A Strange Kind of Paradise is an exploration of India's past and present, from the perspective of a foreigner who has lived in India for many years. Sam Miller investigates how the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Chinese, Arabs, Africans, Europeans and Americans - everyone really, except for Indians themselves - came to imagine India. His account of the engagement between foreigners and India spans the centuries from Alexander the Great to Slumdog Millionaire. It features, among many others, Thomas the Apostle, the Chinese monk Xuanzang, Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta, Vasco da Gama, Babur, Clive of India, several Victorian pornographers, Mark Twain, E. M. Forster, Allen Ginsberg, the Beatles and Steve Jobs. Interspersed between these tales is the story of Sam Miller's own 25-year-long love affair with India. The result is a spellbinding, 2,500-year-long journey through Indian history, culture and society, in the company of an author who informs, educates and entertains in equal measure, as he travels in the footsteps of foreign chroniclers, exposes some of their fabulous fantasies and overturns long-held stereotypes about race, identity and migration. At once scholarly and thought-provoking, delightfully eccentric and laugh-out-loud funny, this book is destined to become a much-loved classic.1669 Руб.
Islam in Performance brings together six contemporary plays from Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan that highlight the political performance of Islam in South Asia, especially since the 1947 partition of the subcontinent. The plays invite comparison with one another, engaging with the issue from perspectives of the three countries concerned: Hindutva politics in India othering the Muslim population for electoral gains, radical Islamization of Pakistan paralyzing political governance and encouraging jihadi violence, and the ever-increasing Islamist threat to Bangladesh’s founding secular ethos. Finally, this anthology focuses on the suffering such exclusionary politics of religious nationalism has piled upon minorities across the region. Widely performed but largely unpublished, the plays with their geographic and stylistic range provide a good spectrum of some of the best writing in contemporary South Asian drama. The editor’s scholarly introduction offers a framework for studying the plays as both texts and performance pieces.7623 Руб.
Islam in Performance brings together six contemporary plays from Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan that highlight the political performance of Islam in South Asia, especially since the 1947 partition of the subcontinent. The plays invite comparison with one another, engaging with the issue from perspectives of the three countries concerned: Hindutva politics in India othering the Muslim population for electoral gains, radical Islamization of Pakistan paralyzing political governance and encouraging jihadi violence, and the ever-increasing Islamist threat to Bangladesh’s founding secular ethos. Finally, this anthology focuses on the suffering such exclusionary politics of religious nationalism has piled upon minorities across the region. Widely performed but largely unpublished, the plays with their geographic and stylistic range provide a good spectrum of some of the best writing in contemporary South Asian drama. The editor’s scholarly introduction offers a framework for studying the plays as both texts and performance pieces.2428 Руб.
This book presents a study exploring the nature of English-speaking anxiety in asking questions in class from the perspective of seven Chinese learners of English (ESL), with reference to their self-reflective accounts of emotional difficulties encountered in a UK university setting. Through the use of an in-depth semi-structured qualitative interview format, this study identified the effects, sources, and coping strategies pertaining to these learners' English-speaking anxiety in asking questions in class. The findings show this type of anxiety exerts compound effects on respondents with respect to their mind, body and actual speaking performance. The findings also demonstrate a series of factors contributing to this anxiety reported by respondents, such as teachers' feedback to students' questions and learner beliefs about English language learning. Furthermore, effective strategies for coping with this anxiety reported by respondents are also presented, such as preparation and self-encouragement. Based upon the comprehensive findings and thorough discussion, detailed and practical recommendations are finally indicated.5272 Руб.
This dissertation entitled as “Rise and Spread of English in British India" examined the history of rise and spread of English in British India from an Indian perspective. The re-reading will provide the current scenario of English as a subject of study in the independent India. Lots of changes it had witnessed from the day it had been dragged into India due to the acceptance of Macaulayan Minute on Education (1835). Macaulay had favoured English to be introduced in India just because the British needed the clerks for administration and mediators to carry out their orders in British India. Taking Macaulay’s Minutes on Education (1835) as a primary resource, this dissertation critically compares it with gradually emerged trends in the field of English studies in post-independent India. The re-reading from Macaulay to Viswanathan and Alan Durant will produce a link through which we can easily connect the changes occurred in the field of English in India from its very limited area ‘English Literature’ to the fresh and emerging area ‘English studies’ without any fix boundaries and limitations.4706 Руб.
This is the third pocket size edition of the Constitution of India in the diglot form. In this edition, the text of the Constitution of India has been brought up-to-date by incorporating therein all the amendments up to and including the Constitution (Ninety-Sixth Amendment) Act, 2011.59.9 Руб.
Revision with unchanged content. Teachers and researches of language have dedicated years of work to understanding the relationship between language and culture. This book is yet another contribution to this endevour. It represents an ethnographic account of how students of a large public American university in the Midwest learned Russian language and culture. The findings are presented in the light of the theoretical framework based on Bakhtinian understanding of dialogue and monologue in culture and Vygotskian understanding of practice, offering an interpretation of language learning as a unique individual practice, and culture as a multidimensional phenomenon co-constructed in a dialogue, but a dialogue often constrained by the monologic genres of human interaction. Its goals is to help teachers think of new ways of creatively weaving cultural knowledge into their unique pedagogies and to introduce an international research community to a new piece of data and theory driven evidence of how languge and culture are connected.4621 Руб.
