The most important function of a language is to communicate properly. Hence English language also plays a powerful tool in communication. In order to communicate successfully, one needs a language that is commonly understood by most of the people in the speech community.
Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing – these are the four macro skills of language learning. In the world of linguistics, all these four skills hold equal worth. A student may be said to have good communication and effective interpersonal skills only when these four capabilities seamlessly blend together.
But unfortunately in the Indian classroom setup, the emphasis is more on writing. Reading as a Language skill is highly important but it is also highly neglected. Students seldom focus on reading. If students can read and comprehend a text, half the work is done. Most students do not speak in the prescribed language of the school (for majority of the Indian scenario, it is English) because they are afraid. They are afraid of committing errors, afraid of being mocked at, afraid of retribution. But one must not forget that if the teacher does not speak, students will not get to learn. Similarly, if students do not listen and speak, they will miss out on learning.Listening, albeit, is a difficult language skill to master, especially foreign languages such as English or French. Our language lab provides ample opportunities to the students to hone their Language skills. Don’t consider it as just a medium for communication. It’s a passport to success in the future.