Learners' Attitudinal Challenges : Problems & Remedies-English Language

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Learners’ Attitudinal Challenges: Problems and Remedies
Prof. A. G. Dodewar Assistant Professor of English Mahila Mahavidyalaya, 152, Nandanvan, Nagpur anildodewar@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT
English is probably the world’s most important language not just because of the people who speak it but also because of its significance in international, professional, social, cultural and political activities. That is why many non-native people want to learn English as a second language. Learning English as a second language or a foreign language poses many challenges for non-native speakers. The first language or a native language is normally acquired and learnt through life-experiences right from the birth of a learner and the knowledge of such language comes naturally and spontaneously. But this is not the case with a second language. The knowledge of second language is the result of conscious learning process that takes place in the class-rooms or somewhere else. While learning English as a second language, non-native learners have to face several problems. Firstly, English is a European language which has some unique characteristics and these unique characteristics hinder non-native speakers from obtaining a strong command of it. Secondly, Non-native learner’s pronunciation of English words gets influenced by his/her mother tongue as a result of which he/she finds it very difficult to pronounce English words accurately. For example, non-native speaker of English does not make any difference between the consonantal sound /p/ and the aspirated sound /ph/ in the words like pen. Nor does he find any difference between /v/ and /w/ sounds of English. In addition to these, there are many problems which need to be discussed like Conducive Learner-Centric-Environment, audience-fright, lack of confidence, innate and unexplained fear of the English Language, etc. Despite this, some remedial measures (Remedies) can play a vital role in overcoming the above-mentioned problems of a non-native learner. These remedies include Developing Passion for English, Creating healthy and competitive environment for spoken English, Developing ‘You are Ok, I am Ok’ attitude, vocabulary etc. Here an attempt would be made to focus on exploring Learners’ Attitudinal Challenges, Problems normally faced by the non-native speakers and the remedial measures. Such kind of remedies will definitely prove fruitful for the non-native speakers who want to learn English as a second language.

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Introduction : English serves as the native language for nearly 400 million people, a second language for another 400 million people and a foreign language to 800 million people across the globe. With the rapid growth of business industry and liberalization proposed by the government of India, the professional communication has acquired a new facet. More and more multi-national companies are looking forward to India for world-class business opportunity. As a result, it has become necessary to learn the language which can be the vehicle for an international communication.. English is probably the world’s most important language not just because of the people who speak it but also because of its significance in international, professional, social, cultural and political activities. It continues to be the world’s standard language and sustain its global popularity. That is why many non-native people want to learn English as a second...
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