Relative cultural contributions of religion and ethnicity to the language learning strategy choices of ESL students in Sri Lankan and Japanese high schools

Liyanage, Indika, Grimbeek, Peter and Bryer, Fiona 2010, Relative cultural contributions of religion and ethnicity to the language learning strategy choices of ESL students in Sri Lankan and Japanese high schools, Asian EFL Journal, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 165-180.

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Title Relative cultural contributions of religion and ethnicity to the language learning strategy choices of ESL students in Sri Lankan and Japanese high schools
Author(s) Liyanage, IndikaORCID iD for Liyanage, Indika orcid.org/0000-0001-6459-4977
Grimbeek, Peter
Bryer, Fiona
Journal name Asian EFL Journal
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Start page 165
End page 180
Total pages 16
Publisher English Language Education Publishing
Place of publication [Brisbane, Australia]
Publication date 2010-03
ISSN 1738-1460
Keyword(s) language learning strategies
culture
religion
ethnicity
Summary Ethnicity and religion have been shown to be significantly associated with the use of metacognitive, cognitive, and social-affective strategies by Sri Lankan high school students learning English as a second language (Liyanage, 2004). In order to further examine the role of ethnicity and religion in determining the Language Learning Strategies (LLS) of ESL students, survey responses from a sample of Japanese high school students visiting an Australian school was added to those from the Sri Lankan sample. The composite sample comprised four ethnic groups: Sinhalese, Tamil, Sri Lankan Muslim, and Japanese. Sinhalese and Japanese participants were Buddhists, and Tamil and Muslim participants were Hindus and Islamists respectively. The choices of learning strategies across these four groups appeared to be associated with religious rather than ethnic identity. The notion that language learning strategies are cultural in nature needs to be carefully reviewed to allow for specific preferences associated with learners ethnoreligious affiliations. Further study is needed to investigate the advantages of capitalising on instruction based on natural preferences compared to the culturally broadening educational advantages of exposing children to non-preferred strategies
Language eng
Field of Research 130207 Lote, Esl and Tesol Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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