Pakistani English Stories for Children: Linguistic and Technical Analysis

Authors

  • Muhammad Fareed
  • Sheba Sultan
  • Khadija Shereen NED University of Engineering and Technology

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22555/joeed.v8i1.42

Keywords:

English language learning in Pakistan, English language reading material in Pakistan, linguistic analysis, Pakistani English storybooks, reading for pleasure

Abstract

The quality of language produced is greatly influenced by the quality of language input. Reading is a major source of language and knowledge input. In Pakistan, two types of books written in the English language are available for the reader. The first type includes the books written and published in Pakistan and the second type is of the books written by foreign authors published in or outside Pakistan. The purpose of this study was to analyze 5 story-books written and published in Pakistan. The linguistic analysis and technical analysis of the books were carried out to explore the kind of material which is being produced locally and is readily available to Pakistani children. The focus of the study was on the English language and technical components of the story-books. Findings of the study reveal that the storybooks contain several language-related problems and technical deficiencies in story writing elements, hence it is concluded that proofreading for language and technical refinement for the storybooks can help improve the work quality. 

Author Biographies

Muhammad Fareed

Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities, NED University of Engineering & Technology

Sheba Sultan

Principal, Ziauddin School and College, Ziauddin Education Systems

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Published

2021-06-09

How to Cite

Dar, M. F., Sheba Sultan, & Khadija Shereen. (2021). Pakistani English Stories for Children: Linguistic and Technical Analysis. Journal of Education and Educational Development, 8(1). https://doi.org/10.22555/joeed.v8i1.42

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