‘Role of Intercultural Approach to English Language Teaching in the Indian Context: A Theoretical Exploration’ by Namita Singhal

Abstract

This article analyzes the linguistic scenario in India, which is multilingual and multicultural. Every linguistic community in the country has its unique history and identity. Acceptability of a language countrywide is a distant possibility, as is evident from the case of Hindi and the failure of the three language formula.  In this situation, English, a foreign language, having tremendous instrumental value is firmly set to serve the purpose of the link language of the country, a situation not agreeable to the nationalistic sentiments. It raises concerns of linguistic imperialism, too. The author of the paper builds up a case wherein an intercultural approach to English language teaching is shown to have potential to cater to the linguistic needs of the country, while preserving its diverse  indigenous languages.

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