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Volume 13:6 June 2013
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
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Emphasizing English Language Skills –
A Part of Providing Quality Education in Rural Areas

Dr. C. Muralidara Kannan


The days have gone by when every organization, be it social or individual, governmental or non-governmental, educational or industrial, focused its attention only on urban regions in rendering their quality service, extending their helping hand in creating an awareness and any other programmes and schemes of development. The present century has been witnessing a sea-change and all the organizations, irrespective of their status, support from internal and external sources and other factors, focus their attention on the uplift of rural areas. The much-sought after society building sector—Education—has also joined this main stream of its powerful flow on the quality education offered to rural stakeholders. Institutes of higher education, viz., colleges, universities and deemed universities, have a greater responsibility towards this goal. Hence, providing quality education to the rural students could be the best way for each institute of higher learning to contribute their best for the overall development of our nation.

There are so many ways to provide quality education to the rural students in a college. They could be curricular, co-curricular, extra-curricular, social awareness programmes; psychological well-being through personality development programmes; vocational and other special skills training sessions, etc. Of these, emphasizing the acquisition of English language skills is the most important one as it turns out to be the primary requirement for the better and suitable employability of the students.

The potential profile of any institution is rightly gauged by its track of placement record. Thus, in addition to their students’ subject knowledge, analytical bent, creative skills, competitive spirit, a major thrust has to be given to their English language skills. Better English skills can be equated to better placement.

Hence, this article makes an attempt to give a brief discussion on the importance of emphasizing English language skills to the rural students at the portals of higher education.


The writer considers the topic as a vital issue. He reflected on it in terms of certain fundamental interrogatives like, What is it that this article should look at?, Who is the target group?, By whom will it be attained?, In what manner, why and what could be the benefit? The answers to these questions have formed the discussions of this article and they have sprung from his long-standing experience as a teacher of English language and by virtue of his continuous reading of books and journals on English Language Teaching and Learning.

This is only the beginning part of the article. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE IN PRINTER-FRIENDLY VERSION.

Dr. C. Muralidara Kannan
M.A. (English), M.A. (Ling.), M.A. (Psy.), M.A. (Soc.),
M.Phil., Ph.D., (English) P.G.D.E.LT., D.G.T., R.B.P., (Hindi), Dip. in French
Assistant Professor
Post-graduate and Research Department of English
Government Arts College (Autonomous)

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