Proceedings of The 5th International Conference on Research in Humanities and Social Sciences
English Language Teaching Skills: A Case Study of the Intricacies and Efficacies of Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Dr. Wafaa Fallatah, Dr. Mustabshira Siddiqui
In the past 1,500 years, English has evolved and changed a lot from its humble origins as a dialect spoken by Germanic settlers. Out of the 6,000 to 7,000 remaining languages in the world, English is the most dominant one. Not only it has a substantial number of native speakers, but also, in the words of Broghton et al. in their book Teaching English as a Foreign Language; they explore this idea to provide a broader perspective; “equally widely distributed body of second language speakers, who use English for their day-to-day needs, (which) totals over 250 million. Finally, if we add those areas where decisions affecting life and welfare are made and announced in English, we cover one-sixth of the world’s population” (1). The number of English learners is ever increasing and so is the demand for trained English instructors. The present paper will explore all these issues, their reasons, and possible solutions with a special focus on English Language teaching/learning to the non-native speakers.
keywords: Foreign language; Lingua Franca; Native speakers; Teaching/learning; Virtual Teaching.