Languaging Research

March 15, 2020 09:52 am

“English is . . . the language of higher education, mass media, information and communication technology, business, tourism, science and medicine,” says the introduction to the recently published English language curriculum for 11th and 12th grades. Built upon this combination of half truths, ignorance, and ideologies, there is another pervasive belief that English is also the language of scientific publication, if not all significant knowledge production in the world. This essay seeks to debunk the latter assumption, going on to discuss the social costs of passively accepting while actively contributing to the conditions behind the assumption, as scholars in developing countries like Nepal are doing increasingly.

Teaching through poetry

November 3, 2019 00:30 am

Use of poetry in English language teaching at educational institutions appears to be very uncommon practice in Nepal. There are several reasons behind this. First, there are people who don’t see much value of it. They see value in learning math, science, engineering, and information technology that are believed to have prestige and offer better-paid jobs. For them, learning and doing poetry is whimsical and it’s for impulsive people. Second, they think it’s hard to understand poetry. Third, they think poetry writing is difficult and it’s not everybody’s cup of tea. So, poetry is avoided as much as possible. Even if it is taught, it is done as compulsion because it is in the textbooks. As a result, students have missed the opportunities to be creative and go beyond what is seemingly impossible.

Teaching beyond textbooks

October 24, 2019 00:30 am

I was on my mission to do an action research. I entered a school with a great enthusiasm that I would find out what they needed. After talking to the principal of the school where adult students of varying ages were studying, a deal was struck. For a week I would teach in grade 7, 8, 9 and 10 and from the following week next, I would be teaching only in grade 10. It sounded fantastic to me. What a privilege! It had been a long time since I had taught in these grades.

LONDON, Oct 15: Anti-racism organisation Kick It Out has criticised European football’s governing body UEFA for failing to abandon Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria after England’s black players were subjected to monkey chants.

An independent music festival, ‘Seashells on the Mountains’ is all set to happen at Hotel Vajra, Dallu on October 25 and 26. The festival is collaboratively hosted by We All Should Play, Clean City and Sofar Sounds Kathmandu.

Conversation with digital darlings

August 24, 2019 02:00 am

Don’t go coy with these faceless digital darlings. Get mollycoddled by striking a lovely conversation with them now

Whose English?

June 2, 2019 02:00 am

People take pride in speaking English with native accent. When I speak English, I want the world to know I am a Nepali

POKHARA, March 18: A community school in Pokhara continues to attract students in a significant number in the past three years when the ‘declining’ quality of education in community schools is the concern of the state, stakeholders concerned as well as parents.

Much hyped, less owned

March 17, 2019 01:30 am

Before improving English of Nepali students, we need to improve English of Nepali English teachers

Think beyond English

February 14, 2019 03:29 am

In her email, the professor mentioned that she wanted the students to “commit to using English 100 percent of the time” and warned them to “mind” when they chose to speak Chinese in the building even outside the classrooms.

When teachers fail

January 27, 2019 00:30 am

There are many university teachers who can’t understand and speak English well but are ‘teaching’ in English medium

KHOTANG, Oct 4: A decade ago, there was no community school in Khotang that instructed students in English medium. Community schools lagged behind the private schools in other fronts as well.

PETALUMA, June 24: A 9-year-old English bulldog was named the winner of the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area.

ATLANTA, May 27: A retired secondary school English teacher has corrected a letter she received from US president Donald Trump and sent it back to the White House.

KHOTANG, April 17: While the new academic session has already begun across the country, textbooks in English language are yet to be supplied in schools of Khotang.

KATHMANDU, March 26: Neo Lingua International Career Center (NLICC), Nepal’s newest English language center, was launched in Kathmandu on Friday last week by Peter Budd, Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: A two-day international conference on English Language Teaching and Practical Linguistics organized by the Department of English, Tribhuvan University, concluded on Saturday in the capital.

UNITED STATES, Jan 27:  A University of Hawaii professor caused a ruckus in court on Wednesday when he refused to respond to a judge’s questions in English and requested a Hawaiian interpreter.

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: A ‘Languages in Education’ symposium held by British Council Nepal on Tuesday discussed the use of English as a medium of instructions (EMI) for learning in classes of Nepal, and how effective they are.

English dreams

October 11, 2017 01:30 am

For every child who may enter a profession where English is needed, there are a hundred others who perform poorly in math and science because of their poor English.

The 26th edition of world’s premier football league has already started. Whilst the clubs are still looking to find players and combinations to challenge for their targets here are so far the completed transfer lists of English Premier League as in on August 22.

English hurdles

August 9, 2017 01:00 am

Most public schools don’t have good English language teachers. Even the few who have received training are rather incompetent.

