Usually researchers all over the world know English and use it a lot, and often the relevant terminology is more stable and well-known in English than in your own language. Thus, to maximize the number of interested people that can understand your text, you often select English even if the great majority of your readers have the same native language as you. Alternatively, you might write your texts both in your native language and in English, but this doubles the work needed for writing your document and possibly maintaining it. The maintenance problem is especially important for documents on the World Wide Web - the information system where one crucial feature is the ability to keep things really up to date. Consequently, the use of English in essentially national contexts tends to grow.

    In the news system, the position of English in most international groups is regarded as so obvious that people who post non-English articles to such groups - by accident or by ignorance - typically get flamed quickly. This is the sort of control that newsgroup communities exercise in other matters than language, too. It is often regarded as an example of the "democratic" nature of the news system. However, things are changing fast. The flame control - i.e. control by flaming - has worked to a great extent because people have had relatively compatible status, background, and values of life. The time has come - childhood's end for the Internet - when we will see more and more people and organizations who pay little attention to flames and netiquette. The increasing amount of spamming is just one indication of this. But these general remarks hardly apply to the status of English.

    By the way, when people post articles to international groups in their own languages, the reason is typically novice users' ignorance of basic facts about the news system. People start posting articles before they have read what is generally written to the group. One thing that causes this happen relatively often that there is no easily accessible and useable list of groups together with their content descriptions, and typically content descriptions do not explicitely state what language(s) should be used in the group.

    The universal language position, once gained, tends to be strong. But how is such a position gained?

    During the history of mankind, there have been several more or less universal languages or lingua francas, such as Latin (and Greek) in the Roman empire, mediaeval Latin in Western Europe, later French and English. Universality is of course relative; it means universality in the "known world" or "civilized world", or just in a large empire. No language has been really universal (global), but the current position of English comes closest. The position of a universal language has always been gained as a by-product of some sort of imperialism: a nation has conquered a large area and more or less assimilated it into its own culture, including language, thus forming an empire. Usually the language of the conquerer has become the language of the state and the upper class first, then possibly spread over the society, sometimes almost wiping out the original languages of the conquered areas. Sometimes - especially in the Middle Ages - the imperialism has had a definite cultural and religious nature which may have been more important than brute military and economic force.

    As regards to the English language, it would have remained as a national language of the English, had it not happened so that the English first conquered the rest of the British Isles, then many other parts of the world. Later, some English colonies in a relatively small part of America rebelled, formed the United States of America, and expanded a lot. They formed a federal state where a variant of the English language was one of the few really uniting factors. And that federal state became, as we all know, wealthy and important. It also exercised traditional imperialism, but more importantly it gained a very important role in world economy and politics. Whether you call the US influence imperialism or neo-imperialism is a matter of opinion, but it certainly has similar effects on maintaining and expanding the use of English as classical imperialism.

    This probably sounds like political criticism, but it is intended to be descriptive only. Personally, I do not regard imperialism as an incarnation of the Evil; it has had both positive and negative effects, and in many cases imperialism has been a necessary step from chaos to civilization.

    Effects of the importance of the Internet and English
    The importance of the Internet grows rapidly in all fields of human life, including not only research and education but also marketing and trade as well as entertainment and hobbies. This implies that it becomes more and more important to know how to use Internet services and, as a part of this, to read and write English.

    Of course, the majority of mankind cannot use the Internet nowadays or in the near future, since they live in countries which lack the necessary economical and technological infrastructure. But the Internet causes polarization in developed countries, too: people are divided into Internet users and Internet illiterates, and as the use of the Internet grows and often replaces traditional methods of communication, the illiterates may find themselves in an awkward position.

    In general, it is easy to learn to use Internet services. The worst problems of Internet illiteracy are, in addition to lack of economical resources of course, wrong attitudes. Older people are usually not accustomed to live in a world of continuous and rapid change, and they may not realize the importance of the Internet or the easiness of learning to use it.

