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From the infrastructure to the big picture: a critical reading of English language education policy and planning in Bangladesh


Nur, S and Short, M and Ashman, GI, From the infrastructure to the big picture: a critical reading of English language education policy and planning in Bangladesh, Routledge Handbook of English Language Education in Bangladesh, Routledge, S Sultana, MM Roshid, MZ Haider, MMN Kabir and MH Khan (ed), London, UK, pp. 17-32. ISBN 9780429356803 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4324/9780429356803-2


This chapter sets out to provide a descriptive, yet critical exploration of the complex nexus of history and policy of English language education (ELE) in Bangladesh. The intention is to combine ‘history’ and ‘policy’ in order to develop a wholesome understanding of ELE policy (ELEP) development process and its impacts in Bangladesh. In reviewing pertinent historical and education policy reports, the analysis identifies a series of influences, a clear indication of conflicts of ideologies deriving from macro-sociopolitics – the imposition of colonisation, the idealism of nationalism, and the emergence of globalisation in the process of developing ELEP in the country. The chapter then explores the outcomes of the tensions informing the current ELE landscape of Bangladesh. The chapter concludes by arguing for a reassessment of the present socio-political and economic context of Bangladesh so that a context-based, inclusive, and appropriate ELEP could be developed to reap and maximise the benefits of ELE in the longer term.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Bangladesh, English language education, secondary education, teacher education, teacher educators, professional development
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Nur, S (Ms Shakila Nur)
UTAS Author:Short, M (Dr Megan Short)
UTAS Author:Ashman, GI (Dr Greg Ashman)
ID Code:144319
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-05-12
Last Modified:2021-08-25

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