The Effect of Translating English into First Language in EFL Classroom: The Case of Two Secondary Schools
The main objective of this study was to investigate the effects of translating English into the students’ first language on students’ learning of English at the two selected secondary schools. For selecting participants of this study, simple random sampling technique was employed. Accordingly, one hundred eleven students and three English language teachers’ were selected from the two schools as participant of the study. Five data gathering instruments namely, observation, questionnaire, focus group discussion, interview and audio-taped lessons were used to collect the data. To analyze the responses given through each tool, descriptive survey method using frequency and percentages was employed. Results of the data show that both teachers and students have positive attitudes toward the use of translation except a few who reject it. Even if audio-taped lessons indicated some mismatch of translated sentences and the original English language versions, the majority of sample students further agreed that translation and L1 use helps them to make difficult concepts easy; to feel comfort; to feel at ease, and develop target language vocabularies. Based on the findings, it is also essential to design an English course considering the relative importance of translating English into the students’ first language.
Political, social and economic issues of the rehabilitated ex-combatants in the Sri Lankan Northern Province
Politically, socially and economically, Tamils in multi-ethnic Sri Lanka struggled to win their self-determination due to external bias based upon an international perception of their organization. Initially, these struggles along the lines of non-violence were later transformed into armed conflicts; Those involved in armed conflicts have identified themselves as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). In the early days, the afflicted Tamil people joined the protest in the name of their own choice. The escalating conflict between them and the Sri Lankan army in 1983 ended with the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009. After the end of the 30-year war, the Sri Lankan government has taken a keen interest in the transition to conflict and has taken various steps in this regard. Most notably, the LTTE was rehabilitated and reintegrated into society from the rehabilitation camps by the Sri Lankan military. Some international studies have indi-cated that the rehabilitated ex-combatants are now facing various difficulties. Difficulties ranging from em-ployment to daily sustenance and adjusting to the mainstream population of Sri Lanka. Most of the ex-combatants feel they do not belong or fit into mainstream Sri Lanka. Given the importance of good govern-ance and national reconciliation today, it remains to be examined what political, social and economic issues the rehabilitated ex-combatants face after reintegration. This is an attempt to uncover the empirical evidence of the daily challenges faced by the rehabilitated ex-combatants. They are unable to make a living with their temporary livelihood and face their respective struggles just to survive every day. They live in fear perpetu-ally and they are losing hope fast. Former women cadres of LTTE are increasingly ignored in society. Their political rights and independence are questionable, and the government has not taken any serious steps to reintegrate them into society. They also fear that their political, social and economic neglect will pose a so-cial danger in the coming years. Their only aspirations moving forward is to have a peaceful life and con-tribute positively to the general society concerning Sri Lanka's plural landscape in terms of ethnicity and re-ligious affiliation.
This research is about the reconciliation and reconstruction process in post-war Sri Lanka. Rec-onciliation is a complex process that can rebuild the relationship between major conflicting parties. During the relations between ethnic groups became highly deteriorated. However. the end of civil war largely instigated the need for reconciliation and reconstruction to attain sus-tainable peace and development. Though attempts were made by the previous government to rehabilitate ex-combatants from the direct violence, infrastructural development, resettlement of war-related displacements, they did not ensure the reconciliation of ethnic groups due to several shortcomings in the process. With the regime change in 2015, the so-called ‘good gov-ernance' regime has initiated several measures to strengthen post-war democracy, development, and reconciliation. release of lands in the Northern Province, investigating the missed person-als, rehabilitation of war crimes, the formation of Reconciliation Task Forces, the discussions on a new constitution, radiuses the military forces, road, and railway development are some of those measures introduced expected to strengthen reconciliation and reconstruction process. Though the present government has taken the above masseurs about reconciliation and devel-opment this study argues the current development and reconciliation process and achievements. The study adopted a qualitative approach to collect data, particularly through a semi-structured interview, focus group discussions and observations.
Communal violence has become a reoccurring event in some parts of the world including Nigeria and there is need for continual search of the underlying factors in safety awareness. Therefore, this present study was aimed to investigate gender and self-esteem as a psychological mechanism that could predict safety awareness among the youth towards. A cross sectional design was employed and a total of 706 participants aged between 18 to 40 years were drawn from Abakaliki in Ebonyi state and Calabar in Cross River state of Nigeria. Data was collected using a Linkert type, self-report measures of the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES) and the Safety Awareness Scale (SAS). A two-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was used for the statistical analysis and the result revealed that self-esteem as a psychological mechanism did not predict safety awareness among the respondents whereas gender as a factor predicted safety awareness among the participants. The findings of the study are discussed.
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