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Myanmar's people are looking to the English-speaking world for better chances.
With Myanmar opening up to the outside worid, there is an increased need for English, especially for those who want to take the career uphill. YANGON: Just six month ago Min Sithu Maung could hardly talk or comprehend English. However, after class he has become fluid and has won trust in the English used.
I would have posted on Facebook in Myanmar six month ago, but now I'm trying to write and practice the English with the proper use of English Grammar and Spelling," the college graduate said. "English is an internationally spoken tongue. While I cannot speak my native tongue with foreign nationals, I can speak English with almost all of them.
I want to be a bankmanager, and the business is global, so I'm doing this." As Myanmar opens up to the outside world, there is a rising need for English skills, especially for those who want to take the career path, a Yangon instructor said at one of the school.
"There was no great interest in English lessons two years ago, especially among adults," said Benjamin Htet Wunna, a leading NIEC International Instructor. "For example, if you want to find a position and submit an application, your CV and covering note must be in English, and if you want to submit an application to large corporations, they will be interviewing you in English.
"They also need to speak English even for those who already work in the workplace and do businesses, because today we not only have to work local, but also work together on an international level, which is why English has become very popular," he added. A number of businesses have also begun to finance mandatory English courses for their own personnel, while others only hire mother-tongue teachers to provide training for their team.
In addition, some of the teachers have seen higher wages, promotion and the possibility of working in companies abroad after they have improved their English skills. "Companies see the need to educate their people in order to be able to communicate not only as a need, but as a need, because as they grow their business, they need to be able to interact more with overseas, either by post or by speaking," said Shirley Nang Hom Leik, program coordinator at the Nexus English Centre.