There is a myth lying in the core of the mind of all the parents that English medium is the first and the last choice to them for the purpose of learning rich and effective Spoken English of their offspring. In India and other Asian countries , English medium institutions play a predominant role in the psyche of the parents who are very much focused for the future of their successors. This is why Spoken English classes have became so popular in India.
Today’s guardians have a blind faith on English medium school especially for the spoken English because without this skill nobody gets a privilege to work in any MNC . The guardians are obsessed with English medium education only for building a strong foundation in spoken English . Spoken English skill is their crying need.
Due to the mushroom of growth of the MNC and unabated closure of Government job opportunity , It’s transparent to the parents regarding the future of their sons or daughters . But the innumerable growth of unstructured English medium schools are hammering on their ambition and desire every day .
All these pseudo English medium schools are simply pouring water into their effort and aspiration . These so called English medium schools simply play ducks and drakes with the future ambition of the students’ parents as well as students’ spoken English capability .
Are they truly an English medium institutions ? Why do they not emphasize strongly on the spoken English Skill which is the prerequisite criterion of all the guardians ? The pitfalls of these pseudo English medium schools are unquestionably the most baneful for the growth of vocal communication in English . Let us analyze the problems categorically .
Schools without Affiliation :-
A ton of English medium schools have no affiliation of their own . These institutions simply run their curriculum without abiding by the prescribed guidelines of the council . They have neither any attached field and ground for playing nor they have any adequate library and laboratory .
They impart and train the students from KG – standard VIII and from IX they tie up with any affiliated schools through which their students are allowed to sent up for Board examination . Naturally these genres of schools neither maintain their own standard nor protect the future of their students . They never give stress on the intensity of spoken or vocal skill .
Appointed Teachers are Less Paid :-
It’s very unfortunate that the nation builders are mostly less paid in most unaffiliated unstructured pseudo English medium school . As a result , the teachers are rather more focused on doing private tuition than teaching in school with great energy and gusto .
The rate of increment of the emolument of the respected teachers are sluggish in these schools . How could the guardians expect that the teachers will teach their sons and daughters with great fillip ? This affects directly on rich spoken English efficiency .
Teachers are not Well Equipped :-
Most of the English medium schools run their schools without any affiliation . As a result , they flout the norms and regulations of the council . They emphasize more on budget and cost curtailment . They search for those teachers who demand less .
Those English medium schools even sacrifice the interest and betterment of the of the future of the students by recruiting teachers who have neither proper educational background nor having any educational experience . This hampers vehemently on the spoken English attribute.
I can provide you with simple example. There are some English medium students enrolled in my Online English Courses. Why did they do that?
Teachers’ Educational Background :-
This is one of the salient drawbacks from the end of the English medium schools . Most of the selected and recruited teachers in those schools had passed their educational qualification in Bengali medium or in any other regional Board medium .
A teacher’s own medium of study in her own academic journey is in any vernacular language except English . In that case , it is very problematic for him or her to lecture in the class in English . S/he studied from school final to M.Ed in regional language .
These kind of teachers will face hardship in delivering lectures or communicating with the students in English . This is one of the potent reasons for which the students of many English medium schools are not so rich in spoken English as they are expected to be .
Students’ Negligence :-
A student in Science or Commerce stream in Higher Secondary pays attention more on his or her Science subjects . The English book and the subject remain untouched throughout the year . The students seem confident enough to cover up the English books prescribed for their syllabus only in fifteen days before the inception of the examination .
Their spoken English efficiency gets affected a lot due to their flagrant negligence in disguise of over confidence towards the English . This over confidence mostly affects their spoken English ability .
Parents’ Inadequacy :-
A student spends a lion share of his or her time in his or her home with parents and families . Home is the first school and the perfect supplementary and complementary of schools . Apart from teaching in schools , a family plays a vital role in nourishing the students through communication . There are some guardians who think that sending their children to any English medium schools is enough .
Their children will be vocally well equipped with the magical touch of the teachers in the school . These guardians simply reside in fools’ paradise . The guardians have to communicate with their children in English . Their children should be given a social English ambiance and English association both within family and outside family .
English is not Spoken in School Premise :-
In most of these sort of above mentioned English medium schools , the teachers never communicate with their students in English within their school campus . The students always communicate with their peers in their vernacular language . This is not at all monitored by the school authority . The teachers never ever enforce the students to communicate in English within school campus .
Self Complacent :-
The students of these English medium schools get 99 out of 100 in English only by paying attention to the subject English just before the commencement of the examination . If a student gives minimal effort and yields maximum , then they resort that practice easily .
The spelling pitfalls , handwriting , quality writing are not at all considered as a parameter for getting good score in the examination . This makes the students self complacent . If a fortnight study of English could get him or her 90+ marks , then the students will never put their utmost endeavor .
About the Author
Hi! I am Indrajit Ganguly. People all across the globe know me by my professional nickname IG. I am a spoken English trainer in Kolkata and Blogger. I love to write blogs and articles that attract me.