Adding a Voice on the National Language Debate
October 10, 2014 Leave a comment
The Department of Education of the Philippines is right. English as a blanket medium of instruction for the elementary years is not acceptable. And to this, I add the views contained in this article. English should be offered and is therefore an option for those who are interested in the fields that would require them to be good in this language.
Language instruction in the classroom is not automatic. How a language is taught should be deliberate. There should be a desire to teach the language using the content areas for example. The mindset of students learning English just because the teacher is fluent in it is hard to support. Learning a language is much more complicated than that. The factor of home, culture, society, and media should also be taken into consideration.
And given the situation of the Philippines, where English is the language of the few and the privileged, millions of pesos are wasted in forcing english in the public school system.