Dear valued readers and contributors,
It gives us immense pleasure to share you that ELT Choutari is fifteen from this January. This relentless journey wouldn’t have been possible without your love, support and contribution. We are thankful to our readers, contributors, friends and critiques for everything they have rendered so far.
What a moment today! We are releasing our fifteenth anniversary issue and the first quarterly issue (January –March) of 2023. This generic issue incorporates articles on teacher identity, multilingualism, medium of instruction, and translanguaging from researchers, educators, and practitioners.
Saroj Bogati, in his article, explores the issue of teacher identity. He has conceptualized identity, including the discussion of self and identity. The article also highlights the need for critical reflection in shaping teacher identity, connecting it to popular narratives and identity discourses.
Similarly, Mandira Basnet discusses translanguaging practices in classroom. Drawing on her own experiences, she discusses challenges of a multilingual classroom. She also argues that translanguaging is one of the appropriate pedagogical practices to strengthen students learning in multilingual classes.
Moreover, Raju Yonjan makes a case on English language teachers’ challenges in multilingual classrooms. Drawing on the narrative inquiry approach, he highlights the necessity to use multiple languages to ensure their access to learning. He argues that translanguaging helps ease students’ learning by promoting interaction and collaboration.
Additionally, Laxmi Shrestha discusses the practicality of English Medium Instruction (EMI) in community schools in Nepal. She examines teachers, parents, and students’ ideological positions on EMI and classroom practices. She questions the effectiveness of the policy for quality learning and suggests the need to review the policy and practices.
Here are the list of articles for you to navigate in this issue:
- Constructing teacher identity by Saroj Bogati
- Translanguaging practices in classroom: My experiences by Mandira Basnet
- Challenges of teaching English to basic level students in multilingual classrooms: A narrative inquiry by Raju Yonjan
- English as medium of instruction (EMI) in Nepal’s public schools: Perceptions and practical considerations by Laxmi Shrestha
Finally, I would like to thank our co-editor, Jnanu Raj Paudel for extending invaluable support throughout the process. We jointly are thankful to all our editors and reviewers, Nanibabu Ghimire, Ganesh Kumar Bastola, Mohan Singh Saud, Ashok Raj Khati, Jeevan Karki, Rajendra Joshi, Karuna Nepal, and Ekraj Koirala for their relentless effort and contribution.
ELT Choutari is a platform for researchers, scholars, educators, and practitioners to share their perspectives, practices, and stories from classrooms and communities. If you enjoy reading the articles, please feel free to share in and around your circle.
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Sagar Poudel, Lead Editor of the Issue
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