November Issue of Nelta Choutari
Post modernism and Nepalese ELE
Post modernism is in air. Whether it be philosophy or education, arts or architecture, trade or craft, dance or music, literature or linguistics, post modern wave must have either renovated it promptly and utterly or if not, it must have begun to break the typical crust of the field belatedly and tenderly. Typified by diversity against universality, regionalism against centralization, relativism against absolutism, decentralization against totalization, eclecticism against certainism, deconstructionism against classicism and conventionalism and many other subversive nouns, post modernism has dismantled the conformist prototype and has given considerable space for inclusion, recognition and promotion of local socio-political, linguistic, cultural and educational values. In fact, all disciplines including ELT have been revamped in both theory and practice by the post modern blow. Of late, ELT in the periphery has been advocated to be divorced from the mainstream for the reason that mainstream ELT practice has crushed the local realities and has not fetched the expected. Voices have been lifted from various corners to embody in ELT many novel but subversive trends that challenge global practices, promoting local ones. ELT in the periphery is advocated to be characterized by traits such as non-methodological practices, eclectic approach, recognition and use of regional and nativised models of English, collapse of native speakerism, bottom up thinking, recognizing ELT as ideological practice, valuing of peripheral socio-political values, acknowledging local knowledge, cultures and contexts and language not as limitations but as asset and something inevitable. These emerging trends seem to have begun to reshape periphery ELT elsewhere. What about ours? Are we doing post modern ELT or we are still away from the touch of it? Critically, the answer will be –partly yes and partly no. The present Nepalese English Language Education does seem to be triggered off by the current wave of change to a considerable degree. Recent revision of the B. Ed. and M. Ed. courses reflect a number of post modern characters. Nevertheless, a lot more is still waiting to be accomplished. Nepalese ELE needs to be resituated in accordance with Nepalese cultures and contexts. For instance, locally budding variety, Nenglish needs standardized via its optimum inclusion in the ELE curricula. Local but successful practices need to be theorized. Indigenous socio-political, cultural and educational values have to be made the guiding lens for Nepalese ELE. Instead of adhering to the global practices, importing the mainstream course materials, native flavor needs to be added to create a sense of belonging in Nepalese English language learners. To put it other way, culture specific and context sensitive approach is the cry of the day. This all orients us to make Nepalese ELE more responsive to cater to the challenges aforementioned i.e. we need to practice post modern ELE in the post modern epoch.
Sajan Kumar Karn
Editor, NELTA Choutari
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This issue contains:
- Nepalese ELE in New Era: An Interview with Professor Jai Raj Awasthi
- Great paradigm shift is knocking at the door: that is postmodernism by Professor G. R. Bhattarai
- From Methods to Principles in Language Teaching by Dr. B.M. Bhandari
- Creative Writing Conference Summary by Dr. V. S. Rai
- The Post Modern Language Teacher by Andrew Edward Finch