Review of Giovanni Tapang “Don’t teach maths and science in English”
Giovanni Tapang. (2012). Don’t teach maths and science in English.
Giovanni Tapang, author of the article “Don’t teach maths and science in English” is an associate professor at the National Institute of Physics, University of the Philippines. He says that English may be the language of science, but students learn better and contribute more when taught in their local tongue. There are three reasons which are stated by the author about this article are English for commerce not education, mathematics and science are not exceptions and the challenge is worthwhile. In the feature article “Don’t teach maths and science in English”, the author, Giovanni Tapang explains his opinion about mathematics and science should be taught in the native tongue. Today, the English language is very important for trade purposes and local tongue is helpful in understanding the mathematics and science. It is also paves the way for more potential. The first main point from his view is English for commerce, not education. The ability to write and speak in English is the most important feature set by employer. Even though, in the Philippines have more than 120 languages, the Department of Education allows local language for the teaching of most subjects because it will encourage them to stay in school. I’m really agreeing the way they manage the education. Besides ,It is also show that pupils will learn faster, better and with enthusiasm when taught in their vernacular language. Secondly, maths and science are not exceptions for achieving excellence. All of the countries that have basic instruction in their local tongue were got the high grade in both subjects test in the Trade in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).Eight grade students also got the consistently ranked high, they countries also use they local tongue. I admit that if I learn it with my local