ERIC Number: EJ1070214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
A Study on the English Language Teaching and Learning Problems with Reference to the Tribal Learners of Attapady
Varghese, Ashitha; Nagaraj, P.
Journal on English Language Teaching, v2 n4 p34-38 Oct-Dec 2012
The low literacy rate of Scheduled Tribes is a serious threat to Indian education. It is significant even to Kerala, the state with highest literacy rate. The intensity of the problem is reflected by the SSLC (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) examination results of March 2010 where the Palakkad district has scored the less pass percentage of 83.04. The increase in the number of failures and drop outs in the schools of Attapady is pointed out as major cause of the fall by educators and proponents of the State. A Pilot study is carried out in Attapady, the most educationally backward tribal pocket of Palakkad District. The lack of proficiency in English language is identified as a major obstacle to the education of Schedule Tribe learners. The inappropriate syllabus and teaching method of English develops a negative attitude in learners towards learning. The fear of learning a foreign language is one of the factors to stop their education because English language is a criteria rather than an option at higher level. It is clear that tribal learners are not motivated well. They have adjustment problems with school curriculum and teaching of English language. Though the Government can provide grants and scholarships for the betterment of learners, the responsibility of their educational development are ultimately in the hands of teachers. The paper is based upon the pilot study conducted to understand the educational backwardness of tribal learners with special reference to English language. It describes the language learning problems of tribal learners and analyzes the causes of backwardness.
Descriptors: Indians, Tribes, Course Descriptions, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Exit Examinations, Pilot Projects, School Districts, Teaching Methods, Negative Attitudes, Student Motivation, Student Adjustment, Educational Development, Teacher Role, Disadvantaged, Learning Problems, Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries, Interviews, Qualitative Research
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Education Level: Secondary Education
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