What is it about?
This study investigates the current teaching trends and practices in teaching oral English in rural Sinhala medium schools in Sri Lanka and their relevance to the current theoretical, empirical, and pedagogical perspectives of second language acquisition (SLA).
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Why is it important?
Because the findings of the study indicate that the instructional method used by English teachers do not provide the learners with adequate input of the target language to improve their oral communication skills in rural school context. As a result, a clear majority of students from rural schools in Sri Lanka demonstrates a limited or a low proficiency level in oral communication in English. Therefore, possible reasons for the lack of greater awareness towards more communicative teaching are discussed and suggestions for promoting changes in teaching EFL in rural school contexts are offered.
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This page is a summary of: Oral Competency of ESL/EFL Learners in Sri Lankan Rural School Context, SAGE Open, April 2016, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/2158244016654202.
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