There seems to be a wide disconnect in the way English should be taught and the way it is being taught in Colleges in the State of Arunachal Pradesh. This is evident from the performance of the students House Test (Internal exam) part of the university examination and the result in the annual examinations. The study of university examination results from 2010-2015 reveals candidates passing out with very low marks in English. The numbers of failures and Compartmental cases are found to be in English mostly. Although English is the official language and the medium of instruction in Arunachal Pradesh, the standard of English does not appear to be in tune with the extent of exposure to English education. This paper is an attempt to understand the apparent ‘disconnect’ in the intended transmission and expected reception of knowledge in English at undergraduate level and to evaluate factors, methodological or otherwise which may be responsible for low proficiency level of English.
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