Approximately, there are currently 7,117 known languages spoken by people around the world. Unfortunately, this number declines every month. Locally, English is a second language in Rwanda and one of the three official languages in Rwanda, the others being Kinyarwanda, which is also a national language, Kiswahili and French.
Initially, the French language dominated Rwanda either in institutions or other learning centers and there was something little to do with learning English. Yet English remains a powerful language all over the world.
Undoubtedly, many factors push learners from all over the world to learn English. The point is that English is becoming a commercial language and is coupled with several advantages as many claims it is linked to education, power, linkage to recent jobs, and many other advantages.
But some learners don’t care whether English is a superpower language or not but a number of Rwandan learners consider that speaking English is cool.
In Rwanda, English remains an Instruction language in schools and it entails that when a teacher is fluent in English which is pedagogically used in the daily classroom can make his learners become fluent and proficient in it and vice-versa.
For example: if a teacher teaches mathematics in inarticulate English, learners probably are adapt to the same style of English.
Some Rwandan students are bilingual
Nonetheless, the majority of graduate Rwandan learners with the use of English, proves that some have very limited knowledge of English and do not use it in their daily communication, inability to communicate in English by some public servants and the case remains a challenge.
This situation proves that learners who are studying English in Rwanda are exposed to a very limited input and, therefore, their output may also be very limited.
Arguably, learning English like other official languages in schools in Rwanda is still encountering challenges mainly due to the very limited use of this language. But, Rwandans are willing to practice it.