English Literature in English Medium Schools in Bangladesh: The Question of Post-colonial Pedagogy

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  • Golam Gaus Al-Quaderi, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Abdullah Al Mahmud, United International University, Bangladesh

Abstract

English literature has been part of the syllabus of English-medium schools from the early days of the British colonial encroachment in the South Asian region. In today's Bangladesh from the late seventies, the O/A level or equivalent “international†systems started spreading, instead of the “national curriculum in English-medium†of the Pakistani era. The proliferation of English-medium schools after 1990, concurrent with the wholesale adoption of free market policies, the return of democracy in 1990, and globalisation, has meant that an ever-increasing number of Bangladeshi children and young adults are studying English literature as a compulsory subject until standard eight, or as an optional subject after that. However, they are doing this in an inchoate way, some if not many of them imbibing the inherent culture, values and worldviews of these texts. The students remain comparatively unaware of other non-western literatures, including to some extent, Bengali literature, due to the primacy of English language, literature and culture in these institutions. Thus, there is a need for a postcolonial pedagogic system for English literature at these institutions in order to offset the effects of neo-colonialism. This study tries to analyse the present teaching and learning practices, argues for a post-colonial pedagogy and suggests ways of formulating a revised pedagogy for teaching English literature at these schools.

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Author Biographies

Golam Gaus Al-Quaderi, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Golam Gaus Al-Quaderi is an assistant professor of English at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Abdullah Al Mahmud, United International University, Bangladesh

Abdullah Al Mahmud is an assistant professor of English at the United International University, Bangladesh. Al Mahmud is at present pursuing his doctoral studies at the University of Brunei, Brunei Darus Salam.

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Published

2010-12-15

How to Cite

Al-Quaderi, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, G. G., & Al Mahmud, United International University, Bangladesh, A. (2010). English Literature in English Medium Schools in Bangladesh: The Question of Post-colonial Pedagogy. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 4(2), 121–154. Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/ajell/article/view/526

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