Background of the study
English language seems to have gained prominence as a global language especially in this technology-driven age. Knowledge of English language has become necessary for assessing many discourses at a global level, from international relations, to popular culture, and to academia (Mackay, 2002). Mackay further stated that in the world which is now becoming a global village, where information and communication technology is shared among all countries, one needs to be conversant with a universal language such as English language. Supporting Mackey’s opinion, Rylatt and Lohan (2007) assertedthat access to knowledge and the entire world is through the medium of English language as it’s the language of communication, text books and research. According to Mackay (2002) it is estimated that there are about 300 million people that use English language as a second language, over 45 countries use it as official/co-official language, and it has been spoken extensively in other countries where it has no official status. From the above views, it appears English language is the only language that has been accepted as official language globally. Sequeira (2012) opined that English language plays a vital role in the political and economic life of the countries that use it either as a second language or official language.