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Probing the place of English language in Fiji Secondary Schools in the present day - from English facilitators' perspectives

Kumar, Avitesh D. and Kaur, Manpreet (2020) Probing the place of English language in Fiji Secondary Schools in the present day - from English facilitators' perspectives. In: It takes an Island and an Ocean. Institute of Education (IOE), The University of the South Pacific, Tonga Campus, Tonga, pp. 2-17. ISBN 978-982-9173-54-6

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    Abstract

    English language is used either as a second or third language in majority of the Islands nations here in the Pacific, while also in terms of status, use, and function, dominating in the formal arena, education, the media, and parliamentary proceedings. Therefore, the pervasive need to learn the English language falls on the younger generation in the form of formal education. This then reflects language facilitator’s fundamental role in teaching the English language, so learners become competent in both written and spoken English. This paper examines the status of the English language in Fijian secondary schools from the English teachers’ perspectives and also highlights the views of two distinguished professors – Professor Subramani, Professor in Language and Literature; and Professor Tupeni Baba, Professor in Education, at the University of Fiji – about the status of the English language in Fiji secondary schools. It identifies the pedagogies utilised by facilitators of English. The paper rationalises the declined or inclined status of the second/third language. Given the suggestion to raise the standard of English competency in Fiji secondary schools, it is hoped that this study will inform education stakeholders, language programme coordinators at tertiary level, and policymakers about the challenges facing English language facilitators.

    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
    L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
    Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > Institute of Education
    Depositing User: Afuafu Kautoke
    Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2020 15:44
    Last Modified: 09 Sep 2020 15:44
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12333

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