Currents of Thought Influencing English Language Teaching: I-Linguistics
- Written by Pramod Pandey
In-service English School Teachers’ Education Programmes: Need for a Permanent Agency
- Written by S C Sood
The aim of this brief paper is to argue that for curriculum renewal projects for teaching English in schools there ought to be a specialized indigenous permanent agency with adequate resources so as to undertake research and development in curriculum design on a continuous basis to address the needs for reforms based on society’s requirements as these change with the passage of time. This argument is based on two observations: one, the nature of such projects; and two, the traits exhibited by the participants attending such programmes shortly after the training is over and also in the long run.
If we look at some prominent projects aiming at curriculum renewal in English in India, we find that these are cyclical in nature because the needs of society for English and English teaching keep changing with the passage of time and also because these projects follow a set pattern. They run through a certain life cycle: from initial enthusiasm and energy, particularly among those involved in the project, to a slowing down, weakening and eventual death and replacement with another one - much as a violent cyclone passes through with the passage of time.
Writing Skills- A Major Concern for the Budding Magnates
- Written by Dr Shalini Kalia
Quite contrary to the prevailing notion that the students of reputed professional colleges possess excellent communication skills, these students who flaunt their style with superficial American accent lack acceptable and grammatically correct writing skills. This over confident section, which remains unaware of its grey area, gets a shock of the life when it scores poor ranking in professional courses due to incompetent writing skills.