    But although Internet services themselves are, generally speaking, easy to learn and use, you will find yourself isolated on the Internet if you are not familiar with English. This means that knowledge or lack of knowledge of English is one of the most severe factors that cause polarization. Learning to use a new Internet service or user interface may take a few hours, a few days, or even weeks, but it takes years to learn a language so that you can use it in a fluent and self-confident manner. Of course, when you know some English, you can learn more just by using it on the Internet, but at least currently the general tendency among Internet users is to discourage people in their problems with the English language. Incorrect English causes a few flames much more probably than encouragement and friendly advice.

    In different countries and cultures, English has different positions. There are countries where English is the native language of the majority, there are countries where English is a widely known second language, and there are countries where English has no special position. These differences add to the above-mentioned polarization. Specifically, it is difficult for people in previous colonies of other countries than Great Britain (e.g. France, Spain, the Netherlands) to adapt to the necessity of learning English. Locally, it may be necessary to learn the language of the previous colonial power since it is often an official language and the common language of educated people; globally, English is necessary for living on the Internet. And the more languages you have to learn well, the less time and energy you will have for learning other things.

  6. nemesisage's Avatar

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    Re: Seminar

    Here is some more scenario,

    English for News and Information

    English is commonly used as a medium for the communication of information and news. Three quarters of all telex messages and telegrams are sent in English. Eighty percent of computer data are processed and stored in English. Much satellite communication is carried in English. Five thousand newspapers, more than half of the newspapers published in the world, are published in English. Even in many countries where English is a minority language, there is at least one newspaper in English. In India alone, there are three thousand magazines published in English. In many countries, television news is broadcast in English. Because of the power of television, demonstrators in every country use signs printed in English for the benefit of the international press.

    English for Business, Diplomacy, and the Professions

    English is a major language of international business, diplomacy, and science and the professions. It is the language that an Iranian businessman and a Japanese businessman are likely to use to communicate. Important commodities such as silver, tin, and hard currency are traded in English. English is also an official language, or the official language, of many international organizations, including the United Nations and many professional organizations. It is frequently the language of international conferences, and it is the language of international athletics. Throughout the world, many professional papers are published in English. Even papers that are published in other languages often have abstracts in English.

    English for Entertainment

    • Popular culture.

    Popular culture has also played an important part in spreading English. American and British popular music are heard all over the world. American movies are seen in almost every country. Books in English are available even in countries where few people actually use English. One reason that students give for learning English is to understand these songs, movies and books.

    • Travel.

    English is also very important for international travel. Much of the information countries disseminate about themselves outside of their borders is in English. English is spoken in large hotels and tourist attractions, at airports, and in shops that tourists frequent. There are newspapers printed in English, and TV news is available in English. Tours are almost always available in English. Even in countries where few people speak English on the street, people who work with tourists generally speak English. In some countries even drivers of buses or streetcars and sellers at newsstands speak English well.

    Other Uses of English

    In many former British colonies, English is still used in government and as a medium of communication among people who do not have another language in common. In some cases, it is a neutral language that is used to avoid giving any one indigenous language too much prestige. English is often used in India, because it is neutral. It is the language of government. People who speak English have a certain status in society. It is used for books, music and dance. In Singapore, English is a second language, but it is necessary for daily life. Many companies there use English. In addition, sixteen countries in Africa have retained English as the language of government. Now standard English is taught in schools in those countries, because it is necessary for careers.

    English is also studied as a foreign language in countries where it is not generally used as a medium of communication. In China, English language lessons are popular TV programs. Two hundred fifty million Chinese--more than the population of the US--are learning English on TV. English is usually the first or most commonly taught foreign language in many countries, and people understand it a little at least.


    As we have seen, English is a widespread and important language in the world today. It is used for everything from international academic conferences to news reports to popular music lyrics. It is used not only for communication between native speakers and nonnative speakers of English but between nonnative speakers. Even though it does not have the greatest number of speakers in the world, it is the most widely used language in the world, and it will be used by more people in the future.

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