The Importance of Learning English Literature in School

672 Words Mar 26th, 2011 3 Pages
English is an international language, as we all know. Therefore, the role it plays is very significant. For this reason, all efforts should be made in order to enable the students master this language. In my opinion, as a teacher of English language at schools for more than two decades, English language is easy to master. But, what I see now is something different. Nowadays, a majority of the students refrain from using this language.
Many of my students at school tell me with frustration that they find English a difficult language to learn. I do know, that they sincerely want to master the language, use it and eventually make a suitable, beneficial career out of it. Even after attending summer courses in English, they voice the same
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When the British colonized a country, they planned in the first place, to teach the natives their language to assist them with the administration of that country. They realized that learning the English language would be futile if not accompanied by teaching English literature. For this reason, English literature had been taught from the beginning. In my opinion, the British would not have been interested in the teaching of their literature unless they considered it a means of learning the language. Those countries which were once colonized by Britain, after they won their freedom rejected the English literature and stuck to the language teaching, those countries in fact, made a grave error of judgment. Ironically, proficiency in the English language which they aimed at deteriorated when they dropped out the English literature, defeating their basic goal.
To return to the point, it is time to teach our students English literature in schools in order to set them free from the agony and enigma of the problem of learning English. Dr. Thakur rightly recommends, children’s literature. We can bring into the syllabus simplified English stories. Also, the syllabus can include simple lyrical poems such as ‘Lyrical Ballads’ by William Wordsworth. In addition to this, we can teach the students plays in simple English to understand and act out. In this way, we can, to a considerable extent, solve the problems students face in mastering the English language.
I hope Professor