How to prepare high school students for college English
HOW are high school English courses preparing students for college? There are so many ways to practice English, and sometimes students find it hard to know where to start and this is where a solid foundation at school comes in. We cannot stress as much the importance of learning English in the classroom as it is outside day in and day out in a globalized world but if our English courses are anchored on the fundamentals of English and thrusts towards using interactive services that improves language skills such as reading, writing, l i stening, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary, high school students can easily ace college entrance exams and graduate with English skills that are at par with the rest of the world.
Teachers must teach students well with excellent writing skills. This can be measured by series of writing essay activities. Writing essays using appropriate language is an essential for academic study. Independent-level learners can practice writing essays by using linking words and phrases to create longer sentences and connect their ideas. On the other hand, proficient-level learners can practice using referencing words and discourse markers to structure their writing and develop their written fluency.
Teachers must teach students well with critical reading skills. This can be measured by not only how students read or how they can read and get satisfaction in what they are tasked to read or not tasked to read but can still read, but also on how they can reflect and understood what they are reading. Reading textbooks, articles and research publications is critical to any academic discourse and later to acquiring and executing their jobs. What independentlevel learners can do is practice reading quickly, the skim and scan approach for one, to find specific information in a text. On the other hand, proficient-level learners can practice reading carefully to understand abstract concepts and academic arguments written in English.
Teachers must teach students well with active listening skills. Hearing is the physical ability, while listening is a skill. Any skill is learned through practice and is improved when non-stop. Listening skill is measured through a simple instruction inside the classroom, if students are listening to the lectures and when they take part to the discussions. Independentlevel learners can practice listening for the main points and ideas in a presentation or discussion. On the other hand, proficientlevel learners can practice listening for subtly expressed attitudes based on the words and intonation used.
Teachers must teach students well the right pronunciation. This can be developed when students are always encouraged to the point required to all discussions in the classroom that aims at building their confidence. Research shows that three of the main reasons why Filipino students do not pronounce English words well are because of their dialect; accent and they feel not confident to try. Independent- l evel l earners can practice pronouncing different English sounds such as long and short “i” sounds. Ilonggos especially have one of the most difficulties in this kind of sounds because of their accent. Proficient- level learners can practice different word stresses and learn how this change the meaning of a word or a sentence can. ( Paid article)