Problems in Teaching of English Language at the Primary Level in District Kohat, NWFP, Pakistan

Din, Muhammad Naseer Ud
November 2010
Language in India;Nov2010, Vol. 10 Issue 11, p223
Academic Journal
In this paper, the author discusses problems in teaching of English language at the Primary Level in District Kohat, in the North-Western Frontier Provice (NWFP) in Pakistan. The study was undertaken to identify the problems of teachers as well as students, regarding the subject. The main objectives of the study were (i) to investigate the academic and professional qualification of English teachers, (ii) to evaluate the problems related to teaching of English as compulsory subject in primary schools and (iii) to make recommendations in the light of findings of the study. The participants of the study were from eight schools, six male and two female schools were randomly selected within the District Kohat. This is considered only as a sample study. The researcher himself identified various areas of problems in teaching English language. On the basis of these areas, two questionnaires were developed, one for the head teachers of the schools and the other for the English language teachers of the schools. Data collected through the questionnaires was tabulated, analyzed and interpreted by using percentage and chi square formula. In the light of the objectives, the main conclusions were: Majority of the teachers were matriculate and had the professional degree of PST, so they were under-qualified for teaching English at the primary level, Audio-Visual aids were not available in the schools and there was no environment of speaking English at schools. On the basis of the conclusions arrived at, recommendations were given. English language teachers should have professional qualifications up to B.Ed. The English language teachers should be provided special training to practice spoken English and should be enabled to use teaching methods specially designed for teaching English at the primary level. Adequate teaching aids may be provided in schools.


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