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ERIC Number: EJ929664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1366
English Literature at English-Medium Schools of Bangladesh: The Question of Culture
Al-Quaderi, Golam Gaus; Al Mahmud, Abdullah
Pedagogy, Culture and Society, v18 n2 p211-226 2010
English-medium schools have been in existence in Bangladesh since the time of British colonial rule and English literature has been part of the curriculum almost from their inception. Considered to be the carrier of the values, culture and worldview of the colonisers in the colonial era, it is today connected with the neo-colonial world "dis"order and international late capitalism. In many of today's Bangladeshi English-medium schools, no other literature is given the same importance as English, not even Bengali. In this situation along with the problematic cultural atmosphere of these schools, we contend that the study of English literature is alienating a section of the students, who are becoming or may become unconscious hybrids. Based on secondary sources and years of experience in this field, the article also draws on empirical data derived from teachers of English literature. We believe that there is an urgent need for intervention on the part of the government, the intelligentsia, and most importantly the teachers of and experts in English literature. Our study is aimed at provoking debate and discussions about this topic as well as the whole issue of English-medium school education and its cultural implications in Bangladesh as well as other dependent nation-states of South Asia and beyond. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Bangladesh