Modern Language Teachers...a Dying Species in Jamaica

EDUC487: Introduction to Educational Research   July 12, 2012

Essay #1

Modern Language Teachers...A dying species in Jamaica
The article reviewed was a very informative one and several points were noted, however, the three salient points extracted from it are outlined as follows:
  * It is not compulsory in Jamaica to leave school with a foreign language; therefore most students leave secondary school having studied a language up to grade nine.
  * Jamaica has resorted to Cuba to alleviate this problem by bringing teachers to our schools every year to teach Spanish.
  * Foreign Language seems to represent great difficulties to students in the Jamaican secondary school system.
My Reaction
The Bible verse taken from 2 Timothy 2:15 which states “Study to show thyself approved unto God...” It is evident that there is a problem along the line where it concerns modern language teachers. This scarcity these valuable people seemed to have resulted from the failure of students in our secondary schools to continue a foreign language (Spanish/French) up to the CSEC level. Many persons hold the belief that learning a foreign language is too time consuming and difficult. This is one of the factors that contribute to only a few people studying a foreign language and making a meaningful career out of it.
The fact that our country has to resort to Cuba each year to get Spanish teachers shows that there is a big gap in that field of the profession. In this technological age, it is evident that we are making one step forward and two steps back. This is to say that there is a need for students in the secondary schools to leave with a foreign language in the CSEC level. There should be forums put in place by the government to sensitize the nation about the benefits of having learnt or studying a foreign language. This would help in removing the stigma about Spanish/French being too hard. If the country allows this to happen, foreigners will take over our jobs...