you want to:
- earn good grades while you are in the United
- be able to speak comfortably with your teachers,
fellow students, and neighbors?
- have a good relationship with
your academic adviser?
- obtain a graduate teaching assistantship
or other form of financial aid?
- be able to carry out normal
administrative procedures without stress?
- be able shop, talk
on a telephone, and use the public transportation system
- get an internship in your field of study
presentations at professional meetings?
- make a positive impression
on prospective employers?
- make friends with people who are not
All of these worthy goals require using English. Everything
will be easier for you, and you will be able to accomplish
more of what you want to accomplish, if you speak English well.
Much of your success in the U.S. will depend on your ability
to communicate with people in English. There will be times
when you need to know how to use a machine, obtain information
on getting a job, or convince another person of your ideas.
To accomplish these goals you will need English. Students constantly
share ideas and information in informal conversations. If you
miss out on these conversations, your chances for professional
and personal success will be limited compared to your peers.