Abstract-1 (July 2022): Puneet Narang & Renu Sharma


International Refereed/ Peer Reviewed Journal of Education

Vol. 8 (2) July 2022, E-ISSN: 2395-7344, P-ISSN: 2320-9526

Title:  Impact of English-Medium Instruction on Construction of Knowledge at Secondary School Level in Punjab 

Puneet Narang,Research Scholar, Department of English, Desh Bhagat University, Mandi Gobindgarh, Punjab, India. E-mail: narang.puneet3@gmail.com

Renu Sharma,Associate Professor, Department of English, Desh Bhagat University, Mandi Gobindgarh, Punjab, India. E-mail: renusharma6784@gmail.com

Article DOI: 10.46704/pol.2022.v08i03.001

ABSTRACT:  The present study has aimed at investigating the impact of implementation of English as medium of instruction on the process of knowledge construction in different types of schools of Punjab. Qualitative data has been gathered through interview method from these schools by interviewing 150 teachers of different subject areas teaching in English medium in government as well as private schools across Punjab. The teachers have reported both positive and negative implications of adopting English as medium of instruction. The positive implications mainly include better prospects for students in their future higher education and professional pursuits and enhancement of proficiency in the use of English. Whereas the negative implications include rote memorization of subject content, difficulty in assimilation of content, teacher resorting to use of mother tongue in order to explain the content taught in English etc. In this context, most of the teachers have been of the view that our classrooms should be multilingual spaces for ensuring an effective process of creation and transmission of knowledge

Keywords: Medium of Instruction, Knowledge construction, Qualitative, Interview method.