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

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