We are now less than one month into the start of the 26th edition of world’s premier football league. Whilst the clubs try to find right players and combinations to challenge for the top honors here are the completed transfer lists of English Premier League as in on July 19.

We are now less than one month into the start of the 26th edition of world’s premier football league. Whilst the clubs try to find right players and combinations to challenge for the top honors here are the completed transfer lists of English Premier League as in on July 16.

SOLUKHUMBU, July 6: Teaching and learning through English medium will start in all community schools of Dudhkausika rural municipality.

TASMANIA, 27 June 2017: Nepali language is now the second most commonly spoken language other than English in Tasmania. According to the freshly-published results of Population Census 2016, Nepali comes only next to Chinese in terms of foreign languages spoken in the island state.

Beyond English

June 11, 2017 00:25 am

Preference for English language in social sciences is indicative of its hegemonic status in Nepal

Link between English and economics

WEST BROMWICH, May 13: Chelsea is back at the summit of English football, completing a wild roller-coaster ride over the past three years.

KATHMANDU, April 21: Nepalaya has released the English edition of Madan Puraskar winning book “Khalangama Hamala”.

KATHMANDU, April 20: Nepa-laya, which has been presenting Nepali best sellers to English readers, released the English edition of Madan Puraskar winning book, 'Khalangama Hamala' on Thursday.

BIRATNAGAR, April 11: At a time when government schools are struggling for survival, some of them are setting examples in Biratnagar. For earning such a status these schools switched to English from Nepali as the medium of instruction in classrooms, among other things.

Anirudra Thapa is a professor at the Central Department of English, Tribhuvan University. He has been teaching for over 20 years. Prof. Thapa teaches a range of courses, including literary theory, courses in American, British, and post-colonial literatures, rhetoric and writing, and communications to MA and M. Phil. students.  He also supervises Ph.D. students. Dr. Thapa received his Ph.D. in American literature and culture in 2007 from Texas Christian University, US and also taught there as a senior lecturer between 2007 and 2009.   In conversation with Republica, he talks about his motivation to teach everyday and the importance of English studies and its contribution to society.

Anirudra Thapa is a professor at the Central Department of English, Tribhuvan University. He has been teaching for over 20 years. Prof. Thapa teaches a range of courses, including literary theory, courses in American, British, and post-colonial literatures, rhetoric and writing, and communications to MA and M. Phil. students.  He also supervises Ph.D. students. Dr. Thapa received his Ph.D. in American literature and culture in 2007 from Texas Christian University, US and also taught there as a senior lecturer between 2007 and 2009.   In conversation with Republica, he talks about his motivation to teach everyday and the importance of English studies and its contribution to society.

The ‘English’ debate

February 1, 2017 00:35 am

Three million children in Nepal are now studying in private schools that market their English medium instruction

POKHARA, Dec 30: With the English New Year 2017 only a few days away, Pokhara, one of the popular tourist hotspots in the country, is bustling with tourists, both domestic and foreigners alike.

LONDON, Dec 19:  Eddie Howe's reputation as one of English soccer's brightest coaches was already soaring when the Bournemouth manager's credentials were further championed in an unusual public arena.

Myths about English

November 16, 2016 00:35 am

If language learning is a greater objective than learning math and science, we wouldn’t need schools and colleges. Language institutes would suffice

Our English obsession

November 12, 2016 00:35 am

It is sad that long after colonial masters have departed we still  classify people solely by their levels of English proficiency

MANCHESTER, Nov 2: There's a new craze sweeping through the Premier League — and it spells bad news for the traditional center forward.

MANCHESTER, (England), Oct 27: Jose Mourinho got his own back on great managerial rival Pep Guardiola as Manchester United beat a weakened Manchester City 1-0 in the fourth round of the English League Cup on Wednesday, with Juan Mata scoring the second-half winner.

Should English be the official language of the world?

KATHMANDU, Aug 29: Government schools in the Kathmandu Valley have started adopting English as the language of instruction to enhance their appeal among students and guardians.

On February 1, 2015, a post appeared on Facebook. The post was by a Newar student who had lost his mother tongue after he joined his English Medium School. About 15 years later the student gives some suggestions to his school on how to promote ethnic languages. He admits that if his school had only allocated time and place he would not have lost it. He would have assembled a group of students and teachers and conversed in his mother tongue at least for 30 minutes or he would have even conducted some cultural programs. By doing so, he would not have lost it as he had.

PARIS,June 13:England manager Roy Hodgson and captain Wayne Rooney have appealed directly to fans to end the violence after UEFA warned the both English FA and Russian FA that a repeat of violence could result expulsion from EURO 2016. Three Lions boss Hodgson and captain Rooney have issued a message about fan behavior in a video posted on England's official Twitter account.