ERIC Number: ED195171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
English and the Indian Student.
Shaw, Willard D.
CIEFL Bulletin, v15 n1 p1-15 1979
Three hundred and forty-two students of English, engineering, and commerce in India were surveyed to obtain data on five major topics: (1) their English language background, (2) their present and planned future use of English, (3) their reasons for studying English, (4) the English skills they desired, and (5) their attitudes toward English. All groups, especially the English majors, had been encouraged by parents to study English. While all expressed a desire to have speaking as their best skill, they reported reading to be currently higher than other skills. English majors reported the highest current frequency of English use; the other two groups reported a higher increase in expected future use. The two most common reasons for studying English were for use in future work and out of compliance with the system. All expressed a desire to be able to speak with native English speakers. Integration, however, was low on the list of motivation. All said they would try to learn English if it were not taught in the schools. English majors felt the British standard of English should be the one learned, while the other students preferred the variety of English unique to India. Finally, all said the variety unique to India was the English spoken by educated people of India. (PJM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Central Inst. of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderbad (India).
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