Asean Economic Community (AEC) has knocked at the door. On December 2015, we will start to face Asean Economic Community. We will be involved in a free trade condition. So, what should we do to be well prepared in participacing in this rapid world? We will need English to face this phenomenon. Because success in the global workplace depends on English as it has become a basic skill needed for future world. If we can’t understand English, we will be left behind because we don’t know about what they’re talking. Obviously, it will be really hard for us to compete with others. That’s why, English is very important for us. There are some points that must be done to empower students to reach their global needs by; standardizing English using TOEIC / TOEFL / English Assessment Test done in school and increasing the quality in communication in English including using student’s critical thinking.
Standardizing English using Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) / English test like Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) / English Assessment Test is now being held for students at some schools. If usually English only used as a study subject and included in national exams for junior and senior high school or a task on student orientation and campus introduction’s program, now in education sector, English is taken as prerequirement to entry an universities or scholarships especially to go to another country. And usually, the score of the test is about 500 above. It looks difficult, but you’ll never know until you try it. To increase our English’s ability, we can try to apply it in our daily life. For example, we can often to get many conversations in English, listen to an English’s song, or read a book that use English language. Supposed by it, students know more about grammar, vocabulary, et cetera and can do either TOEIC, TOEFL or English Assessment Test easily.
Furthermore, students need to increase their quality in communication in English. Because in the future, communication in English is very needed. If we want to talk with other people from the another country, we will use English since it’s an universal language. Even now, if we use internet, almost 80% electronic information is only available in English. While 20% of others available in another language and its not dominated by Indonesian language. From that, we can know that someone who can fluent in English have many benefits from it. And for those who want to fluent in English, there are lots of methods to learn it, one of them is increasing the quality using student’s critical thinking. Like in English’s lesson at school, students trained to often have communicate using English through a short conversation, debate or respond global issues and write it like an essay.
From that all above, English is a primary key especially to face Asean Economic Community. So Indonesian’s students must have good competence in English. Because we will face the world that full of competition than before. So there is no bargaining anymore. Study English become a compulsory thing.