Posted Date: 20/09/2018
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English for Indians: What They Don't Teach You in Schools

Most Indian students and working professionals find themselves stuck when speaking or writing in English, despite having studied in English-medium schools and colleges. Blame your English teachers, for they never made English fun and easy.
Identifying the subject of the sentence is so important that everything else in the sentence depends on the subject. Your verb depends on the subject. Your adverb depends on the verb you choose. There is a whole chain of words that depend on one single word–and that is the subject.

“It pays to speak English” –A 2006 study by economists Munshi, Kaivan and Mark found that, in India, speaking English gave workers a 25 percent premium in wages over non-English speaking workers.

The way English is taught in schools needs to change.

Ask a high school student, or a college-goer or a working professional if he/she knows where and when to put a full-stop. I bet 8 out of 10 will give weird answers!

This is because most English teachers in India do not really focus on helping students identify the subject of a sentence and then match it with its verb. They might write a few sentences on the blackboard and leave it to students to figure out.
Identifying subjects and verbs should be a project in itself–because it is so fundamental to learning everything else! This is the first step in learning English–whether it is writing or speaking. This is what is happening in India–most people talk gibberish English, not grammatically correct English!

After coaching thousands of students, this is what I could make out: Indian English teachers don’t stress identifying subjects and matching them with appropriate verbs. At least 8 out of 10 students are not aware of the basic present tense rule. If the subject of the sentence is singular, the verb must be singular. If the subject of a sentence is plural, the verb must be plural.
Let’s not kid ourselves – people who have a good command of the English language will have a greater scope for growth. If you have aspirations to lead a rich life and go places, you’ve got to learn to speak and write grammatically correct English. Unfortunately, most of our English teachers in India do not understand the complexity of grammar constructions, and to expect them to impart grammar to kids is like asking a blind man to lead!

What you will learn in this book is the nuances of grammar – not in the strictest sense of Wren & Martin’s academic style, but in a novel way. This book is written only for Indians who are struggling with the English language. This book is not for you if you want to learn English from scratch. The assumption is that you should have learnt some grammar parts in schools.

Read more: http://www.englishforindians.com/


SUBHASH DESAI JOURNALIST, LANGUAGE COACH & COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST.


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