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...and so, where is the approach and how is it going to affect students? One of our main problems is not only undereducation but a deficient common sense approach to our problems and this often leads to senseless resolutions. A greater majority of our English teachers can't even speak standard English, not to mention those who teach other subjects in the English language...of course they speak what they learnt.The oral English situation in our country is so deplorable, pronunciation is so bad; intonation and stress are never used and the music of the language comes from this very important area. I will suggest the focus should be on English phonetics. All teachers should go back to class for a refresher course on English phonetics and a practical ability in English phonetics should henceforth be one of the prime criteria for anyone hoping to be one of our classroom teachers.


Ted I agree 100% with you, seeing that in this global village, English is of prime importance. This will help our students in the future as they plan to study abroad, or possibly be ready for call centre jobs, teaching engagements overseas (Japan,Korea, China) soon China will be speaking better English than traditional anglophone Cameroonians because of the horrible conditions of the country and the lowering of standards. Maybe we should hire at least one English linguist from Britain or US per school.


Anyone who's got the slightest idea of the place of English as an international language should know that there's no such thing as 'Standard English' anymore. The old colonial mentality of 'perfect' English seems to be haunting a few old school friends and giving everyone reason to say anything about teachers. Why should Cameroonians pronounce like the British or Americans? And who said the measure of English is still phonology? I think we're making an unfair and uninformed judgement of the standards in Cameroon and basing our reactions on a eurocentric view that deprives us of our identity. Not to say all is right anyway.

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