English Language Rationale

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Rationale Learning English as a L2 (second language) is not an easy task. According to Brown, in order to master the English language, learners have to be adequately exposed to all of the four basic skills, namely listening, speaking, reading and writing. Language teaching in this country is currently focusing on the teaching and learning of the four language skills (now five adding viewing via the implementation of the K-12 basic education program). However, the standard of English among Filipino children is on the decline despite learning English for several years. Filipino students are still weak in English, especially in these macro-skills. In the Philippines, English language has been considered the most influential spoken language in both educational and commercial facets of society. In fact, any school encourages the use of English in all of their forms of exchanging thoughts and ideas with which they can be understood by many. As an indispensable form of spoken communication and as a global language, English plays a vital role among people who seek for greener pasture and would take lucrative positions abroad. Moreover, English as a second language serves as the portal to susceptibly open greater opportunities among Filipinos who opt to create names in their chosen fields of expertise. In the 2004-2005, 2005-2006 and 2011-2012 National Achievement Test Results, English as one of the major core areas taken in the said examination, revealed the low performance
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