An Exploration of Patriarchal Underpinnings in Bollywood Film ‘The Dirty Picture’: A Linguistic and Semiotic Study

Asmat A. Sheikh, Uzma Sadiq, Nazia Suleman, Safia Siddiqui, Sabahat Parveen


The inclusion of literature in the educational curriculum is helpful for the students to learn English as a Second/ Foreign language. The exercises and activities that are based on the literary texts help the teachers in bringing about changes in conventional setup of ELT classes in Pakistan. This paper aims to help language teachers develop a thoughtful and principled approach to using literature in the language classroom. At the same time, this research aims to provide teachers with the tools for developing their own classroom materials and for using these materials in a way that is relevant to their learners’ needs. It highlights the effectiveness and importance of teaching English language through literature in an interesting and innovative manner. This paper explores to the text of ‘Good Bye Mr. Chips’, a famous novel by James Hilton (1934) which has been a permanent component of the Intermediate Syllabus in Punjab for almost last five decades.  For the analysis of data, insights are taken from the works of Dubin & Olshtain (1977), Collie & Slater (1987) and Robinette. B. W (1978). The future researchers can exploit similar literary texts following the same frameworks for language teaching purposes.


ELT, language skills, English literature, Pakistani ELT classroom, innovation

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