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Medium of Instruction, Language Proficiency and Learner Profiles: Impact of English Proficiency on the Performance of Learners following the BA Degree in Social Sciences

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U Vidanapathirana ,

Department of Social Studies, The Open University of Sri Lanka, LK
About U
Professor U Vidanapathirana is currently the Vice Chancellor of the
OUSL and is the Professor in the Department of Social Studies. His
research interests are Economic Liberalization and its impact on
poverty and economic inequality, Poverty dynamics and economic
mobility, Youth unemployment and Distance Education and economic
development. He could be contacted at: uvida@ou.ac.lk
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LPS Gamini

Department of Management Studies, The Open University of Sri Lanka, LK
About LPS
Dr. L. P. S. Gamini, is a Senior Lecturer in Finance in the Department
of Management Studies at the OUSL. Dr. Gamini has contributed
several articles to reputed journals in Finance and Social Sciences
during the past few years. He could be contacted at: lpgam@ou.ac.lk.
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Abstract

This paper examines how three broad groups of factors affect the capacity
of learners to acquire language proficiency which in turn influence learner
performance of students admitted to the BA degree programme in Social
Sciences. This study programme is conducted exclusively in the medium of
English; hence the need to ascertain whether the medium of instruction
affects the access to all communities. In terms of access, the paper shows
that the current registration pattern is highly skewed to the metropolis
while learner success is found to be strongly contingent on the proficiency
of the English language. Although the findings do not support sweeping
generalizations concerning social exclusion they however signify the need
to revisit our admission policies, regulations and support services with a
view to addressing issues pertaining to access, diversity and equity of the
programmes administered by the Open University of Sri Lanka.

DOI: 10.4038/ouslj.v5i0.2142

OUSL Journal
Vol.5 2009 41-59
DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/ouslj.v5i0.2142
How to Cite: Vidanapathirana, U. & Gamini, L., (2009). Medium of Instruction, Language Proficiency and Learner Profiles: Impact of English Proficiency on the Performance of Learners following the BA Degree in Social Sciences. OUSL Journal. 5, pp.41–59. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/ouslj.v5i0.2142
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Published on 01 Dec 2009.
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