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Language and the Postcolonial Predicament

SHALINI ADVANI

in Schooling the National Imagination

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198062752
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080205 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198062752.003.0003
Language and the Postcolonial Predicament

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This chapter discusses how the dichotomy on the status of English and of its place in the project of education has led to enormous confusion in the teaching and functioning of the language within the curriculum. On the one hand, it is patently there, a compulsory language for every school child who remains in school till class VIII. On the other hand, the design of the syllabus and of textbooks, the expectation of the examinations, and the training of teachers are so distanced from practical reality that English has not been effectively learned by those students who do not already have a basis in the language at home.

Keywords: English language; postcolonial India; colonial state; Indian English; language policy

Chapter.  11757 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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