I recently watched a video about teaching English in Romania and was fascinated, in particular, to learn that the Romanian Education system has switched from focusing on English grammar and vocabulary to a more conversation based learning process to the detriment of learning grammar and developing vocabulary. In other words they have gone too far in the opposite direction.
In Japanese schools as we know the emphasis is on grammar and vocabulary thereby producing students who cannot communicate orally but who are quite capable in written English – great for internet and text messaging but obviously of little benefit in speaking.
It is consequently apparent that when teaching and/or learning English it must encompass the four elements; listening, writing, reading and speaking which requires a long term dedicated aspiration in order to become adept in English. language communication.
To achieve proficiency, as highlighted by the Romanian students who were interviewed, one must have the desire/passion to become skilled at English and must complement their studies by reading English books, newspapers, magazines etc, watching English TV and movies, listening to English radio and music and speaking English with native English speakers.
It is important therefore, that ESL students don’t just concentrate on obtaining a certain TOEIC, TOEFL or IELTS score but have fun in communicating in English and treat it in the same way as they do any other hobby that they may have. That is why serious students of English must look to their closest Smith’s School of English to help them to become an adroit English communicator because Smith’s School of English teacher/owners are devoted to ensuring that their students reach and surpass their objectives – they are in fact highly motivated Coaches of Communicative Confidence.
Smith’s School of English – Koenji