CTET 2017: Theories of English Pedagogy

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Are the monsoon rainclouds in 2017 carrying the CTET with them? There’s a fresh buzz in the air that the CTET 2017 will finally be held in July this year. Watch out for the notification in June, when you are enjoying a few pre-monsoon showers!

The English language has been a binding factor in multilingual India. The opportunities for teachers proficient in teaching in English are plentiful. Mastery of English enables a teacher to teach not just anywhere in the country, but in many parts of the world.

If you are choosing English as either Language 1 or Language 2 in the CTET 2017, then congratulations on your choice!

A quick glance at the CTET

You must know that:

  • Paper 1 of CTET is for teachers testing for classes I-V.
  • Paper 2 is for teaching in classes VI-VIII.
  • Candidates for Paper 2 must also clear Paper 1.
  • Both, Paper 1 and Paper2 of the CTET/TET offer English as either Language 1 or Language 2.
  •  If English is your Language 1, then you are testing for it as the medium of instruction; expect suitably high standards in the questions.

English Syllabus

The syllabus for English in CTET 2017 is the same whether it is language 1 or 2. It is also the same whether you are attempting Paper1 or Paper2. It is the difficulty levels that will vary.

The English paper can be divided into a) Content b) Pedagogy


This section tests English comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar. 15 questions will carry 15 marks. These are essay type answers.

Pedagogy of Language

Pedagogy means the method and practice of teaching. The English Pedagogy section thus tests the methods and practices of teaching English. 15 questions will carry 15 marks here too.

The syllabus for English Pedagogy is as follows:

  • Learning and acquisition
  • Principles of Language Teaching
  • Role of listening and speaking; function of language and how children use it as a tool
  • Critical perspective on the role of grammar in learning a language for communicating ideas verbally and in written form
  • Challenges of teaching language in a diverse classroom; language difficulties, errors and disorders
  • Language Skills
  • Evaluating language comprehension and proficiency: speaking, listening, reading and writing
  •  Teaching- learning materials: Textbook, multi-media materials, multilingual resource of the classroom
  • Remedial Teaching

There is always a lot of reading to do when theories and principles are concerned. But your diploma or degree in education, like D.El.Ed. or B.Ed. will have given you a fair idea of the subject already.

The distribution of questions in English Pedagogy

Once again, this section deals with skills and practices of TEACHING ENGLISH, and this is the aspect that will be tested.

Teaching of:

  • English Grammar
  • Language Skills
  • The Principles of Language Teaching

Mostly, each of the above-mentioned sections carries 5 questions for 5 marks.

Some important topics for English Pedagogy

It is impossible to guess what is in the examiner’s mind. Past papers may sometimes be effective in pointing the way to what topic to concentrate on and what will pop up in the exam’s questions.

While we at TalentSprint always encourage thorough preparation, our experience helps us predict that candidates take extra care with the following for English Language paper:

  • Learning and acquisition
  • Activity aids
  • Teaching methods of the various facets of the English Language like Composition, prose & poetry, grammar, and improving vocabulary.
  • As society shifts to being all-inclusive, the CTET is bound to give importance to diagnostic testing and remedial teaching.

If it is true that CTET 2017 is to be held in July, treat this extra time as an opportunity to prepare well. In a test as important to a teacher’s career as the CTET, you have to train with the professionals to crack the exam. Don’t leave anything to chance or good luck.

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