Re: Existing ideas and initiatives - languageMarch 12 2012 at 8:54 PM
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The problem is, when you teach English only in school and its not spoken at home, for many students English becomes (1) irrelevant, and (2) not practiced enough for them to become skilled at it. Thus it all ends up being a waste of time.
Yes, of course, for those students who live in the cities, especially if they end up in professional positions, English is essential. But hearing English all around them, they're more likely to absorb it by osmosis just like you say. Those are the only ones who end up being skilled in English, the ones who hear it all the time and are forced to practice it all the time.
If our schools won't give our students that kind of intensive training, then what's the point?