English Language Bricks for Communication

English Language Bricks for Communication

Author by Dr. Goodseed Ochulor

Journal/Publisher: Non

Volume/Edition: 2

Language: English

Pages: 1 - 181




The attention of most English textbooks appears to have shifted from emphasizing the need to learn the grammar of English language to addressing the use of the language in context. Learning a language that one has not mastered its grammar will leave the learner incapacitated because contexts give meaning to utterances that may be grammatically incorrect and when this happens, the learner is bound to get it wrong. The need to know the simple rudiments of grammar as a means for effective communication can never be over emphasized. But the challenges at getting it right seem to be on the increase by the day. This is evidenced by the quality of most English language graduates from some of our universities, to start with. On the other hand, other graduates from other disciplines seem not to bother about the correct or incorrect use of the English language. Most of them that take to teaching constitute a big havoc to the English language learner; even without knowing the enormity of what they are doing. In some cases, the child might be fortunate to learn the correct pronunciation and usage from a good English language teacher only to get five to ten of his other teachers pronounce or use the same language incorrectly.

      Furthermore, some television and radio programme presenters, preachers, film actors and actresses have their chunk to this challenge. It is not surprising that some of the “English Made Easy(s)” sold in the markets, bus stops or motor parks are not authored by those that read English language, and one cannot underestimate the level of damages done to the good English textbooks. What are we saying here? Grammar is a universal issue that applies to all languages. Whatever language or dialect we speak or write, we speak or write the grammar of that language or dialect. And since we cannot go about saying or writing things anyhow in our own languages, so should it be with English language. Having accepted it as our official language, there is the need to appropriate the simple rules that govern its use. Moreover, the English language is an international language used in different areas of communication and for one to be intelligible enough in the use of the language at international level, one must accustom oneself with the correct standard usage.

      This is one of the reasons for the birth of this book. The book, in addition to the emphasis on the need to develop the necessary communications skills, also made available the simple grammatical rules for writing and speaking. It is a book for every learner and user of English language; for improvement and a better understanding of the basic English grammar. The book is arranged in a way that gives the reader the urge to read more. The first chapter is concerned with issues in studying and learning. Chapters two to ten expound the area of grammar, i.e. noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, conjunction, determiners, direct and indirect speech, punctuation and miscellaneous English (es).


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