Knowledge is Power, Language is Key

25 November 2002 07:55

I was chatting with Lina over a couple of things and one of the things we talked about was the use of English in Science and Mathematics subjects in our schools. Both she and I kinda agree: Why the concentration on science and mathematics only? Why not strengthen the English curriculum properly so that students have a broader mastery of the language that can open not only the realm of science and mathematics, but also other things, e.g. economics, humanity, philosophy and heck, even religion!

I consider myself lucky to attend schools that had better methods in teaching the English language. For one, when I was in lower secondary school, their English curriculum was different than that of other schools. There were three types of English classes, one that taught grammar and vocabulary (to teach the basic mechanics of the language and use of words respectively), another was literature (to teach comprehension) and finally composition (to teach writing and expression). Then in upper secondary, I was again lucky to have English teachers who had a creative way to make learning English a fun and doable thing for everybody (have you ever thought of using the Arabic script to write English sentences and compositions? Heh! I gotta thank Mr. Amin for teaching me that!) And throughout certain weeks, besides the usual classes other than English, we are not allowed to speak other languages except English in the hallways, teacher's room, or even the admin office! Looking back at it, I certainly am grateful to have those for it made me where I am right now. Kids these days oughtta have those kinda things as well (Gee. I sound like I'm some kinda frickin' grown up or something...)

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