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The Bangladeshi English Essay Book
An Analysis by Robin Upton,

January 22nd 2006

Public Domain under (cc) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0

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Contents
Purpose........................................................................................................... 1 Introduction to Essay Books .......................................................................... 1 Impact of Essay Books ................................................................................... 2 Inaccuracy ...................................................................................................... 4 Grandiloquence/bombast (long words) .......................................................... 5 Exaggeration .................................................................................................. 6 Repetition ....................................................................................................... 7 Oversimplification /Over-Generalisation....................................................... 8 Obscurity/Obsolescence ................................................................................ 9 Waffle........................................................................................................... 10 Pointlessness ................................................................................................ 12 Tackling ‘Essay Book Style’........................................................................ 14 Introductions ................................................................................................ 15 Reasoning..................................................................................................... 16 Conclusions .................................................................................................. 17 Overcoming Bad Essay Writing Habits ....................................................... 18 Epilogue: In Praise of Banglish Essays........................................................ 19 Bibliography................................................................................................. 21 Appendix: Some Essays ............................................................................... 22

Purpose
This paper is intended primarily for English teachers in Bangladesh who wish to improve their students’ essay writing. After introducing Bangladeshi essay books, it describes their main flaws, places them in context and suggests methods for helping students whose English has been affected.

Introduction to Essay Books
Books of model rochona (essays) have been a staple tool of English teaching in Bangladesh for decades. These essays are formulaic compositions of about 250 words on a fairly narrow range of stock topics. The majority of these are perennial favourites with wide applicability, such as My School, A Tea Stall, My Daily life, Blessings of Modern Science, The autobiography of a river1, The Necessity of The Value of Time. Bangladesh specific topics are also popular, such as Rural Development of Bangladesh, Arsenic Pollution, The International Mother Language Day, Care taker Government, The War Liberation of Bangladesh. Some variety is brought to the mix by a range of more modern topics: The world cup football – 98, Internet, Women’s Contribution to our Country, Dish-Anteena. These essays have a flavour all of their own, so if you are not yet familiar with Bangladeshi Essay books, try reading a few from the appendix of this paper.

Due to the high volume of errors in Bangladeshi Essays, this paper will not follow use ‘(sic.)’ to alert the reader to deliberately quoted mistakes, since their prevalence would prove disturbing to the reader. Efforts have been made to quote the Bangladesh essays faithfully, errors and all. Public Domain under (cc) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0

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