“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.”
-Zora Neale Hurston
Welcome to NELTA ELT Forum, February 2018 Issue.
Probably English language teaching and research on different seeds of it has triggered ESL/EFL learners to work on very subtle aspects of it. May it be English as medium of instruction, may it be on teacher development, may it be on code-switching or mixing, such critically involved work has evoked all of the English language teaching Cosmo.
Learning to delve into depth through networking, Nepal English Language Teachers Association (NELTA) has been working collaboratively with ELT teachers, researchers and practioners. Every year it brings all the English language teachers from home and abroad at one place where they discuss on various heard and unheard, learned and unlearned issues. It has been called “Kumbha Mela” by some wellknown scholars. I prefer to call it ‘NELTA Carnival’ which is going to take place at Galaxi School on February 15-17 this year. We will cover some stories of upcoming conference in the March issue.
This February (2018) issue features the articles by Gyanendra Yadab, Raju Shrestha, Kamal Adhikari and Kumar Narayan Shrestha.
The article by Gyanendra Yadab, entitled Issues in EFL Teachers’ Development in Nepal’ attempts to familiarize readers with training situation in Nepal by sharing his experience of attending training and introduces them with the notion of teacher development. Further, It focuses on the issues relating to widely used teachers’ development strategies such as pre-service and in-service trainings, conferences and also some other strategies from socio-cultural and economic perspectives. This piece testifies, the need of redefining teacher development to make it more contextual and need- based. Similarly, Raju Shrestha in his article ‘Impacts of English only policy on learners’ creativity’ highlights on the inevitability of mother -tongue based education, quality of education with emphasis on learners’ creativity. He further asserts that in spite of enhancing learners’ creativity, critical and analytical thinking, English as a medium of instruction from very early schooling promotes rote learning. As a result, the learners become unable to solve critical problems analytically and creatively.. Similarly, Kamal P. Adhikari in his article ‘English in Nepal: Code-switching and code-mixing on live Nepali TV show’ explores the use of code -switching and code- mixing in Nepali live television show “Call Kantipur”. He discusses the types of code switching and code mixing used by program presenters. His study is guided from the bilingual theory and, it followed a qualitative descriptive method to analyze the data collected from three different episodes. His finding shows that the factors like bilingual manner, social prestige and habit of individual presenter in using language had a direct influence on the frequency of code- switching or code-mixing.
Likewise, the article by Kumar Narayan Shrestha entitled ‘Preview of Literature review: As a corner stone of a research’ presents the general introduction of the literature review. It presents clear tentative steps of the literature review: conceptual review, theoretical review and empirical review. Moreover, the article backs up the theme comprising purposes, contents and sources of literature review. This study also reiteratively concludes that literature review provides a link with the past correlating the existing body of knowledge, at the same time it points to the new direction for future.
Once again NELTA ELT Forum team invites all the ELT professionals, practioners from home and abroad to join NELTA Carnival ‘NELTA International Conference, 2018 on February 15-17 at Galaxy School, Kathmandu where we will be interacting with hundreds of presenters and ELT Veterans form home and abroad.
Please enjoy reading this issue and drop your comments if you have as regards any articles published so far.
For your ease, we have hyperlinked the articles below:
D.N. Joshi and Mirian Fuhr