Using Texts An Ethnography of the English Classroom


in Schooling the National Imagination

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198062752
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080205 | DOI:
Using Texts An Ethnography of the English Classroom

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The world of textbooks cannot be understood without an examination of how they are used as a teaching and learning resource, the language base of students to whom they are taught, the pedagogic philosophy and expectations of teachers — in short, the worlds in which textbooks function. This chapter examines this world of schools and the teaching of English in three schools, looking at how teachers use the text and how lessons are structured around the textbook. The schools examined are non-elite institutions in which students have very limited access to English outside the classroom. The three schools are located in the urban Hindi-speaking belt of north India — in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi.

Keywords: English studies; English curriculum; textbooks; schools; pedagogy

Chapter.  7137 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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