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* Sri Lanka President to launch third phase of 'English as a life skill' tomorrow
Mon, Feb 18, 2013, 07:37 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 18, Colombo: The third phase of the Presidential Initiative 'English as a life skill' through which the President Mahinda Rajapaksa takes English language skills across the country with a special focus on Spoken English, will be launched at Temple Trees tomorrow, Dr. Sunimal Fernando, Presidential advisor announced.

A set of 50 English language learning DVDs for grades 10 and 11 together with a toolbox of activities for Spoken English for grades 6 to 11 will be officially released at this function.

Dr. Fernando says that this type of teaching materials is issued for the first time in the history of language teaching and learning in Sri Lanka.

Prepared under a directive of the President, this innovative new language teaching tools have been produced by mobilizing the skills and talents available in the state education system within the Ministry of Education, the Presidential Advisor said.

The programme promotes English Language Skills, especially speaking and communication skills across the country with the guidance and support of the Presidential Task Force on English and IT, the Ministry of Education, and the Provincial Ministries of Education. President Mahinda Rajapaksa launched the National Road Map to promote Spoken/ Communicative English skills in Sri Lanka on July 19, 2009.

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