Indians better than British in English usage

Indians must be proud as academics say that the students from India who are studying in British universities possess high potential in using English language perfectly. While many British students usually come up with wrong usage of spelling, punctuation and grammar, Indian students are often showing high standards in the basic English grammar and other usages.

An Indian-origin university lecturer said that British students even in their second year of degree course, use atrocious English in their assignments. He said that he often found it challenging to figure out what students wanted to express in English. “International students, in contrast, had better English language skill,” he added.

According to the academics, most common mistakes are in spelling, student often use ‘their’ when they mean ‘there’, ‘who’s’ for ‘whose’, ‘truely’ for ‘truly’, ‘occured’ for ‘occurred’ and ‘speach’ for ‘speech’.
Ken Smith, a senior lecturer in criminology at Bucks New University, said that many students failed to apply basic rules, such as ‘i’ before ‘e’, except after ‘c’. The words ‘weird’, ‘seize’, ‘leisure’ and ‘neighbor’ are regularly misspelt by students. “Mistakes are now so common that academics should simply accept them as ‘variants,”‘ he told.

Bernard Lamb, a Reader in genetics at Imperial College London told that many British students appear to have been through school without mastering basic rules of grammar and punctuation, or having their errors corrected.

As students find it difficult to use English properly, some universities have extended the course by a year to give extra tuition to weaker students.

“All the data suggests that there are more and more students at university level whose spelling is not up to scratch. Universities are even finding they have masters-level students who cannot spell,” told Jack Bovill, Chairman of The Spelling Society.

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