It happened 8 years ago when I was in 6th grade. It was when 40 other students broke into giggling after I omitted ‘an’ in one of the sentences while answering to my Science teacher. Later, I asked my fellow friend what wrong I did? And, he explained to me that it was a grammatical error of not using an article.
14-years-old, I felt nervous after everyone laughed at me. My confidence to give a speech and talk in front of the class dropped by half since that incident.
After that, I felt necessary to improve my command over the English language. I started writing on contemporary issues, without caring much about grammar and sentence structures. I started reading as many books as I could. In my spare time, I used to read novels from different authors or to work on my grammar.
Instead of assessing how perfect one is in speaking English, we should see how daring and confident one is.
The English language has been my weakest point when I was in primary school. I have always been a man with new and creative ideas, but when it comes to grammar, I haven’t been among the best. English, as an international language of the world, is a must-learn to compete at a global level. It is an excellent skill to have, but if anyone doesn’t know how to speak/write English, he should not go through fun making.
The English language is just like any other language of the world, and it takes effort to learn. Can we expect an American to explore the meanings of all Nepali words, and speak our language fluently? Of course, he can’t do so. Likewise, those whose native language is not English may find it problematic to communicate in English.
So, what people must know about the English language is, it is just like any other language spoken out in the world, and it improves over time with practice. In a world full of people exploring new ideas, we should not consider the English language as a parameter to measure intelligence.
Many schools and colleges in Nepal instruct their teachers to communicate with each other in English. It is a good initiation from the institutes of Nepal as it will help students if they go abroad for their higher studies. But those, whose English is not good should face no humiliation as no one is perfect in language. There must be more than 2 lakh words inside the Oxford Dictionary.
And no student can digest all of these words while using them the sentences in the right way. Therefore, the teachers, community members must understand it. Thus, they should encourage that practice is going on which will surely result in a healthy outcome.
Here, I share my opinion that there isn’t any doubt that the English language is the need of an hour. Every person who aspires to compete at the global level must learn it. But the process of learning and demonstrating the language skill must remain healthy. Nobody should discourage one who is no speaking English correctly.
We should keep it in mind that learning a second language is a tiresome process. We think in our mother language and tend to translate the thoughts later, which causes reluctance, delay, or incorrect communication. Everyone must understand it. Besides, the teachers or peers must discourage breaking the jokes, if you try to speak the second language. Instead, by adopting the right attitude, we can provide an encouraging learning process in every learner.
Instead of assessing how perfect one is in speaking English, we should see how daring and confident one is. The teachers should remain vigilant to check that no student should lose the courage to speak the second language. They should set clear rules telling them that making fun is undesirable. They should also arrange English speaking oriented activity sin the classrooms to encourage the learners to speak fearlessly.