STUDENT’s LANGUAGE BARRIER

Did any of you notice the students who scored state level ranks from rural areas are not shining on their professional degree at college level?

Because of much competition? Nah…

Because of complexity of syllabus? May be, but that’s not the main cause.

Then what! Answer is simple but its complicated scenario LANGUAGE BARRIER.

Most of the time the state level ranks held by a rural student who learned all his/her subject by native language and it’s easy to present in the same way in exam paper because he/she knows what they are writing about. The first question being asked to them after their state level rank, what is your ambition Doctor/Engineer? They have to choose either one of this because that’s the maximum knowledge about the educational world they knew from rural area. They don’t have any awareness what other educational options are available in metropolitan city.

So they have to pick one from doctor/engineer and travel to city life with many dreams, but the world they are expecting is different from the reality. Being a topper in the school has to sit in last because of their inferiority. There are many factor they feel unsafe on their college circumstances

The First Fear

The first fear they have in their mind ‘what if someone asks me something in English, how I am going to respond. ’ They usually find a way to get rid of that situation – hide behind someone else. The reality is they are not only scared about the answer, they have more concerns to understand the question first.

For students like them, the first few months of their college life is like a maze, they don’t know where they stand and how they need to communicate/ask  lot & lots of question they have on their mind. Even though they have an idea/suggestion on their mind they hesitate to share that in front of the class because of their lack of confidence on their communication.

Difficulties

Most of the students (even who are good in English) have difficulties on studying Engineering/Doctor syllabus. But the students who has language barrier has lot more than the regular student.

  • Lack of efficiency in communicating in English
  • Difficulty to translate their thoughts from native language to English.
  • Difficulty in understanding the lectures in English
  • Difficulty in studying all the subjects in English
  • Difficulty in reproducing the subjects in English for their exams
  • Fear to speak in English in front of others. The students may have fears about going to college.

Worst of all above difficulties

  • Difficulty in making friends

During the first few months, the entire educational system declared  these students as last benchers and their college life get miserable.

To communicate in a language efficiently, the following key factors are mandatory:

  1. Listening
  2. Understanding
  3. Speaking
  4. Reading
  5. Writing

But the students who has language barrier FAILs on every aspect. When they hear ‘idioms and phrases’, they feel like its demon to them.

Many of you can say,

“To overcome these difficulties,

  • Start reading simple novels
  • Start writing Diary/Journals
  • Use Dictionary, etc., “

I am with you. But when you came to know that the person who sits next to you underestimates you, you feel like left alone in this world with no helping hands.

I am not giving any conclusion to this problem, but this blog is just a request to all educational institutions to take one more step to do an additional care on these people rather humiliate them in front of the whole crowd. Few educational institutions are already doing this, please spread the awareness to the students and make them believe

‘He/She one among them, they have feelings and they get hurt when you humiliate them’.

 

 

 

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