Currents of Thought Influencing English Language Teaching: I-Linguistics
- Written by Pramod Pandey
The Question of Medium of Instruction in a Multilingual Context
- Written by Madhulika Jha
The choice of language and the use to which language is put is central to the people’s definition of themselves in relation to their natural and social environment, indeed in relation to the entire universe.
“The choice of language” suggests one’s ‘robe of identity’. The language of ‘instruction’ is important because it is the route to achieve the overarching goal of education, the goal to create potential thinking citizens. It is thus a matter of alarming concern to the nation builders, the linguists and the teachers in the opening decade of this century. Their concern has headed towards a debate if English or the mother tongue of the nation be used as the means of instruction at the educational institutes.
Transacting the chasm between the stasis and change in an hour
- Written by Anjana Neira Dev
The hour available for discussion and literary transaction with the students is a precious one and the trope of that hour has both literal and metaphorical possibilities. While on the one hand, the hour is the fixed boundary within which the transaction is located and what happens in that timed configuration is up to the participants who are partners in the contract; on the other hand, the distance between the entry and exit moments of this interaction is what needs to be negotiated and herein lies the real challenge. The ideal intended outcome that most practitioners of pedagogy would agree on is that the students go away with more knowledge and/or information than they had when they began the interaction and that the process is an empowering one with immediate and long-term paybacks. In the literature classroom the transaction is always hyperlinked to a long tradition of theory and praxis and also the subjectivity of the participants. So while the teaching-learning process has the ability of the student to understand the text and later apply this knowledge in the examination as its short-term goal, the long-term objective of course is scaffolding, through the passing on of a tool of enquiry and analysis that is both valid and reliable insofar as the students can use it to transact a variety of texts, including those they read for leisure and pleasure.