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Shreesh Chaudhary (1950- ) : A Bio-Note
Shreesh Chaudhary is a distinguished professor at GLA University Mathura. After nearly 30 years of service, he retired as professor from IIT Madras in March 2015. Earlier, he was at Ranchi University. During 1996 - 2005, he was an examiner and examiner trainer at the British Council, Chennai.
He was the Principal Investigator of a Ford Foundation funded study of the Use of English in 1983-85. As Research Director of an opinion survey group in 1985-87, he directed eight surveys of public opinion. Most recently, he led a programme of training in English for air traffic controllers in India. He has frequently lectured on topics in English for specific purposes at medical and engineering colleges. Video-recordings of his courses in Spoken English and Modern Linguistics can be found at You Tube. Currently he is co-ordinating a TNPL/ IIT M funded project of teaching reading to school children in Bihar and Tamil Nadu. As Managing Trustee of the Paanchajanya Public Charitable Trust (Regd.), he is leading a Rs 40 lakh project of creating a health centre at Pindaruch, in Bihar
Shreesh began his working life in 1972 with The Times of India. For his report “Who wants to be a teacher?”, he received a journalism award in 1986. His articles have appeared in academic and popular journals and collections.
Shreesh has researched learning, use and structure of English in India. His most recent book on Accents of English in India is likely to appear soon. Important among his other books are Some Aspects of the Phonology of Indian English (Jayaswal : Ranchi, India), Better Spoken English (Vikas: New Delhi), Foreigners and Foreign Languages in India : A Sociolinguistic History (Cambridge University Press : New Delhi), English for the World (Macmillan & Co, New Delhi). A Hindi translation of Foreigners and Foreign Languages in India was published by the Rajkamal Prakashan of New Delhi this year. Currently he is researching use of language by multilingual children.
He has studied in Shimla, Salzburg, Lancaster, Hyderabad, Darbhanga, and, under a tree at Pindaruch near Indo-Nepal border, where he was born in 1950.
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