Why English is so important
One of the most important characteristics of the human kind is the ability to communicate. This process can be oral, written or through body gestures. This process of communicating amongst each individual is called Language. Because through language, humanity is able to express its ideas, feelings, sensations, beliefs, etc. for a developed society in order to advance, it is necessary that each member of that culture must know how to use their “tongue”, because by using it, each member expresses or reflects its personality and individuality of the region or part that he/she belongs.
Unfortunately there is a problem that has been affecting the way people communicate nowadays. I want to call it “the misuse of the language”; it happens when any member of a certain community does not make a good use of the language, producing the lost of the most important treasure that any society may have, Language. This problem might be caused by many factors such as: the lack of interest from members of any certain society to use the language in a proper form.
Because people take for granted that, since they were bon in the place where the language is used, they can speak the language without any problem. They do not show any interest in literature, which will lead them into a poor understanding of the other subjects in their schooling life, producing an undeveloped society. Another factor that is undermining the way people use the language is how people when communicating use technology. Unfortunately the majority of the society is damaging the Language by not taking into consideration the grammar rules each language system has.
One example of this is when young people use the Internet to do any task given; they just simply write the words in any searching engine, copy what they consider useful, and then paste it without even having analyzed the information, deriving into a worthless and unmemorable piece of homework. Cellphones and E-mail are also harming the language; people now focus on practicality rather than content. They completely ignore, or at least it seems, the grammar rules of the language concentrating only in how long their message is going to take to get to the other person.
They even forget about manners and correctness leading into a completely distorted language. This is when the role of language teachers comes into action. As teachers of languages, we have to teach our students not only the grammatical aspects, but also the necessary items that conform language. We have to make our students realize how important is the need to fully understand languages. Understanding how languages work, will lead any society into a more educated, better informed and prepared in different topics society.
We as teachers have to help our students to practice and develop the four basic skills of every language: speaking, listening, reading and writing. We as teachers, have to arouse our students’ interest in reading. When I say reading, I am not only referring to just decoding the signs of the texts, they must be able how to understand and digest any text they face in order to develop the rest of the skills mentioned before. By achieving this, students will be able to improve the way they think, imagine, reflect, and even the way they express their feelings toward the others.
We as teachers, have the enormous responsibility since we have to be proficient enough with the language, because is our duty to teach our students how to read different types of texts (from a simple magazine to a specialized book or article), our students need to be able to read any article and being able to understand the terminology, analyze it, and create their own judgment about the text. We as teachers, have to know how to center on students existing needs. Students learn best when incentives for learning in a classroom satisfy their own motives for learning the language.
Some of the needs our students may have are: the need to learn something in order to complete a particular task or activity, the need to seek new experiences, the need to master some skills, the need to overcome challenges, the need to become competent, the need to succeed and do well, the need to feel involved and to interact with other people. Satisfying such needs is rewarding for them and for us the teachers, and such rewards maintain learning more effectively than grades do.
Design assignments, in-class activities, and discussion questions to address these kinds of needs. We as teachers, have to make our students active participants in the learning process. Students learn by doing, making, writing, designing, creating, solving. Passivity reduces students’ motivation and curiosity. We have to ask questions. We do not have to tell students something when we can ask them. We must know how to encourage them to suggest approaches to a problem or to guess the results of an experiment. But if we as teachers
just master the language, it is not just going to be enough; if we want our students to be proficient with the language, we have to know how to create an adequate learning atmosphere. We have to sort the material they are going to use during the learning process, we have to organize the course, we need to categorize the material according to their capabilities, we need to know how to integrate every student in our activities, we need to create a link between the student and us and finally we need to know how to use appropriate, concrete and understandable examples so they can get the idea the fastest possible.
Finally, I would like to say that everybody needs the language in order to succeed or fail in every aspect of his or her life; it will always depend on the way we use it, it is how we show ourselves to the others and the first thing they notice about us. We might have a lot of interesting, fresh, important, even beautiful ideas in our mind, but if we are not able to capture them, they will be lost forever. And this is why I consider that studying and being proficient with the language is fundamental for the appropriate creation of a more civilized and advanced society. References: