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The Six Reasons for Teaching English

Aug 18, 2007
What are the six reasons for teaching the English Language? To improve morality, to prepare good workers, to create an elite, to produce good citizens, to foster personal growth, and to offset inequity.

The first reason for teaching English is to improve morality. The connection to the term literacy is piety or devotion. If we create a truly moral learner, we have done our service to mankind. Moral learners create true champions of the best kind.

Second, English must prepare good workers. This is where functionality is the connection to literacy. Teaching English creates functional workers with potential to become leaders in society. Good workers are those who communicate positively with staff, the public, and superiors. They are trained to think positive and they don't do rumors and negative comments about their bosses around the water coolers. They have respect and they are looking for ways to be promoted on a monthly basis.

Thirdly, it must create an elite group of literate citizens. Many advanced placement high school courses tend to mirror college courses in methods and emphasis and frequently include lectures about literature. College-prep courses are an excellent example of creating literate citizens into future leaders. If you're a high schooler, and you have the opportunity to take a college prep course, I'd encourage you to take advantage of as many of those classes as you can.

Fourth, English must produce good citizens. Acquiring literacy skills needed for voting and becoming tax-paying wage earners is vital to all Americans. This is necessary for the vital existence of our corporate society. When we teach English so that you can vote and maintain excellent democracy, we have accomplished much indeed. When we teach students to write about the importance of voting, we have changed our country.

Fifth, it must foster personal growth. By keeping journals, and making connections to lives, the literary texts become more real to their readers Lastly. Excellent teachers at every level are wonderful at teaching their students a love for writing. Diaries and journals are one of the creative teachers' best and most endearing and lasting tools. Don't ever be tempted as a teacher to eliminate journaling as a tool to develop your students' writing skills.

Sixth, English must offset inequity leading students toward critical consciousness of power relationships. This is essential to their progress. This also helps them validate their own particular cultures. When I can write about my culture and what it means to me, I experience true success.

Literacy is the ability to read and write. What is so important about literacy is that it communicates the written word from one person to another in an intelligible manner. Without literacy, there is no progress in academics or any other field. Literacy is the key to the survival and the ultimate encouragement of every true learner.
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