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Schooling the National ImaginationEducation, English, and the Indian Modern$
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Shalini Advani

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198062752

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198062752.001.0001

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Using Texts An Ethnography of the English Classroom

Using Texts An Ethnography of the English Classroom

(p.149) 8 Using Texts An Ethnography of the English Classroom
Schooling the National Imagination


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The world of textbooks cannot be understood without an examination of how they are used as a teaching and learning resource, the language base of students to whom they are taught, the pedagogic philosophy and expectations of teachers — in short, the worlds in which textbooks function. This chapter examines this world of schools and the teaching of English in three schools, looking at how teachers use the text and how lessons are structured around the textbook. The schools examined are non-elite institutions in which students have very limited access to English outside the classroom. The three schools are located in the urban Hindi-speaking belt of north India — in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi.

Keywords:   English studies, English curriculum, textbooks, schools, pedagogy

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