ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Language Skills and Secondary Education in India

English is the primary “link language” in India. Given the importance of the language, various Indian boards of education, including the Central Board of Secondary Education, have adapted to global changes in language pedagogy by using task-based language teaching. However, not much attention is paid to making the process of assessment task-based. Moreover, little effort is put into assessing listening and speaking skills of students.

In the Indian context, English is an important “link language” used in almost all fields like academics, business, science, etc, during our times. It is a second language to most Indians, and even first language to a few. The importance of this language is clearly visible from the prominence given to its teaching and learning from early childhood to adult professional education in India. Accepting the crucial role English plays in the Indian context, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in its position paper on teaching of English says: “The level of introduction of English is now a matter of political response to people’s aspirations rather than an academic or feasibility issue …” (NCERT 2005: 38).

Task-based Language Teaching

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Updated On : 16th Apr, 2018
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