that” English is the lingua franca of business , commerce, industry and
economic progress” .English has been identified as a lingua franca in today’s
globalized world. Lingua franca means a language that has been chosen as a
common language between people who has different native languages. . Yorke (2006) defines employability as a “multifarious characteristic
of a person, a set of abilities, knowledge and personal attributes that make an
individual more likely to secure and be prosperous in their chosen occupations
to the benefit of themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy”. Therefore it is important for graduates be well competency in English in order to build up their
employment opportunities, ability to communicate with foreigners, travel to
different countries , be able to use and
communicate through the internet and thereby widen their prosper in their
future lives and bring strengthen to their lives. Competency in English will
surely build up employability by increasing basic abilities to get, keep and do
well in the job.
English can be named as the language of
the world.as result of this, graduates whose fluent in English, especially for
those on the threshold of employment can get a great opportunity to have a
suitable occupation. Skapinker (2007) emphasized that “It is not just that
Microsoft, Google and Vodafone conduct their business in English; it is the
language in which Chinese speak to Brazilians and Germans to Indonesians”.
Nowadays many companies are searching multi-nationally; English has been
exalted to the place of ordinary corporate language in order to bring about an
economic integration and a closer networking in the business environment.
Therefore a good English competency will give the opportunity for graduate employability
and prepare suitable graduate performance in the service sector.
At the present, there is a required for English medium education system at
primary, secondary and university sectors in Sri Lanka. The national policy
frame work on National Education Commission
(2009) admit the point that it was
important to create the English medium education in primary,
secondary and government universities
where teaching English requires being well-versed in the four skills reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Although, this has encountered problems due to the facts that there is lack of
well-trained instructors in English in Sri Lankan education system, therefore
problem of increasing the English proficiency remains unsolved and also the necessary of having quality assurance for Sri Lankan English degree
programs has been stressed mainly due the point of employability of graduates. There
is an obvious argument that degree programs in English language are poor in
relevancy and quality, which is the key for the higher increase of unemployment
among the graduates.
As a solution for these encountered
problems, government education sectors need to put their effort to build up the
quality of English degree programs and facilitate the institutions of English
train instructors, such as introduce new syllabuses, teach them new teaching methods,
train them with skillful other instructors and further discussions from their
sectors and try to find the right answers