THE EDITOR, Sir:
As an educator who taught English language for many years in our high schools, I agree that pedagogy is vital with its varying methodologies to deal with differing learning needs. However, an important component of the learning process is the attitude of students to the subject being taught. There must be the interest and a genuine desire to learn.
It is a truism that attitudes influence personal action choices; and only a positive attitude to the subject will produce the effort necessary to attain the required standard, especially in a society whose first language is not English language.
Too many students may be of the opinion that the syllabus is a bother - an attitude which militates against satisfactory performance from the outset.
Students must be helped to appreciate the value and importance of mastering the English language, especially in an increasingly globalised world. They should not have to be reminded that this is basic to their achieving success in the other subjects, and that the primary language of the World Wide Web is English.
Consequently, in order to function in this digital age locally and internationally, a working knowledge of this subject is necessary.
There would be the necessary motivation to overcome the challenges of studying and applying the rules in grammar and sentence construction appropriately. Our cultural Patois will always have its place; but if students could be encouraged to read widely and practise speaking standard English as regularly as possible, their writing and expression skills would be enhanced considerably, especially if the penmanship is legible.
MARGARET A. MORRIS
Former School Principal