Towards a Bilingual Country



        In my opinion, language is certainly the most essential quality human beings have inherited. It is the only way to communicate, and it is fascinating how we can convert our thoughts into words. Since language lets us express our feelings, I think learning a second language gives us valuable life skills, as well as, a wider vision of today’s world. Since language is our most important, if not the only, means of communication, I think it actually brings people together. Whenever we use language, we are expressing our intelligence through words. I also think mastering a second language gives us priceless life abilities. I think it is an advantage to know a second language because it gives people access to a larger pool of information, and thus a wider area to seek employment and cultural enrichment. Therefore, I think it also gives the chance to have a more extensive vision of the world. Not only we gain a better understanding of who we are, but we also have a broader access to other cultures. Thus, we can notice how important is to speak a second language in our case we are going to focus in learning English as a second language. As it is known English is one of the official and dominant languages around the world as Jose Felipe Pardo says in Interlanguages Magazine (Revista Interlenguajes) “it is the international relation language (Es el idioma de las relaciones internacionales”. And Colombia as many other countries is trying to adopt English language in order to become a bilingual country. As it was set before there are many reasons to learn a second language but there are many factors that make the process of teaching and learning be a success or not.
        In our country Colombia teachers have to face many things when they are teaching English; first of all, in public school, especially, groups...