English for the Rural Learners - Challenges

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Dr. K. Harikishan


Under the influence of globalization, English has emerged as a global language. Though there is some chance of increase of employability through learning English in India or other than India, this increase of employability and opportunity to the speakers of English should not be there at the cost of local languages and native cultures. English should not pose much stress and strain on the part of learners especially the rural learners. This paper attempts to present the inadequacies of teaching English in India in general, and focuses the inadequacies of English teaching in local or native medium schools and increase of gap in learning English in English medium schools and local medium schools and its impact on local languages and cultures in particular and also offers possible solutions.

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