Language education policy in Sri Lanka

Borala Liyanage, Indika Jananda 2019, Language education policy in Sri LankaThe Routledge international handbook of language education policy in Asia, Routledge, London, Eng., pp.399-413, doi: 10.4324/9781315666235.

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Title Language education policy in Sri Lanka
Author(s) Borala Liyanage, Indika JanandaORCID iD for Borala Liyanage, Indika Jananda
Title of book The Routledge international handbook of language education policy in Asia
Publication date 2019
Chapter number 28
Total chapters 32
Start page 399
End page 413
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication London, Eng.
Summary This chapter provides background to the policy situation for language education in Sri Lanka and offers some reflections on policy outcomes, past and present, and prospects for the future. Language education in Sri Lanka is accorded a distinctive role across many dimensions of national life. A close association between religion and language was an essential and inseparable aspect of group cultural identity and education, including language education, was centred on the religious institutions responsible for its provision. The established systems of language education provided by religious institutions suffered a severe disruption following the early 16th-century arrival of the Portuguese who gradually occupied the island’s western and northern coastal areas. Since independence, policy for language education, and language in education, had been characterised by continually shifting parameters dictated by political imperatives against a background of social and ethnic division. Languages education policy in Sri Lanka has been both source and instrument of social and political division for nearly 200 years.
ISBN 9781138955608
Language eng
DOI 10.4324/9781315666235
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 130207 Lote, Esl and Tesol Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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