Localising the Alien: Newspaper English and the Indian Classroom

  • Asima Ranjan Parhi


This paper proposes a descriptive model which is in keeping with the needs of language teaching/learning at the level of higher education. It argues that tools and strategies at this level could be innovative and experimental rather than rigidly prescriptive. Communicative language teaching (CLT) claims that the role of the context is of primary importance. The English print and electronic media in India offer plenty of scope in this regard. The paper also works out how such use of language can be effectively utilised for classroom teaching since it caters to the familiar context. The paper illustrates this argument through constructions in everyday use, advertisements, use of English in Indian films and newspaper entries that are poetic and catchy and contain a deliberate method in them which could be brought in to teach English language in the Indian classroom. This has significant pedagogical implications for the teaching of English in India.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Asima Ranjan Parhi
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishUtkal UniversityBhubaneshwarIndia

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