Moving together: some strategies for inclusion

Sahi, Jane and Viswanatha, Vanamala (2014) Moving together: some strategies for inclusion. Learning Curve (23). pp. 62-65.

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In this brief paper, we would like to share some strategies we evolved to make our classroom a more inclusive space in the way languages were used within the context of the two courses we taught in the MA Ed programme: Language, Mind and Society (LMS) and Teaching English Language in India (TELI). The students came from diverse linguistic backgrounds, with varied levels of proficiency in English, especially in formal, academic writing. Despite the fact that the students were doing these courses in their third and final semesters respectively, many students felt oppressed by the demands of writing in English and particularly the argumentative, discursive essay. In addition, several students felt left out as they could not share their experiences and insights due to their diffidence in using English; and this exclusion is surely a loss for all. We wish to argue that language, which can potentially bring the diverse worlds of our students into the class, can equally serve to privilege one exclusive ‘world’, one particular language and one style of using that language.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Sahi, Jane and Viswanatha, Vanamala
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
Full Text Status: Public
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