The practices of teaching English at the University of Al-Fateh, Libya
Learning a second language is considered today a necessity, especially if the medium of communication between one country and another no longer depends on one specific language, but rather on two or more. Foreign students who come to the United States experience the strong contrast between their study of English in their own countries and the realities of study and use of English in the United States. In such situations, it is not unusual to find that these students, who were trained largely by non-native speakers, speak English with a heavy accent. Furthermore, the grammatical errors are generally numerous, and the sentence construction is usually limited to one or two patterns. The English listening comprehension of most of those non-English speakers is weak due to their exposure only to their own culture and dealing mostly in their native language. Thorough language learning is a long, difficult, and tedious process, with no royal road. In order to be able to handle a foreign language with anything like the facility with which we handle our own, many weary hours must be spent in study, drill, repetition, and conversation.