Interethnic understanding and the teaching of local languages in Sri Lanka

Liyanage,I and Canagarajah,AS 2014, Interethnic understanding and the teaching of local languages in Sri Lanka. In Zenotz,V, Cenoz,J and Gorter,D (ed), Minority languages and multilingual education : bridging the local and the global, Springer Science & Business Media, Dordrecht, Netherlands, pp.119-136, doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-7317-2_8.

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Title Interethnic understanding and the teaching of local languages in Sri Lanka
Author(s) Liyanage,IORCID iD for Liyanage,I orcid.org/0000-0001-6459-4977
Canagarajah,AS
Title of book Minority languages and multilingual education : bridging the local and the global
Editor(s) Zenotz,V
Cenoz,J
Gorter,D
Publication date 2014
Series Educational Linguistics, v.18
Chapter number 8
Total chapters 12
Start page 119
End page 136
Total pages 17
Publisher Springer Science & Business Media
Place of Publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Summary  In precolonial times, equal socioeducational recognition accorded to local languages played a key role in promoting inter-ethnic harmony, co-existence and 'connectedness' between linguistically and ethnically .diverse people of Sri Lanka. This history should motivate policy considerations in postcolonial situations in the country. This chapter has its focus on educational issues surrounding the promotion of local languages for interethnic harmony in Sri Lanka, where the promotion of Sinhala among minority Tamils, and Tamil among the majority Sinhalese has been the subject of many current political, policy and popular discourses. Proficiency in the local languages was encouraged actively through policies and practices during precolonial times. However, despite popular thinking that there is an acute need to promote Tamil, its manifestation as a classroom subject in school education curricula for the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils in post-war Sri Lanka has been lost in the public and policy discourses. Using archival records and opinions expressed in newspapers as data, this chapter explores these ambiguities in attitudes, policies and practices from precolonial times to the present day.
ISBN 9789400773172
ISSN 1572-0292
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-7317-2_8
Field of Research 130199 Education Systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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