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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on August 31, 2010 No Comment
“India exporting English to China”

That’s the title of an article posted in the Indian daily Hindustan Times‘ “World” section, screaming out to me during a routine search for what’s going on in the homeland. As tantalizing as the title is, one quickly learns that it is deceptively so:

Publishers in Beijing are lining up to check if books by […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 12, 2010 2 Comments
Accentism in Arizona

A recent piece in the Wall Street Journal caught my eye, summarized in these unsettling lines:

The Arizona Department of Education recently began telling school districts that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily accented or ungrammatical must be removed from classes for students still learning English.

It is […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 2, 2010 No Comment
English Next India: The Numbers Game

A recent article in the Times of India discusses the state of English education in India, a language which is one of the focal points in discourses around “development.” Progress, one hears often, depends on our English skills-the nation’s very future depends on how well we speak/read/write the language.  So much so, that […]

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Written By: Youki on March 14, 2009 No Comment
Where Education and Assimilation Collide

In-depth New York Times article on English language instruction for foreign-born students.  A few excerpts:

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Walking the halls of Cecil D. Hylton High School outside Washington, it is hard to detect any trace of the divisions that once seemed fixtures in American society.

Two girls, a Muslim in a headscarf and a strawberry […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 7, 2009 2 Comments
The English Speaking Curse

Soiled burlap sacks and old, foot worn carpets coat the dark cement floor. Tear-shaped mildew patches stain most of the wallspace, and the paint is peeling, crumbly to the touch. There is a hastily constructed altar housing a few Hindu idols on one end of the room, and a Bisleri mineral water bottle stands oddly […]

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