- Problems with teaching methods 4. Communication problems
- Making it easier to understand 5. Examination results
- Studying with or without a teacher 6. English people’s mistakes
A. I’m a 24-year-old business student from Malaysia and I’ve been going to English classes at night school for the past 5 years. Up to now I’ve thought that I’m a good student. Last month I went to Britain. Nobody could understand me and I couldn’t understand them. What went wrong? My English teacher is very good and I always get the highest mark for my grammar test.
B. I’m writing to ask your opinion on my problem. My English teacher never corrects my mistakes when I’m speaking. Isn’t that her job? How am I going to learn to speak better? Also she’s always telling me that I should forget all the rules of grammar that I learnt when I was younger.
C. I am looking after two small English children. I love my job but the way that English people speak is a little surprising. For example, I often hear them say things like ‘more friendlier’, and I thought it should be ‘more friendly’. Many of them say ‘we was’ instead of ‘we were’. Can you explain this? Would it be impolite of me to correct them?
D. I have been studying English for three years. I’m quite good at reading and writing but listening is very difficult for me. My teacher suggested that I listen to the BBC World Service every day in order to understand English better. The problem is that it’s hard for me to understand every word. Do you have any ideas about how to make listening to the radio less difficult? I like to listen to news very much.
E. I have studied English for five years at school but for the past six months I have been using the Internet and books to learn. There are lots of materials to choose but I’m not sure what is best for me and how I should use them. I really would like to take some international examination but don’t know how to study without help. Should I take a course in my local school – which is a little expensive for me now – or is it possible to prepare for the exam on my own?