The government’s education department in the Riyadh region has pointed out several deficiencies in the teaching of English language in the Saudi Arabia’s schools.
To me this is a good sign. To admit that there is a problem is a sign that solutions are possible; if there is a will to find and implement these solutions, there is a way.
Among the negative aspects in the teaching of English outlined by the education department were poor and incorrect pronunciation, the use of Arabic in teaching English, no homework, carelessness in writing and no practical use of English writing skills.
There was also little or no utilization of books that assist in teaching the English language to those whose mother tongue is not English and no stress on elocution, dialogue or conversation.
In fact the teaching of English in our schools is done in a basic and rudimentary manner. Added to that is the weakness and the inability of Saudi English language teachers to improvise.
However, I am not at all surprised at these findings. First of all I believe that teachers should be taught how to teach. They have to attend teacher training institutes where those who instruct them are themselves familiar with the latest English language teaching methodology. Those who teach English in our schools must be able to communicate. To do that they must be strong in the English language – unfortunately, many are not.
Failing to teach
English is not being taught effectively in our schools. We cannot afford to be complacent, and there is no time to wasteKhaled Almaeena