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

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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 Liyanage, Indika Jananda; Grimbeek, Peter Moodie; Bryer, Fiona Kayleen
Journal Name Asian EFL Journal
Editor Dr Roger Nunn
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Korea
Publisher Asian EFL Journal Press
Abstract 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 nonpreferred strategies.
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Published Yes
Alternative URI http://www.asian-efl-journal.com/March_2010_il.php
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Volume 12
Issue Number 1
Page from 165
Page to 180
ISSN 1738-1460
Date Accessioned 2010-06-08
Date Available 2011-10-24T07:25:26Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education; English as a Second Language
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/32233
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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