As I enter a new door to further my career in teaching, let me share some letters I received from my students at my former workplace/school.

Teaching is the other one of my two passions; writing, the other. It has always been a pleasure to do a job that you dearly love and if and when my career as an author soars higher, I will still find time to teach. I believe that it is the noblest of all professions so I am grateful that I took the road to it.

When English is punned as ‘only a language and not a measure of intelligence, I, as a teacher of English, feel offended and here is my reason why:

English is the language in all fields and areas of study; be it in Science, Art, History, Literature and many more. Therefore, tests and examinations to gauge the level of subject knowledge are done in English.

I could safely say then that English is a measure of intelligence. I must say though that it is not and should never be a measurement of wisdom. In my opinion, this is where it turns into a grey area as wisdom and intelligence are two different things.

Intelligence:

a noun:

  • The capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.

 

Taken from (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/intelligence?s=t) 22/08/17

 

Wisdom:

 

a noun:

  • The quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.

Also taken from the same reference

I may therefore conclude that English is a measure of intelligence because it is the tool used in gauging intelligence and comprehension. Your knowledge and skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing definitely are your bridge to academic success.

 

 

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