Event Date/Time: Jan 23, 2012 End Date/Time: Jan 25, 2012
Registration Date: Jan 15, 2012
Early Registration Date: Oct 10, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: Oct 10, 2011
Paper Submission Date: Dec 10, 2011
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As is well-known, English is the primary language of education in India
today. The demands made on language teachers are steadily increasing, so is
the awareness among teachers for the need to improve their own knowledge
base, teaching and professional skills. In this context, it is essential to
understand the several dimensions of English language education thus
gaining a holistic picture and simultaneously becoming aware of the wide
range of issues that impact language education. This seminar aims to fulfil
this purpose.
English determines our access to domains of knowledge and is used as a
medium of communication. The importance of this language in modern
India cannot be overstated. Yet, the reception of English was not
straightforward. It was often brought in as policy decision and was
politically determined. Interpreting these language policies constitutes one
part of the discussion in this seminar.
English interacted with many Indian languages and it evolved in the Indian
context. This is the variety that is often taught in the classroom although
there may be prescribed native variety norms. Understanding what is (to be)
taught--the nature of Indian English and its teaching--is essential for a
teacher of English, both from the point of view of theory and classroom
encounters. This understanding enables meaningful interventions in
pedagogy by educators. This, along with the traditionally classified
methods, materials and testing and evaluation will constitute a major part of
this seminar.
On the whole, the purpose of this seminar is to look at the political, theoretical
and practical aspects of English in India, and the various dimensions of
English language education today.Given below are the themes the seminar will focus on.
 Policy documents on English in India –
o Implications and impact of:
• policies,
• acts,
• resolutions and
• media documents.
 Indian English—
o the emergence of Indian English – structure and sociology
o interface of Indian English with other Indian languages
o code-mixing, code- switching
o the politics of Indian English
o monolingualism, bilingualism and multilingualism
– the impact of the above on English teaching.
 English language education—
o innovations in language teaching
o materials development
o aspects of testing
o aspects of teacher training
o curriculum development
o ideology and English education.
The topics are indicative and papers relating to the overall theme are welcome.
Reports of classroom experiments are also invited.


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