Negotiating the Local and Global in Nepalese EAP: Inherent Ideological Tensions and Possible Pathways

  • Madhav Kafle
Keywords: EAP in Nepal, tensions, ideologies, multilingual setting, local/global

Abstract

This article explores ideological tensions and possible directions to solutions in Nepalese EAP pedagogy in the context of increasingly interdependent world. Seventeen EAP professionals responded to a qualitative online survey disseminated through the Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association listserv, personal emails and other social networking sites. Data was analyzed from the perspective of language ideologies. The main ideological tensions as indicated by the teachers are grouped under three interrelated headings: top-down imposition, buying into Standard English as a panacea for all problems, and disconnect between policy and practice. Based on these findings, the article argues that whereas the top-down imposition is connected with the ideology of development, buying into Standard English with ideologies of linguistic fixity and purism, and the disconnect between policy and practice with the ideology of nationalism and language ownership.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/nelta.v19i1-2.12082

Journal of NELTA, Vol 19 No. 1-2, December 2014: 77-87

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Author Biography

Madhav Kafle

Madhav Kafle is a doctoral candidate in Applied Linguistics at The Pennsylvania State University, USA. Before going to the USA for his graduate studies, he taught English at both rural and urban academic institutions in Nepal. His research interests include multilingual academic literacies, global spread of English, and critical pedagogy.

Published
2015-02-10
How to Cite
Kafle, M. (2015). Negotiating the Local and Global in Nepalese EAP: Inherent Ideological Tensions and Possible Pathways. Journal of NELTA, 19(1-2), 77-87. https://doi.org/10.3126/nelta.v19i1-2.12082
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