My group had done our presentation on how urban setting could affect English language. I feel so nervous during the presentation but I was so happy because I had prepared myself before the presentation and I had done my best for it. But I had promise myself that I going to improve myself from time to time.
There are four area that we had cover which are school, family, media and tuition that can affect English language urban area. I had present on how school at urban area could affect English language. Students need to change their negative attitude towards the learning of English to a positive one. Attitudinal variables can affect the learning of the second language. Local studies like Subramaniam’s(1976) shows students in urban areas have a positive attitude towards English, therefore they can acquire better proficiency of English than students in rural areas.
Urban students realize English language as a global language and they have been encouraged to speak English. We can see that some school had made a duty roster to supervise and regulate English speaking situations. Announcements in school assemblies are bilingual (Malay and English for a start). Students at school are encourage to plan their daily English activities. For example, they have English logbooks to write their thoughts and feelings. All students have to take turns to compose essays and poems in English. Notice boards have English compositions, proverbs and new vocabularies. Grammar quiz, Vocabulary Contest, Spelling bee, English mail, English sketch, singing and drama, educational trips and visits to English speaking factories, office and higher institutions are encouraged and other creative activities.
They take the initiative to lead and not wait for English teachers to suggest new plans to help them. They are empowered to organize, plan and implement activities. The school authorities guide them, not discourage them so that a positive and supportive approach will help change the current negative attitude towards the learning of English.
Besides, motivation from other subject teachers and administration is very important and they did not ignore their students. School administrators always using English books as rewards like the best staff, best disciplined students and the most diligent teacher so as to make students aware of the importance of English and hence motivate them to learn English. So, we can see that most urban students are proficient in English Language.