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Understanding The Background Of ‘Malapropism’: A Ludicrous Misuse of Word

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‘Malapropism’is a compound word derived from three French words ‘ma! a propos’ which means something ‘out of place’. It is defined as ‘a ludicrous misuse of word, especially for one resembling it.’ This confusion between sets of words is characteristic of Mrs. Malaprop—an immortal creation of Sheridan, fit to occupy a prominent place in the portrait-gallery of comic characters in world-literature. Mrs.pro..J. monumental instance of Sheridan’s highly developed artificial ‘humour’ as illustrated in her instinct for ‘a nice derangement on epithets’. Yet she is not a mere stock-character as her very name implies but one instinct with life and vitality, which is a measure of the genius of Sheridan.

Providing feedback to an English Test in Classroom Situation

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Providing feedback to an English test in classroom situation is one of the most important purposes of English testing. From the feedback the learner can get a chance to modify and develop. S/he gets a chance of self-correction and thus to learn effectively.(not learning) In the context of teaching in general, feedback is information that is given to the learner about his or her performance of a learning task, usually with the objective of improving the performance.

Creative Writing Lesson: How to Write an "Autobiography of Road"? Model for Writing Class for EFL Students

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Writing a Topic Paragraph:
Early stage: Men write their autobiographies then why do I not? I am a road at Lake Town in Kolkata. I don’t know whether I should be proud of my present stage or feel sad for that. Let's know who am I? I'm a Road, path established over land for the passage of vehicles, people, and animals. Roads provide dependable pathways for moving people and goods from one place to another.

James Thurber’s "The Night the Ghost Got In": More Funny Than Scary

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James Thurber writes about their family’s encounter with a ghost in an extremely witty and humorous manner, which makes the description more funny than scary in "The Night the Ghost Got In". The incident also helps to highlight the eccentric and fictionalized account of life in the Thurber household. The story begins with a short introductory paragraph that prepares readers for the more colorful events that will unfold in the pages to come—his mother throwing a shoe through a window, his grandfather shooting a policeman—and then goes right into the events of that night. James taking a bath at one o’clock at night, his mother desiring to throw a second shoe through the neighbour’s window, his grandfather deliberately mistaking the policemen for Meade’s men—all illustrates the unusual characteristics of the Thurbers. Thurber himself acknowledges that their unpredictable behaviour puts a strain on the more sedate people around them. ‘Most everybody we knew or lived near had som…

Is Teaching English Through Group Teaching Any Good? Ways You Can Be Certain!!

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"I pay the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys that educate my son."Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
U.S. poet and essayist.



Teaching English through group teaching is the subject in which principals and parents are most vitally interested, for it is not only the groundwork of all the other studies but the foundation of study culture. This teaching method aims to give teachers of elementary and high school Teaching English through group teaching as well as mothers and all others interested in child training knowledge of the types of literature and the most representative classics.

Design of Christopher Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus": Most Rewarding type of Scholarship!!

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The idea of an individual selling his or her soul to the devil for knowledge is an old motif in Christian folklore, one that had become attached to the historical persona of Johannes Faustus, a disreputable astrologer who lived in Germany sometime in the early 1500s. The immediate source of Marlowe’s play seems to be the anonymous German work Historia von Dr. Johan Fausten of 1587, which was translated into English in 1592, and from which Marlowe lifted the bulk of the plot for his drama. Although there had been literary representations of Faust prior to Marlowe’s play. Marlowe’s Dotor Faustus is the first famous version of the story. Later versions include the long and famous poem Faust by the nineteenth- century Romantic writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, as well as operas by Charles Gounod and Arrigo Boito and a symphony by Hector Berlioz.

The protagonist Faustus is a brilliant sixteenth-century scholar from Wittenberg, Germany, grows dissatisfied with the limits of traditional form…

A TO Z Literary Principles from History of English Literature: Note 100

A Set of 26 Objective Questions & Answers UGC NET ENGLISH QUESTION BANK

Two foreign authors who influenced the English fiction in later 19 th century and early 20 th century: French novelists—Flaubert, Zola, Mupassant;Russian novelists—Dostoevsky, Turgency, Tolstoy. Three unpleasant plays of G.B Shaw: Windowers’ Houses(1892), Mrs Warren’s Profession(1894), The Philanderer(1893).

Principal Objectives of Teaching English as a Second Language in Elementary or Primary or Secondary Schools of Indian Subcontinent

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The place of English in the whole scheme of our subcontinental education has been a subject of much heated debate and the heat has not yet subsided. English is a foreign language and beinga foreign language is like our foreign plant, can grow with great difficulty on the native soil. Study of mother tongue is the labour of love. The language in which students are taught is one of the most significant issues for schools. Many academicians have become concerned about how best to educate students about the skills of English language and the culture. As children of all ages and from dozens of language backgrounds seek an education, most schools have adopted some variety of bilingual instructions. As days are passing and globalizing is hitting the nook and corner of Indian conditions, we are becoming ardent admirers of English. In fact, English education has admittedly done us great good.

What are the Effects of the World-Wide Spread of English?

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"I have no accord with the desire expressed...that by any mode whatever there should be an attempt made to oppress the one language or to render it inferior to the other; I believe that would be impossible...and it would be foolish and wicked if it were possible."
John A. Macdonald (1815 - 1891)
Scottish-born Canadian statesman.Referring to the use of both English and French in the federation of the Dominion of Canada, created in 1867.
Speech, Canadian House of Commons



There are many implications of the world-wide spread of English. In the first place, we can talk of many world varieties of English such as British English, American English, Canadian English, Australian English, Indian English, Nigerian English, Ghanaian English, and South African English to mention just a few. Thus, while English remains one language; it has developed many geographical varieties or dialects.
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