I have been teaching English for the last 33 years either formally or informally.

I have been teaching English for the last 33 years either formally or informally. Even today I can’t say whether the English Reader is a boon or bane in the English class room. None of my students has become fluent speakers or good writers of English. So I feel the English Reader does not help anyone to speak or write good English.. Then what shall we do? Should we dispense with the English Reader? If our aim is to have some Reading Material, even an English News paper is enough. If we want to teach grammar, there are so many grammar books. Even if we teach grammar everyday, the students don’t apply the rules either in their speech or in their writing. If our aim is to make the students speak and write, the two productive skills, I think we don’t need any English Reader(THE COURSE BOOK). The teacher should make the students speak and write in the natural context. When the lay man is able to speak 3 or 4 languages very easily in the border areas, it is really irritating for an English teacher like me not to know the reason why the majority of the students are not able to speak or write English even fairly well after the formal instruction for nearly 14 years. Even the Communicative Language Teaching or constructivist approach doesn’t seem to help much .in the teaching of a second language like English. The only way out seems to be the resourceful teacher who creates real and simulated situations in which students learn to speak or write naturally and non-consciously.

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