I’m gonna be (500 miles):
Why online learning & teaching of English-language matters in a globalised world.
Grow old with me:
“We’ll still sing our song when our hair ain’t so blonde.”
All around the world, people are living to a far older age and they’re having less children too.
This is the demographic trend of the ‘greying population’.
In short, this trend is where the number of older people in a country’s population out-number the amount of young people in the workforce, as well as the falling birth rate mean that there aren’t enough young people entering the workforce to replace all the older people who are retiring (or who may need more and more younger workers to provide the social and health care in their old-age).
This is a massive global demographic trend that has never happened before in the history of humanity! It’s going to have far reaching consequences and implications that it’s hard for us to fully understand right now.
All over the world, many people are working for longer (both in the years of their life spent working and in the hours they work per week) and today very few have a job (or career) for life, so they need to keep developing new skills and embrace life-long learning. At the same time, less and less young people will be entering the workforce to replace those retiring, which has implications for employers, a nation’s tax base and the health-care resource needs for the growing number of geriatric people.
Both employees and employers are going to have to change their expectations and behaviours to adapt to this BIG trend, as well as governments and families.
Working day and night:
“And I’ll be working’ from sun up to midnight.”
In Western economies as the share of young people in the workforce decreases compared to the share of older people, so employers will need to employ more older people (than they currently do) and then train them in new careers, skills, products and technologies.
This alone won’t be enough to counter the trend in greying demographics, but it will be one way that business will seek to address the demographic trend (of the shrinking number of young people in the workforce and the growing number of older people it).
As a result, businesses and public services in Western economies and societies will need to rely more on the offshoring and outsourcing of services to developing economies (such as in Asia, Africa, and South America), where there are larger populations (especially of young people, because the birth rates haven’t fallen as dramatically as in developed economies, like the UK, Japan and Germany).
In order for developing economies to meet this growing demand (and economic opportunity) in offshoring and outsourcing and for them to succeed in meeting it, then they will require a greater proportion of the people in their labour markets to become better educated and more professionally skilled than is currently the case. Critically, this demand for off-shoring will increase the need for language competency in English, Spanish, and French (and probably Chinese too) in the labour markets of the developing and emerging economies.
More than words:
“Now that I’ve tried to talk to you and make you understand, What would you say if I took those words away?”
Globalization has meant the convergence and integration of economic and social activity. In the 20thC and 21stC, globalization has seen the rise of a dominant language of business (and science, computing, and other creative fields): English.
As a result, a high value is associated with bilingualism, especially for people who have English as a first or second language.
In today’s world, either being born into a family that speaks English as a first-language or into an environment where a person can learn English as a second-language endows that person with a life-long advantage and greater economic opportunity.
One key to ‘levelling the playing field’ of life’s opportunties for people in Asia, Africa and South America is to help them to learn a second language. In particular, helping them to learn English.
However, there’s a long way to go before enough people in Asia, Africa and South America speak (and read and write) English to a proficent level to meet the economic demand and opportunity — both for the opportunity of today’s and tomorrow’s demand!
For example, in India in 2008, only 1.5 million people spoke fluent English in a labour market of over 400 million people; yet the economic demand for fluent English-speakers in India far exceeds the available supply.
This need for a better and more broadly educated workforce in emerging markets, especially the need for more people with the ability to speak English, is a BIG challenge and a BIG opportunity!
It’s BIG challenge because to get the quality and quantity of learning opportunities to the vast number of people that need it (in order for them to thrive in a modern economy) is not easy to do, especially as many don’t have access to a good local education infrastructure (nor teachers) in the first place.
It’s a BIG opportunity because it’s one BIG growth market for the providers of education! This is especially true for the teaching of English as a second language! It’s a growth market that is ideally suited to online learning solutions. And it’s a growth market that is going to require a lot of really great teachers to deliver some of that online learning.
How can we fix this BIG problem and address this BIG opportunity, both effectively and at scale?
Basically, we can fix them through the deployment of online teaching and learning solutions. These can augment and support (or sometimes replace) traditional education institutions and programmes in this task.
“Can’t you see that ray of hope, Somebody finally saw the light… Somebody found the key, Somebody opened up the door.”
Happily, as mentioned above, one BIG answer to how we address the BIG socio-economic challenges facing the world is through more online learing (AKA: eLearning). And a key part of successful delivery of online learning will be the strategic use of great teachers in facilitating online courses and curriculums.
Online learning is looking like it might provide the answers to many of the socio-economic questions that need answering in today’s world, in order to help solve the complex challenges facing people in the labour market or still in education.
Not only that but it promises a BIG new growth market for business and investors. And a growth market that has many years of BIG growth still ahead of it!
Find out more about how online learning (and great teachers) will helps solve the BIG socio-economic challenges faced by governments, business, employees and students at: https://medium.com/@hello_33256/the-role-of-online-learning-teaching-english-language-in-a-globalized-world-with-a-need-for-f42d2d9cb33
With a little help from my friends:
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