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ERIC Number: ED462870
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Oral English Skills in Classrooms in India: Teachers Reflect.
Ramanathan, Hema; Bruning, Merribeth
Eleven teachers of English in a large, private, English-medium school in India reflected on their beliefs, practices, and activities related to teaching English in India. In the survey, respondents freely acknowledged the premier position of English in academics and the world at large and unequivocally stated that their students should learn to communicate orally both among themselves and with other native speakers. However, oral and listening skills were not given much importance in the classroom. Teachers cited various barriers to implementing them: large class sizes inhibiting small group activities and increasing the noise level (leading to questions about discipline and classroom management); test-driven curricula; the low level of education of parents and their lack of mastery of English; and the predominance of the first language. Assessment and patterns of reporting student achievement did not accommodate learning oral skills. (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India