Making it easy to learn english using universal words ST4US

By pjain      Published Oct. 10, 2019, 1:18 a.m. in blog Education   

BM$ - English competency is Vital for Economic Progress

Theories of learning English

Our Theories of learning English

Using universal words - everyone already knows 500+

Simplified Word lists - don't need synonyms, local nouns, stupid idioms

Asian English phonetic rationalized spellings

Simple American style Language not flowery, Shakespearean Kings English

Teaching English 101, Key Facts

India English Key Factors

India Owns English but Lack of pride

  • More "speakers" than US, Canada combined
  • Lack of pride - must speak accurately

Upper class focus on TRUE English-Medium expensive private schools

Only the upper-middle class and upper class Indians send their kids to proper English-medium schools. While these kids start their education in English from a very early age, and thus, consequently, develop near-native writing skills AND their speaking skills are near fluent English and less Indian native-like English.

Only the "rich" kids speak in English in their normal life/with their parents. In fact even at elite or normal preschool admissions, often parents are interviewed more than the kids to select the best professional backgrounds and fluent English speakers!

Upper Middle Classes also send to ineffective-English-Medium private schools

Most of the "other" private schools, the kids learn adequate English, but don't really learn to speak English fluently - it is very much a second language.

So most kids almost never ever use English except when required (answering teacher's questions, etc).

Foreign mocking esp. of accents is common

Another reason for anti-pure English speakers is sociological in nature - other children trying to do that would be teased as being snobby/snooty by their friends.

Indians Lack of Pride - English as a Slave Mentality - Indish would help?

  • True ability to fluently speak English is considered a status badge of honor - better than the rest that can't do so. Having a foreign accent gives an even higher status.

  • What is worse, English is used to ‘judge an individual’s knowledge’.

Though we are physically free, however, we are ‘rationally’ slaves because of the ‘English stereotype’ that is embedded inside us.

Professional Engineering, Medical admittees are often middle class

Admissions to IITs, etc. is based on performance on exams - high school board or entrance exams. These have become very very painful, needing near perfect scores, even a few marks off can drop one from ranking to get desirable programs like Computer science or even admission.

English of Professional Indians is often "not so good"

Consequently, upper class kids obviously do not have the same intense drive for higher education and bettering their lot than the not-so-well off do in subjects that matter for admissions i.e. Math, Physics, Chemistry, etc. while English or Hindi may not be considered in the weighting.

  • However English is pretty good enough

    11 % of all medical doctors in the US are Indians. And, licensing (through USMLE1,2,3) is not an easy thing to do.

More upper class families are buying a foreign education for kids

As it has become so hard to get admission into elite professional colleges, more and more upper class families are buying a foreign education for kids. Ironically, it can cost $10,000/year for a 4th class or lower quality college in India anyway, so paying a bit more with some financial aid to a state college for $20,000/yr for a decent Tier III college is not so bad.

Tons of people go abroad for education, settle there, or work there - most "bright" students do not come from the upper-class background as they don't have the work ethic needed to get through gateways, and these are the people who natives come across most.

English vital for call centers, offshoring of jobs - but Language skills and Accents horrible

I worked at a call center in the States that was transitioning to India. The callers I talked to HATED talking to the Indians. It was so bad that management had to reconsider going offshore. Indian accents are causing mayhem among millions of native Brits ringing into call centers.

Political Realities - Govt screws up Education

Education is Concurrent list - neither Center nor States give attention

Education is in the Concurrent List since the 42nd Amendment Act of 1976.

Neither the central government has a focus to improve higher education, and never enough by the state government in providing national-level solutions in their home state.

Little standards of K-12 education levels in India

There is no parity in the level of education, from primary to higher education, across the length and breadth of India.

A proper division of work in the field of education among central and various states government is necessary, to standardise our education system

Unnecessary subjects taught make Core skills harder

  • Example 1: C++ is one of the hardest computer programming languages esp. as a first one. Yet this is what is taught at higher secondary levels in India. At Stanford, Harvard and MIT, this is often not even taught to CS students, and yet Python or Java are taught to nearly all first year college students even from humanities background. This is far more pragmatic than the Indian education policy. Why C++? To save costs of changing textbooks is one claim - and teachers' unions don't want to change is another.

Religious indoctrination and Myths - History textbooks are distorted

Many governments in the past were mostly interested in promoting history textbooks that would suit their political viewpoint of society.

Fake degrees are common place

Rural schools - very few English medium

Note that English-based schools are prevalent only in urban areas (where just 30% of the population resides), and even there caters to the richer segment.

Resources

Learning English Made Easier

http://www.antimoon.com


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