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Volume 1 Issue 5

October 2014

Challenges Encountered by Lateral Entry Engineering Students in English Language Learning
Mr. R. Uthaya Kumar, 
Department of English, 
Nachimuthu Polytechnic College, 
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Dr. K. Pramila, 
Department of English, 
PSG Institute of Technology and Applied Research, 
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
The Indian government’s policy to liberalise education has resulted in the opening of thousands of schools and colleges. Especially, there has been a great surge in the field of technical education and to fulfil the demand great number of engineering colleges have come up offering various branches of study. In addition to the regular students who join engineering colleges after the completion of Higher Secondary Course (10+2 Course), a good number of students with a diploma degree in engineering enter the engineering college, directly in the second year to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. Majority of these lateral entry engineering students are of rural background and they have had their school education in their mother tongue. Due to their poor exposure to English, they find it an arduous task to communicate in English in the engineering colleges, where the medium of instruction is only English. The present paper analyses the ways and means to confront their challenges.
Challenges; Lateral Entry Engineering Students; English Language Learning.
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