How to solve and face these English language challenges in the Philippines?
Must-have-Standard English – which is American English because they are originally our speaking model since 1975.
And for Ms. Bolasco a Standard English should be the current, reputable, and national language taught in schools. It must have a uniform in spelling, grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary though not to devoid of regional differences. This must be well-established by the usage of formal and informal speech in writing by the educated and widely acceptable whenever English is spoken and understood worldwide. This standardization is manifested in grammar, and vocabulary, spelling, and pronunciation. She believes that language is evolving and we are beginning to use it in the way that native speakers do.
IMITATION to speak like native speakers
You know that imitation is the easiest way to learn a new language. You imitate the way the native speaker sounds and the way he or she talks. This was the way our first Filipino English teachers learned English so quickly from the Americans. They taught the language using extensive drilling rather than a communicative approach (which is the trend now). Even in the early 1940s and 1950s, traditional behaviorist, B.F. Skinner believes that children imitated the language produced by those around them. They learned easily when they were praised and encouraged. This theory gives importance to the environment as the source of a child’s language learning.We learned first by listening and then imitating the sound. As Secondary English Teachers as being in the immediate environment of the students, we are the people with which they spent most of their time, so we have a great impact on the way the students speak English.
3. IMMERSION – immersing ourselves on how native speakers speak and use the language.
In fact, there is an evidence that shows immersion theory is effective in that nine percent (9%) of our first Filipino English Teachers were students of the Native- English Speakers. Within 41 years of the American regime, English had spread to over 26.6% of Filipino’s as of 1939 and reached 64.50% of Filipino’s by 1980. But, now, we do not have direct exposure and immersion with native speaker teachers, we cannot afford to pay someone to train our teachers or we are just too lazy (sometimes or most of the time), then, we will never be improved. To remedy this, the administration or the education should try to discover what exactly English teachers need and how other sectors can help them to grow personally and professionally. In fact, there are some native speakers and Acrolect Filipinos, Filipinos who can speak nearly like native speakers, who are willing to help our English teachers. They could have provided them with needed help by using the right model of English learning inside the classroom.For the students, we have available books, the internet, native speaker friends and good English movies or English audio podcast, which are worthy of emulating.
If only we have the right attitude and a heart who is willing to learn, we will surely make a difference and I’m sure we can speak/write as how native speakers do. I hope teachers, we show to our students our willingness to change so that we can make a proper change within our environment. It is necessary to conduct this process and change our mentality towards learning to strengthen English instruction in the province and even cities. What teachers understand may change their behavior, values, or beliefs, that will also promote change from vernacular English to standard neutralized English. We have a huge responsibility for our next generation. What we have might affect on what our students may become in the future. We are always the right model of the language and we should commit ourselves towards English enhancement. We are doing this not for ourselves, but for our country the Philippines – that perhaps one day we can be proud that we have raised the prestige of our country among foreigners and English can be a credit to our Filipino citizenship.
If you have any additional suggestions to solve our English system problems, please leave your comment below. Thank you.