English Language Education in Nepal: Need or Hegemony?

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  • Govinda Prasad Khanal Tribhuvan University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/mj.v3i1.47947

Keywords:

English language teaching, hegemony, domination, endangerment

Abstract

English language teaching (ELT) has become much pervasive in Nepal in the recent decades since its entry in the mid nineteenth century. Recently, the trend of converting government aided community schools into English medium has become a common phenomenon throughout Nepal. This paper intends to explore the hegemonial nature of English language education in Nepal, which has pressurised several local languages including Nepali, the official language of Nepal. I have reviewed some documents to establish how expansion of English has pressurised the growth of indigenous languages including Nepali, with the possibility of the loss of indigenous properties including languages, cultures and values. It pictures out the possibility of hybridity in language and culture in the new generations of youths and children if undue priority to ELT continues in the academia.

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Author Biography

Govinda Prasad Khanal, Tribhuvan University

Assistant Professor of English at Siddhartha Multiple Campus, Kapilbastu

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Published

2022-09-02

How to Cite

Khanal, G. P. (2022). English Language Education in Nepal: Need or Hegemony?. Marsyangdi Journal, 3(1), 58–63. https://doi.org/10.3126/mj.v3i1.47947

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