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Shvoong Home>Books>The Problems Facing The teaching of English Language in Primary schools Review

The Problems Facing The teaching of English Language in Primary schools

Book Review   by:bejayroy     Original Author: Master Benjamin Patrick
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Language is seen as mans most important gift. It is the basics of all creative thought. Without language, there will be no progress, no civilization and no culture. English is important in Nigeria because it is the language that builds a bridge across the barriers created by the existence of many languages. This colonial legacy (English language) has now assumed the language of communication, commerce, sciences and education. As a result of this enviable status of this language, there is the need for every Nigerian to be in the four basic skills of learning, which are listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. English language continues to be used even more intensively as a medium of instruction for pupils in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. As a result of this importance, it is necessary to teach it well. However this has not been so especially in the primary schools. Ndahi 1975 a matter of some concern is the current low performance of our students in various examinations. Teachers of English are particularly disturbed by the poor performance of English language. The next for effective teaching of this language is also important because it is the medium of instruction to teach other subjects as explained in the national policy on Education. Thus some concern is also expressed by Adesanya1983 who argue that “ for the language to serve as an effective medium of instruction in schools, it is necessary to teach it very well.” As a result of the foregoing, we must find out the barriers associated with its effective teaching. Various scholars have identified these problems. Ekong 1980, identified “lack of sufficient materials, student home background and lack of interest in spoken English on the part of the teachers and these students. It is when these problems are identified that a solution can be proffered in other to make English lesson interesting and useful in schools” To find out theses barriers, the researcher the systematic sampling method to select the students in the class.
Which enable him to get the information from the students on barriers facing the teachers and learning of English language in schools.
There are many problems in schools today that make learning and teaching processes difficult. For quite some time now, the issue of English language has been a major concern to the authorities in schools. Some of the problems are lack of materials, interest of teachers, parental and home background. The problems of spoken English in Ayangburen primary school, Ikorodu has a great adverse effect on the academic performance of the school. Till now, many of them cannot read and understand English books, which as a result makes them perform so low in comprehension. Many of the pupils do not talk or converse in class just because they are unable to express themselves in English and are fully aware that Yoruba speaking in class is prohibited. Many of the pupils fear to read aloud in the classroom because of their inability to pronounce English words correctly. The pupils where used to their mother tongue. This unhappy trend should not be to undermine the laudable educational programs of our government. It is needless to emphasize the importance of English language in the acquisition and transmission of knowledge from primary school and to university and to he general administration in Nigeria. It is therefore important that the writer should diagnose the causes of these problems with a view to make recommendations to the authorities, parents and teachers in combating the problems. It is expected that the study will guide the efforts of the school authorities in achieving their goal.
Published: February 18, 2008   
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