Date of Graduation
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
School of Education
Catholic Educational Leadership EdD
The educational system in India is inadequate to meet the modern needs of the Indian students (Lall & House, 2005). Primarily two kinds of education coexist: Vernacular medium and English medium. These styles have pushed many students to a disadvantageous position. The vernacular medium students, due to lack of English proficiency, are not able to do their university studies for the medium of instruction in Indian Universities is English only (Dravid, 2013). It is, therefore, an injustice done to the Indian vernacular medium students.
The last two centuries have seen technology rapidly advancing in all spheres of life (Jerald, 2009). These modern technologies are being used to instruct students effectively (Hicks, 2011; Ferrell & Ferrell, 2002; Singhal, 1997. Several studies (Compton & Compton, 2013; D’Angelo & Wooley, 2007; Frank, 2008) discovered that utilizing modern technology as an instructional tool was an effective way of teaching English to speakers of other languages to become proficient in English skills such as: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
As a response to the inadequate educational system of India and to be in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church and the Society of Jesus, Kolkata Jesuit Juniorate Program from the academic year 2012 -13, has been extensively using modern technology to teach English to the Jesuit seminarians. Therefore, the study was conducted among the seminarians enrolled in Kolkata Jesuit Juniroate Program from the academic year 2012-13 to 2016-17. The study collected data that included a researcher-constructed online survey aiming to gather data that would lead to a more comprehensive understanding of the research problem (Creswell, 2014). The survey was conducted among the graduates of Kolkata Jesuit Juniorate Program. The researcher sent out online surveys to the graduates of Kolkata Jesuit Juniorate Program.
The findings revealed that teaching English through technology has yielded positive outcomes. On the other hand, the data also revealed that no standard syllabus existed for all the groups from 2012 to 2017. Because of this, the responses were different from one group to the other. The overall conclusion of the study is that technology integrated instruction has been positive.
Savariappan, Maria Joseph, "Teaching English to Indian Vernacular Medium Students Through Technology: A Qualitative Study of Kolkata Jesuit Juniorate Program" (2017). Doctoral Dissertations. 407.