ERIC Number: ED231205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
English Language Teaching Profile: Sri Lanka.
British Council, London (England). English Language and Literature Div.
This profile of the English language teaching situation in Sri Lanka examines the role of English in society and in the educational system. English is described as a necessary but not official language; within the educational system, a conflict is noted between official policy and the desires of the population. The English language curriculum is outlined from primary and secondary levels through the university, where it is taught as a degree subject in only two universities. Also noted is the position of English as a medium of instruction, as a service subject, and in technical institutes. The composition and qualifications of the teaching cadre are described and the pattern of teacher training is noted. Also discussed are (1) access to teaching materials, (2) English outside the educational system, (3) the extent of British support for the teaching of English, and (4) support from other quarters. A summary paragraph concludes that while the role of English in Sri Lanka is secure, it cannot easily be fitted into clear-cut categories; for the majority of learners it can be seen as a foreign language because there is little English in the environment, particularly in rural areas. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Council, London (England). English Language and Literature Div.
Identifiers: Sri Lanka