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New Delhi to host conference on English instruction in rural schools and medium of instruction
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is going to organise a national conference on "English Language Teaching Learning in Rural Areas and English as Medium of Instruction" from March 20 to 23 on its campus in New Delhi.

According to the concept note on the theme of the conference, English as a language in school education has attained new roles and dimensions over the last two decades for it is considered as a language in demand and language of upward mobility.

"Policy statements on education and the national curriculum frameworks developed and implemented so far in India advocate mother tongue based multilingualism for equipping the child for learning languages and content subjects... Language-in-education known as the three language formula is a strategy to promote mother tongue based multilingualism for a multilingual and multi cultural country.

The conference would explore, discuss and reflect on the issues and problems relating to the quality of English language teaching-learning in rural schools and demand for English language as a medium of instruction in terms of teacher inputs, materials and opportunities for learning English and conditions for English language learning in rural schools.

The stands of the conference are such as English as a language in school; quality of instruction; materials for English language teaching in rural schools; classroom processes; assessment of learning; the English language teacher; multilingualism and English language in schools; English as a second language pedagogy; case studies of schools, classrooms and learners; English language teaching-learning and learners with special needs; English language teaching learning in the context of disadvantaged and marginalized; and similar other topics.

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