The authors have proved that M. Porter's theory of Competitive Advantage of Nations serves as a theoretical basis for the formation of the world economy monopolarity, while the identification of national competitiveness with the competitiveness of economic entities, first of all, TNCs and MNCs will prevent independent and sustainable economic development of Russia, India and China. The authors provide criteria to determin national competitiveness in the new environment and in this respect analyze a number of national economies. The book is recommended for politicians and economists, engineers and technicians of Russia and foreign countries, also while national specialists training.957 Руб.
Several studies of errors in English writing of learners of English as a second language, in India and abroad are available. In India quite a few studies have been made of Indian English in general, and of the English of several regional Indian language speakers but not much work had been done on the English of Telugu speakers. The work examines the language features such as structure, lexis, style, and spelling and punctuation of bilingual postgraduate students whose first language is Telugu. The student errors have been analysed in terms of the sources such as language learning strategies, communication strategies, mother tongue interference and socio-cultural factors. In addition, this study also analyses the errors with reference to the influence of three specific socio- psychological variables like medium of instruction, urban or rural area, and exposure to English. This book should be of interest to all those interested in bilingual education, language variation, remedial teaching, effective syllabus design, preparation of new teaching materials and formulation of better evaluation strategies.7451 Руб.
Due to importance of productive skills and shift of focus in English education, there is a need for investigating learners’ classroom behavior to find out the ways that lead to better students and better teaching. In particular, significance of risk-taking in oral production has been documented in many studies. The present study addresses EFL students and tries to explain and analyze their attitudes toward risk-taking and silence in classroom.4706 Руб.
We suggest an original method of student cheating evaluation based on the comparison of students’ grades in exams in class, home assignments and experimental homework. The data for the study is collected from the survey of 2012–2013 sophomores of the International College of Economics and Finance at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. At the end of the course in Statistics in addition to standard assignments (homework and exams) students were given experimental homework with a ban on cooperation among them. The violation of this rule was qualified as cheating. The scale of cooperation is measured and then tested through the stochastic frontier technique; it reveals connection with the GPA level, students’ expectations of the cheaters’ share and students’ moral norms. We also find different behavioral patterns for high and low performing students as well as country specific context of student cheating behavior.152 Руб.
The book extends the concept of language in Lev Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory to the cognitive differences between second language acquisiton(SLA) and foreign language learning(FLL), and succeeds in filling the gap between FLL and SLA in constructing instructional interaction for FLL by the adoption of the Zone of Proximal Development and Scaffolding. It is not just intended to promote a particular approach to instructional interaction development in online FLL, but is an attempt to highlight the existence of the differences between FLL and SLA, and to underline the necessity to attend to them on a more than SLA theoretical basis.3952 Руб.
This book is written on the bases of research conducted to identify the patterns of turn taking and functions of code switching in foreign language English classroom group work interaction. It has assessed the roles of turn taking and functions of codes switching in empowering learner interaction during group discussion.The book will be an important asset for learners of English as a foreign language to be effective language users in time of conversation.It will also have a great value to help learners understand how conversational discourse may affect the language use.The author believes that this book will pave the way for readers to understand the practice of second/foreign language discourse in country's like Ethiopia.6404 Руб.
The study of foreign languages is important in a globalized world. The study of foreign languages in Albania depends on the political, economic and diplomatic context of the country. When Albania was a communist country, Russian was the most spoken language in the country because the Soviet Union was the dominant country in the Eastern European communist bloc. After the fall of communism, Russian lost its influence and was replaced by English. The linguistic policy of the Albanian Government is influenced by the European Linguistic policy, as a kind of supranational policy. But, the study of languages depends also on personal reasons like to study, work and live abroad, travel and many other subjective reasons. Anyway, the study of foreign languages is interesting because it connects us to other cultures and people.4706 Руб.
The book that Dr. Mohammed Guamguami has completed is impressive in both its scope and its aim. The teaching of English as a foreign language, or any foreign language for that matter, is an especially vexed endeavor. As Dr. Guamguami points out, the need for linking culture to foreign language teaching has been recognized since the 1990s, since language and culture are deeply intertwined, and therefore, teaching a foreign language in a cultural vacuum leaves students with an abstract system of signifiers without an adequate understanding of their signifieds. The difficulty, then, lies in understanding the dynamic of the relationship between language and culture and how to exploit it for teaching foreign language with improved effectiveness. Dr. Guamguami's book investigates this problem and, through extensive research and careful analysis, points to possible solutions. The key to solving this problem, Dr. Guamguami contends, is to recognize the discursive nature of language and culture and to view their interrelatedness in the dialogic sense.8007 Руб.