The Dynamics of Teaching English as a Foreign Language

From the research, it can be comprehended that today, English is widely spoken in countries like India, South Africa, the Scandinavian countries and South East Asia. Besides, English is now the official medium of communication in many fields like education, engineering and medical sciences in universities and corporations across the world. The primary purpose of the proposed study is to identify, understand and analyze the various factors that play a role in scenarios where English is taught as a foreign language. Gauntlett says that teaching English as a distinct course is a common feature especially in the emerging economies like India and China, whose young populations have realized the benefits and importance of having communicative skills in English. According to Gurrey, a language teaching process is influenced by several factors. For the proposed study, it is proposed to study the dynamics involved in learning by focusing a large proportion of the efforts on studying the students themselves. Such students studied will be categorized into two primary groups – students who have studied primarily in their regional language and those who have undergone their schooling and higher education in English. The focus of the study will thus be the first group as students learning English as a foreign language often belongs to this group. Likewise, the research will also focus on the environment as well as the family background that play crucial roles in sustaining the learning process. Gebhard has discussed elaborately learning a foreign language as a tedious and time-consuming process that requires dedication and commitment besides requiring a lot of patience to gather the skills and confidence to converse in English.