Will CLT bail out the bogged down ELT in Bangladesh?

Hamid, M. Obaidul and Baldauf Jr., Richard B. (2008) Will CLT bail out the bogged down ELT in Bangladesh?. English Today, 24 3: 16-24. doi:10.1017/S0266078408000254

Author Hamid, M. Obaidul
Baldauf Jr., Richard B.
Title Will CLT bail out the bogged down ELT in Bangladesh?
Journal name English Today   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0266-0784
Publication date 2008-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0266078408000254
Volume 24
Issue 3
Start page 16
End page 24
Total pages 9
Editor K. Bolton
D. Graddol
R. Mesthrie
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
200303 English as a Second Language
970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
2003 Language Studies
Formatted abstract
Rural failure in English learning and the socioeconomics of ELT. Over 24 million children learn English as a second/foreign language in primary and secondary schools in Bangladesh. These children start learning the language as a required subject in Grade 1 and continue learning it (if they don't drop out) until Grade 12, and later at the tertiary level. Officially, they are taught English communicatively using Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) methodology, as it was envisaged that CLT would develop learners' ‘communicative competence’, and thereby strengthen the human resource development efforts of the Government of Bangladesh (NCTB, 2003). Nearly a decade has passed since CLT was first introduced in the national curriculum. It now seems appropriate to ask to what extent has it developed learners' competence and improved the declining standards of English in the country (Rahman, 1991).
Keyword Bangladesh
English Language
Language learning
Communicative Language Teaching
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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