Difficulties of Learning English Language at the Secondary Level: A Case Study of Thakurgaon District

Md. Amir Hossain


The aim of this paper is to examine the complexities of learning English Language among the SSC level learners of Lahiri High School under Thakurgaon District, a northern part of Bangladesh. Many students don’t receive Standard Education of English due to knowledgeable teachers, financial constraints, lack of multimedia project teaching and learning system, and lack of English Language Club.  It aims to look at motivating the young learners so that they can be able to develop the basic knowledge of four skills despite depriving of ultra-modern facilities. For this purpose, the current researcher collected date through questionnaire and interview process. 15 sets of questions were provided among 15 students to find out their fundamental knowledge of English language. In the field survey, 31 participants were selected for interview, including 15 male & female students, 6 teachers, and 10 guardians. Teachers and parents expressed their different views about English language learning complexities. Participants responded that students were weak in English Grammar, Vocabulary, and Speaking Skill. After realizing their English learning complexities, the researcher came to conclusion and recommendations. Thus this study would like to show a new dimension of English Language Learning for the Secondary Level students at Thakurgaon District in Bangladesh.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/jet.v5i2.13500


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