A Comparative Study of FM Method and the Traditional English Teaching System
We must remember that every language has three premises:-
i) Language – which is for the common people
ii) Grammar – which is for the specialists and
iii) Literature – which is for the talented ones.
Everybody shouldn’t be tried to be made specialist or talented.
|FM Method||Traditional System|
|1. FM Method is scientific, creative, easier, most modern and is based on methodology.||1. Traditional English Teaching System is unscientific, ineffective, difficult, back-dated, and is not systematic.|
|2. English is taught by the Formulas of FM Method where grammar is built-in or embedded. So learning grammar is not a compulsion.||2. English is taught through grammar. For learning the smallest sentence like ‘He goes' students have to learn 33 grammatical items – which is absurd and unrealistic.|
|3. Follows the divine norms of language learning. The divine norm is- a language is learnt before learning the grammar of it. Hence it is quite a natural and divine system.||3. Drastically violates the divine norms by teaching grammar before the language. Hence creativity is overpowered by memorizing the rules. So students' latent talent is crippled.|
|4. Translation of Bengali into English totally depends on the last word of it, and not on Tense. (It is the finding of Mr. Mukul's 30 years of research)||4. Translating Bengali into English through ‘Tense' is a wrong and an unscientific way. Such a compulsory English teaching upto graduation level leads to a total wastage of money, energy and time of the nation.|
|5. The last word of the Bengali Sentence (also called, in FM Method, the ‘destination' of it) guides a learner which Formula to use to translate it into (reach) English. So Learning English becomes as easy as anything.||5. There lies no such guideline in learning Tense, Grammar and Structure etc. So the ‘gift of divinity' – ‘the ability to learn a language' becomes as difficult as anything for our English learners.|
|6. Students feel it as easy and interesting as making a journey from Bengali to English and wandering in it, meaning they can easily use English in different situations. There is nothing like memorizing tense, grammar etc.||6. Students feel that they learn English through utmost difficulties by memorizing the rules of grammar – the way which must be unrealistic and impractical even for the native language learners.|
|7. Based on the spirit of the Language Movement. Hence FM Method is imbued with the patriotic feelings and develops a sense of independence among the learners.||7. Nothing of this sort is encouraged. Hence an attitude of dependency is developed.|