Active English makes learning fun

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 September, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 September, 1998, 12:00am

Many people say the English standard of Hong Kong students is declining because of problems in the educational system, but I don't agree.

Learning English is a complicated process. It needs effort from both teachers and students. And the students themselves have to show a keen interest in learning. We can't blame only the Government.

The Government has put much effort into improving students' English standard for years, but students don't seem to appreciate it. Although many schools have carried out the Extensive Reading Scheme, students seldom put their heart into reading. They just skim through them in order to finish the tasks they've been given.

Students are too passive. They do not learn English actively. They rely too much on notes from teachers.

In order to learn English effectively, frequent revision is needed.

The proverb - 'There is no royal road to learning' - makes a lot of sense. You need to be industrious. In addition, you need to learn English through different methods. Reading newspapers, listening to English songs and chatting with your mates in English, are good ways to improve your skills.

In short, read more, listen more and speak more.

I have my own way of learning English. I like reading my dictionary and talking to God in English. When I'm free, I read the dictionary and try to remember the words I read and understand their usage.

Learning English is not as difficult as you think. Try to learn it actively and you will have fun while learning. You will be proud to know that you've made a great improvement in your English.

Gloria is a pupil of Christian Alliance Cheng Wing Gee College