Conditions for teaching English in schools are considered poor

THE CONDITIONS for teaching English in Slovakia, particularly at primary schools, are poor, according to a survey among English language teachers conducted by the British Council in Slovakia.

(Source: Sme)

The survey canvassed teachers’ views of the quality of teaching associated with conditions and their needs, the TASR newswire reported.

According to the poll, 95 percent of the respondents think that there is an absence of systematic additional education for teachers, while 96 percent complained that they lack proper training in making their students more active.

Furthermore, 82 percent of teachers think that they are not involved enough in the creation of new textbooks.

In addition, teachers would welcome the option to spend some time in an English-speaking country in order to boost their language skills, as only between 17-21 percent of the respondents consider themselves to be confident speakers of the language.

Regarding teaching aids used in class, 93 percent of the respondents said that they lack comprehensive teaching materials. Moreover, 88 percent think that it is vital to have access to digital technology in class.

At the same time, nearly two-thirds of the teachers admitted that they currently use no online resources. More than a half of them don't use any other offline digital content.

The survey was carried out in December 2014 on 428 English-language teachers. The respondents had an average of 13.39 years of teaching experience, TASR wrote.

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