Why Many Kids Do Not Learn to Speak English in School?

Parents think that once they admit their kids to a school, they no longer carry the burden of their child’s English education.

But is that actually, true?

Do you feel relaxed?

No, since, the school curriculum focus on scoring higher grades rather than teaching practical education. Moreover, in several cases, the teachers themselves are unfit or unqualified to teach English.

When asked by some teachers regarding the underwhelming response of students. They had a unanimous reply –

English is all they have to study?

The question strikes deep. But one has to realize that every other subject has an English link to it. English does not end with the regular class period. It has a universal appeal when it comes to learning.

  • Students pay more attention to subjects compared to English — This is a pervasive issue as students treat English with little care. While researching this issue, it was found out that not even 25% of the students daily study English. They accept science and maths as much more essential topics than English. That is the root cause.
  • Students get easy marks because of the lenient marking system — Two very related problems. A thing every student will agree on as well. The level of grammatical errors students make and the reduction in their scores is not justified. Making English a compulsion in 11th and 12th makes it significant, but the urge is to improve the marking scheme.
  • Feeling inferior — Different students hail from different backgrounds and have different exposure to English. This difference in upbringing births discomfort for certain students. They feel inferior and fear making errors. To make matters complicated, because of this poor self-esteem they rarely speak it loud to their elders.

What to do then? Here are several issues pointed out. Do we have a solution? Yes, we do have.

Here are certain ways which can pave a meaningful path to learning English.

·       Make learning fun — Making learning into a game-based task will help your child adapt it really quickly and they will remember it for their entire life. To keep your child motivated and energized, throw in a range of fun games. Like — field trips, and going for creative ways, to reduce stress.

·       Set prizes and rewards for completion of tasks — Recognising your child for small milestones can provide them a sense of achievement and provide a big confidence boost. These rewards could be little such as handwritten notes, a treat for the evening or night, gifting them their favorite toys, and taking them out to parks. These small rewards will not just build a healthy relationship but also keep your child inspired.

·       Prioritize learning and not performance — Do not ever let your kid fall into the trap of merely grades, positions, and numbers. He or she will indulge in getting number 1 rather than being number 1. The focus needs to be on learning and not performance. Every child is unique, and they require individual attention.

The above-highlighted issues contributed to the solution as suggested in this blog by Cafe Converse Delhi’s top English Speaking institute for school students.

 Now what you need to do is address these concerns and help your child to fight them. As they say, each child is unique We need to treat them and make them special as well.

English teacher coach Sonu Goel

Ms Sonu Goel is a professionally acclaimed certified ESL trainer from British Council having 15 years of strong background for teaching English language in both online and physical classes. She is dedicated to the teaching of English in an interactive and practical way, whereby learners feel enriched with knowledge and experience the language hands-on. She uses creative ideas and aids to let the learning happen as organically and efficiently as possible. Ms Goel has travelled various European countries and experienced an array of cultures and linguistic skills for the English language.

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