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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Nature of Langauge

The Nature of Language was not studied in the old English curriculum. It came with the new and it came with a wide possibility of answers that can come from anywhere, as long as it concerned language albeit the syllabus, which I doubt I can call one. The teachers were given three pages of notes on theories of language acquisition, levels of analysis and other basic terms in linguistics. I received the notes from a colleague of mine who attended a workshop on teaching Nature of Language. The same thing was to be taught from class nine till twelve (as far as we have been informed). Students have to write answers to 10 points under this section in the exam.

Since the questions (set by the teachers who are put together by BIG SEA) don't follow the specified notes, most students lose marks in this section. Few questions always surprise/confuse us. Students may lose only one or two points but they lose and sometimes they don't qualify for a RGoB scholarship because their English marks is one or two points short.

BHSEC, English, Teacher's Guide

If I may, I see this section allotted to Language as very ambitious but bleak and obscure to most teachers,  given the material for teaching and our (teachers) knowledge of Language. Further more, the BHSEC teacher's guide ask teachers to invent activities on language study. I am lost as an English Language teacher with the Nature of Language.
Forgive my ignorance if I am wrong but I see little requirement for school students to study this in school and if they have to then the curriculum should cut out a clear and definite sub-curriculum for teaching Nature of Language and the teachers should be convinced why this has to be taught.

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