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A lingo fix

Dawn Gibson
Friday, December 07, 2012

MATERIAL shortage at some schools need to be addressed because they are affecting language skills.

This was revealed at the University of the South Pacific's first regional conference for English language teachers earlier this week.

Organising committee member Roshila Singh said "there was an issue raised regarding the lack of proper usable material to teach in classrooms".

"If there is a lack of reading material it becomes difficult to generate learning. There are also many students who just don't read because of the social media surrounding them — Facebook, You Tube and Twitter for instance."

However, education permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal disagreed, saying the information presented was inaccurate.

"There are thousands of students who are benefiting from the books and material we have provided and surely the country is benefiting too," he said.

Visiting Australian professor Anne Burns, said there were some issues in the Pacific region.

"The teaching of speaking skills and basic oral communication is not done very explicitly," Prof Burns said

"There needs to be learning activities such as learning more vocabulary, being able to listen while speaking and such."

The conference featured regional representatives sharing different experiences and searching for solutions.