Karnataka: primary schools English syllabus not communicative

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Fri Dec 15 13:11:54 UTC 2006


Thursday December 14 2006 10:18 IST

DAVANAGERE: The designed model of English Examination handbook for the
primary schools Gunamanthana is not according to the language
communicative approach, opined Government Higher Primary School English
teacher of Naraganahalli Prakash Kodaganur here on Wednesday. According to
Prakash, the Karnataka State School Question Quality Evaluation Assessment
Committee (KSQAO) set up to assess the evaluation of all subjects of V and
VII standard had given more scope for the oral approach in English
language for standard V. It also violated the fixed rule of 75 per cent
lessons for oral and 25 per cent for written approaches.

The English text book for standard V had two sections: Section A has 17
lessons, among them eight are kept for communicative approach or
introduction of English language which normally done from standard I
itself. Out of 17 lessons, eight lessons did not require oral or written
exams.  For remaining lessons written exam is needed. And five lessons of
Section B are included for oral and written exams. In Gunamanthana hand
book the question pattern concept is against the language policy of
syllabus, Prakash pointed out. In VII standard English subject all lessons
are used for written exam and the oral exam totally neglected.

Many questions of VII English are too complicated and confusing. These
lapses are also brought to the notice of Director of Karnataka Secondary
Education and Examination Board T M Kumar and the reply was awaited,
Prakash stated.



N.b.: Listing on the lgpolicy-list is merely intended as a service to its members
and implies neither approval, confirmation nor agreement by the owner or sponsor of
the list as to the veracity of a message's contents. Members who disagree with a
message are encouraged to post a rebuttal.


More information about the Lgpolicy-list mailing list