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Is importing ELT pedagogies viable anymore? : The case of Sri Lanka

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posted on 2003-01-01, 00:00 authored by Indika LiyanageIndika Liyanage
Abstract: English Language Teaching (ELT) pedagogies in a country must adjust to the customs and habits of its people and its traditions. Importing of ELT pedagogies and their uniform application across the board may not be effective if learners prefer strategies contrary to the ones these pedagogies want them to adopt. The study described in this paper investigated language- learning strategies of 886 ESL students who belong to three distinct subcultures as demarcated by their L1, Religion and Ethnicity in Sri Lanka. The findings show differences in strategy use or rather the ways the three groups learn the target language indicating that these strategy choices are closely correlated to their Religion and Ethnicity. Based on the findings of this Sri Lankan study ELT pedagogy cannot be independent of its cultural context. It is therefore strongly suggested that ELT pedagogies should: (1) develop within the socio-cultural contexts of the learners; (2) orientate the learners to the culture of the native speakers of learners' socio-cultural context; (3) incorporate teaching material based on rhetoric indigenous to their culture.

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Event

School of Cognition, Language, and Special Education, Griffith University. Conference (1st : 2003 : Surfers Paradise, Qld.)

Volume

2

Series

School of Cognition, Language, and Special Education, Griffith University Conference

Pagination

163 - 174

Publisher

School of Cognition, Language, and Special Education, Griffith University

Location

Surfers Paradise, Qld.

Place of publication

Nathan, Qld.

Start date

2003-12-05

End date

2003-12-07

ISBN-10

0 909291 86 1

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2003, School of Cognition, Language, and Special Education, Griffith University

Editor/Contributor(s)

F Bartlett, F Bryer, D Roebuck

Title of proceedings

Reimagining practice: researching change : Proceedings of the 1st Annual International Conference on Cognition, Language, and Special Education Research

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