Actually, while listening to students' interactions, the researcher observed that they experience problems in making distinctions between English words that are assumed to occur due to the complexity of English vowels. These problems are argued to be responsible for intelligibility problems. Therefore, this study represents an outgrowth of the perception errors of English vowels that are made by Saudi EFL learners listening to native English. Previous studies refer the perception problems of English vowels to several reasons. In a wider context, most EFL learners descending from language background whose vowel inventory includes a small number of vowels; are expected to have difficulty learning English vowels.
English is an official language in majority countries of the world. Moreover, many people are used English to communicate to each other. Additionally, English is the main language that is used in most higher education institutes and universities all over the world. Majority educational subjects are written in English even for the primary school. You can brighten your future with education, which is a useful tool which will follow you for the entire of your life (Mandela, n.d.).
The complexity of language teaching can lead teachers to have a great responsibilities to provide different learning tasks for the classroom. The issues about how to integrate the technology into the classroom atmosphere and relatedly, how teaching ideas can be contextualized for creating a natural language learning environment become a sleight of hand for teachers as they are much into it. Teaching ideas supported by the technology use can improve the language skills. Being exposed to four skills (speaking, writing, listening and reading), students can have an awareness of the need to the fifth skill as well which is intercultural competency. Moreover, the idea can increase an awareness of the need to communicate which is currently the significant goal of learning English.
However, it is not always an easy task for learners who use English as a second language to be able to speak to the level of native speaker. Nora (2017) stated that “Some researchers believe that when the non-native speaker’s pronunciation falls below a certain level, they are unable to communicate effectively” (p.1). In addition, Adrian (1999) also stated that “Pronunciation will of course vary greatly from one country to another, because different nationalities have
Textbooks are of great value and effect in the process of teaching and learning. According to Zohrabi, Sabouri and Behroozian (2012), textbooks are considered an essential component of any EFL course so that the use of EFL published materials is more widespread than ever. They serve teachers with guidelines concerning syllabi, teaching methodologies, and the materials to be taught. Here care should be done in choosing the best suitable text for a particular context. Textbooks are valuable in each language classroom, and they have several roles in English Language Teaching (ELT) curriculum and help the process of language teaching and learning.
This is a challenge for the students enrolled in English programs. Osada (2004) reported that listening as a complex mental process, involves perception, attention, cognition, and memory. Comprehending speech in a foreign language is a very difficult activity for language learners. While listening to a foreign language, most of the language learners face difficulties. In order to help students improve their listening ability and solve their listening difficulties, language teachers need to understand students’ listening difficulties in comprehending spoken texts, and teach effective listening
English is quite likely the most powerful language that exists in human society. No one can avoid being influenced by English, no matter where we are, English is always involved or been around somewhere. Furthermore, it is believed that people who have higher English education are more likely to have better life than others. Hence, English is the scheme, which measures whether people get qualified or they are capable to take an offer. However, it is potential that English will pose threat to certain languages when an increasing number of learning English reaches the peak due to globalization.
Thus, the ability in speaking skill is a crucial and important part of second language learning and teaching process. The mastery of speaking skill in the English language is a priority for many second language or foreign language students. Even though periods of focusing on language form and enhance vocabulary are important in English language learning, but developing the students’ ability to really communicate with English in the classroom are the main goal of an English language teaching. At the end of the study, the students should be able to communicate effectively in English for study, work, and leisure outside the classroom. Therefore, it is essential that English teachers pay great attention in teaching speaking to the students.
In this chapter, I have summarized the key results attained from this study in accordance with the motivation and attitudes that the engineering students of PTU and Anna University have towards learning English language. In the next part, I have identified some of the factors that influence these students’ motivations and attitudes towards English language learning and English course syllabus. It is followed by the areas of change that the English syllabus requires to improve students’ level of English competence and performance. Finally, I have included some recommendations so that the English syllabus of these engineering universities can be improved considerably for the benefit of students as well as various English teachers of the engineering
WORD ORDER -- In English, word order is more important than it is in many other languages. Very often ESL students produce sentences that sound strange to the native 's ear because the order of the words in the sentences is wrong. The basic pattern for English statements is: SUBJECT-VERB-OBJECT(S)-PLACE-TIME. Sentences do not have to have all of these parts, but if all of the parts do occur, they most likely will occur in this order. If a sentence has both a PLACE and a TIME, one of these is frequently moved to the front of the sentence.