Tamil language teachers urged to join Trilingual SL Project
Talented and skilled Tamil second language teachers scattered over
the island are invited to join in the Special Presidential Initiative
for a Trilingual Sri Lanka, Presidential Adviser and Vice Chairman of
Presidential Task Force for a Trilingual Sri Lanka
Sunimal Fernando said.
He said the President's vision is to create a trilingual society in
Sri Lanka within the next 10 years, and Sinhala and
Tamil language training is expedited to achieve this target. The
Presidential Task Force is keen to work together with language teachers
in the village as they closely associate with the grass roots level
people, Fernando said.
He was speaking at the launch of two Tamil workbooks for Sinhala
students authored by Anomali Karunasena, at the BMICH yesterday.
The author is an English and Tamil teacher at Janadhipathi Vidyalaya,
Matara. She had initially been appointed to a Tamil
Medium school in Matara to teach English, and persevered to learn
Tamil due to communication difficulties she faced.
Presently, she teaches both English and Tamil to students. Being a
Sinhalese both Tamil and English serve as second languages to her.
The Presidential Task Force encountered her during a meeting with
language teachers in Matara.
Sunimal Fernando said through this kind of interactions they could
get a clear understanding of the gaps and loopholes of language teaching
Additional Secretary to the President Emelda Sukumar, Kelaniya
University Language Department Head Dr Yogarajah, Presidential Task
Force for a Trilingual Sri Lanka Director General G A J Sylvester and
Cabinet Office Additional Secretary K P Jayampathi also participated.