Teaching Filipino is not so easy after all...
Filipino language is quite a complicated language. Why? Let us consider the different forms of idiomatic expressions, phrases and vocabularies that needs to be unlock.
As a Filipino teacher there are several hindrances in teaching Filipino language. As the saying goes “madali lang", yet many students find it so hard and difficult to converse and write in Filipino. When challenges to speak fluently in the mother tongue, many students fail to do so. Teachers often encounter poor vocabulary and grammatical errors.
Why does such a situation happen? Yet we are Filipino, but we cannot speak fluently in our mother tongue. It’s probably because many students neglect to study their own native language.
How can a teacher resolve such issues? Keep the lesson interesting to students, engage learners to different type of activities to explore their prior knowledge about Filipino language, allow them to use critical thinking and discovery method.
These are several ways to lessen the burden of studying the language.
--oo0oo-The author is Master Teacher I at Sindalan High School