I have always looked at the English language from the learner’s point of view. However, just as much as learners face difficulties in learning English, teachers also face their fair share. Especially when teaching English as a foreign or second language. South Africa is a country that uses English as a medium of instruction. This means that most, if not all, schools require English as one of your elected languages. As an African country this means that most of the English teachers are non-native speakers of the English language. This then raises questions such as have they acquired adequate knowledge of the language to teach it. In most cases they have. There are still various difficulties that teachers face though. Amongst the few is spelling and pronunciation. Certain English words are hard to spell even for native speakers. When teaching children a completely new language they start at a point where they don’t know how to read the words which also means they don’t know how to pronounce the words as well. Pronunciation is also very difficult as there are 26 letters with 44 sounds in English. Another difficulty would be the lack of interest in the language from the student. This could be due to various reasons, be it the difficulty of the language or that English is not a language they utilize on a daily basis or the level of competition in the class is too high. However, as much as there are various difficulties that teachers face, there are also various solutions which they could try out. In terms of spelling they could make sure that there is a weekly dictation which will ensure that they know where the learners are with the language and what is still yet to be done. In terms of interest, learners could be more encouraged if their minor successes are praised or acknowledged. This will show that they are improving.

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