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English language: Children misled

 WHY is the government or the nation surprised at the people's poor command of English? It did not happen overnight nor is it a phenomenon.
As far as I am concerned, it is a sanctioned blunder and one that has been going on for as long as I can remember.

Malaysians are "punished" for speaking proper English. One is considered as "showing off" or a "phony" if one does so. Sometimes, the terms used can be derogatory.


Why is that? We never question someone when he speaks proper Mandarin or Malay, do we?

I believe our children have been taught or misled into mastering the wrong aspects of English.

Instead of flawless grammar and an expansive vocabulary, youth think they just need to "sound" like they know the language.

So, the workforce is filled with half-baked English, spoken by those who appear to have spent some time abroad or in front of the TV, with no etymology or linguistic knowledge.

During my time in the education sector, two things never ceased to amaze me -- how graduates would rate their English aptitude and how their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia English result did not reflect reality.

Eight out of 10 applicants who rated themselves 10/10 were not even close to a six, and that was on a good day.

The moment Manglish was considered to be colloquially acceptable, good English was obliterated.


DOROTHY CHONG, Sibu, Sarawak letters@nst.com.my 2011/08/15

Source: The NST Home Letters to the Editor English language: Children misled
Tags: education, english, language
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