Language is functional as it is a meaning-making resource people use strategically to achieve specific purposes. Language is influenced by social and cultural contexts. It not only represents but also actively constructs our worldview, values, culture and diversity. It is also an aesthetic tool for imagination and creativity.
Locally, the English language is the common language that facilitates communication and bonding among different ethnic and cultural groups. Globally, the English language grants Singaporeans the mileage to participate actively and effectively in a knowledge-based economy.