*difficulties in learning English…
English was a subject I didn’t really like when I was in senior high school, perhaps for a few reasons. And frankly speaking, I sometimes blamed the teachers, the books, and many others justification. Eventhough I could reach 8 or 9 in the student assessment report, I just didn’t welcome the English lesson a lot. I didn’t really enjoy the class and I couldn’t understand why I didn’t. But now, after being graduated from university, I can figure out a few things why I didn’t love English.
We don’t love English because we don’t completely understand why we should be familiar with English. We were just told that English is important and is the international language, but we didn’t definitely get it.
I finally got this point when I faced conditions below.
I studied pharmacy, a subject that was definitely unfamiliar with me *that time… Thus, I tried to pay full attention in the class, make 100% attendance, joined the practice class, but I just couldn’t catch the lesson. Then finally, I had the last solution –> the text books… But, unfortunately, the text books of Pharmacy are most in English. There is actually books in Bahasa Indonesia, but one in a million. Then, I started to realize and feel sorry WHY I DIDN’T SERIOUSLY LEARN ENGLISH….
Anyway… After realizing that understanding English is something compulsory, I started to point mastering English as my prior plan. I read English text books a lot, established English club, we got English classes, practicing spoken English in English days, and so on… And, the most important thing: encouraging friends and colleagues to also start learning English, together…
After a couple years in encouraging students to learn English and join English club as well, I think I can describe a few difficulties in learning English for students.
- They don’t really know how to start. Most of college students are now encouraged to use English. Sometimes, the lesson materials are described in English, and even the examination. I mean, they now understand that English is really important. But, the problem is, they just don’t know what to do with their bad English. They want to learn seriously, but how…?
- They don’t have sufficient extra time to learn English. Most of students spend most of their time in the campus for classes and labs. Allocating a particular time to only deal with learning English is almost impossible. Students sometimes are stuck with their business in learning and assignments, and then they feel that it’s a good justification to not learn English.
- The faculty don’t really take part in encouraging students to learn and practice English. The faculty with it’s regulation has a very powerful tool to “insist” the students to master English. I mean, why don’t just the faculty pay more attention to make more concrete regulations such as: English day for students and lecturer *and perhaps also for workers. This rule would be taken as a serious regulation if there is a “reward and punishment” method.
- The English club don’t really know where to go. This is just something acceptable for a new club. English club is just a club organized by busy students. They sometimes need supports from the faculty, the alumni, student board, etc.
These difficulties have to be addressed by the English Club. A year experience is supposed to be enough to go forward and reach more concrete targets. Englich Club only is not enough to overcome these problems. They should collaborate with the faculty and students board.
This post is written in “Ngeblog bareng PEC vol. II“
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