Exposure of English Language in English and Non-English Medium Schools/Colleges: A Comparative Study

  • Mr. Sanjay N. Shende M.A. B.Ed. NET Assistant Professor, Department of English, Shree Shivaji College, Rajura (M.S.) India


Numerous studies have been conducted in India and abroad on the impact of medium of
instruction (MI) on academic achievement as well as learning English as a second language. But
the researches reveal divided opinions on the issue. Apart from medium, there are other factors
that play significant role in the teaching-learning process of English language. This research
attempts to compare entire teaching-learning scenario in English Medium (EM) and Non-English
medium (NEM) secondary schools and junior colleges in India from grade 8 to grade 12. The
study is based on four variants—teaching process, medium of instruction (MOI), teachers’
attitude and exposure to English language in school/college campus. The present paper deals
with the findings vis-à-vis the fourth variant i.e. exposure to English language. To realize these
objectives, a normative survey study was conducted with randomly selected fifty-six teachers,
comprising 24 EM and 32 NEM school teachers. The instrument used for the study was a selfdesigned questionnaire face-validated by two experts having considerable experience in
empirical research. The findings of the study reveal that there is extensive use of English
language as a medium of instruction. In EM schools/colleges, it is widely used for intracommunication between fellow teachers, between students and their peers as well as during
communication with teachers. Whereas in NEM schools, the congenial atmosphere imperative to
language acquisition, is not much created owing to less exposure which subsequently impacts
learner’s mastery of English language. Hence, exposure to English and use of English in schools
becomes one of the deciding factors for different level of proficiency in EM and NEM schools
and colleges.

How to Cite
SHENDE, Mr. Sanjay N.. Exposure of English Language in English and Non-English Medium Schools/Colleges: A Comparative Study. IJELLH (International Journal of English Language, Literature in Humanities), [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, p. 14, feb. 2018. ISSN 2321-7065. Available at: <http://ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/3175>. Date accessed: 17 mar. 2018.