Lack of expertise in English language is main hurdle to bear fruit of modern knowledge and transform it into goods and services as all information across the globe is coming in this international language and requires immediate steps to polish English language skills especially in students as well as teachers.
This was stated by speakers at the inaugural session of a series of Transforming English Language Skills (TELS) workshop with a special focus on Professional Development for Teaching through the Medium of English arranged by Department of Chemistry, Government College University Faisalabad in collaboration with British Council (BC) and Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Wednesday.
The inaugural session was chaired by GCUF Faulty of Management and Administrative Sciences Dean Prof Dr Shahbaz Arif while Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean Prof Dr Pervez Azeem, Chemistry Department Chairman Prof Dr Iftikhar Hussain Bukhari and BC and HEC Master Trainer Shahid Adeel also spoke on the occasion
Dr Shahbaz Arif stressed upon the teaching community to polish English communication skills among the students not only in their writing but also in the listening and speaking. He advised teaching community to follow good pronunciation; avoid using difficult English language words and make it easy understandable for the students to convey the crux of lectures effectively. He also showed his concern over deficiency of teachers in lack of effective communication skills that must be enhanced. He said English language is important for the society to survive in the era of modernization. “We ignore listening and speaking of English among children right from grade one. Before starting English writing from Grade 5, a child must be familiar with the listening and speaking of the language,” he added.
Most of the times our students especially hailing from the outskirts of cities score good marks in professional courses, but fail to face the interview because of their deficiency in English language, he lamented.
Prof Dr Pervez Azeem underscored the need to give attention to pronunciation and vocabulary in teachers and students to meet the demands of modern world. He called for increasing the reading habit among the students which was showing a declining trend. He said good teaching capabilities revolve around choosing creative techniques, which arouse thinking creatively in students and sorting their opinions.
Prof Dr Iftikhar Hussain Bukhari said that workshop would help increase effective communication skills among teaching communication. He said while teaching any subject, a teacher must make the environment of the classroom more exciting and interesting by using good communication in order to boost up students’ speaking listening and writing skills. Shahid Adeel briefed the audience about the programme of TELS. Helping material was also distributed among the participants.