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Language is our primary source of communication and the most effective way to communicate is through speech. The goal of teaching any foreign language for that matter any language is to develop the learners’ oral proficiency. As such communicative competence becomes increasingly important in every teaching and learning process. Communicative competence is the ability to use the language accurately, correctly, appropriately, functionally, strategically, and competently. While imparting knowledge of the English language, teaching methods and objectives are mainly focused on reproducing the learned facts in written form. Focus on oral communication and development of English as a medium to share and express ideas is not really found. The survey done among the 132 secondary students of Namsai District, in Arunachal Pradesh, using Google Form, sheds light on the level of oral proficiency, their problems and challenges. Although learning of English begins early in school, the expected results are not met. The study found lack of, proficient teachers, proper language learning facilities, favourable family environment, sufficient vocabulary, opportunities and exposure in speaking and reading as major factors and challenges affecting oral proficieny. Awareness of the problems and issues and taking corrective measures can empower students and brighten their future.