English as a Lingua Franca in a Multilingual India

Keywords: cultural literacy, cultural politics of language in India, language policy, linguicism, multilingual India


In this opinion article, we highlight that the cultural policy of language in India has resulted in an impasse in regard to determining and deciding upon a national language policy. We then summarize how English use across India has been elevated to the status of a lingua franca (amidst the language policy impasse), making it an indispensable part of the system and the economy. In that context, this opinion article presents the various tenets of the language policy issue with recommendations for educators in India on how to utilize best practices from literacy, culture, and language education (LCLE) literature to improve and maintain the quality of education whilst operating within the confines of the language policy impasse.


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Author Biographies

Ishwarya N. Iyer, Indiana University

Indiana University Bloomington

Sridhar Ramachandran, Indiana University

Indiana University Southeast

How to Cite
IyerI. N., & RamachandranS. (2019). English as a Lingua Franca in a Multilingual India. Journal of Language and Education, 5(1), 103-109. https://doi.org/10.17323/2411-7390-2019-5-1-103-109