Teaching my Book

The Struggle for a Multilingual Future is a jargon-free book that was written to be accessible to undergraduate students interested in linguistic and sociocultural anthropology, sociolinguistics, multilingual education, and South Asian Studies. It is suitable for following courses:

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Language and Culture
  • Sociolinguistics
  • The Anthropology of South Asia
  • Anthropology and Education
  • The Anthropology of Youth
  • Anthropological Methods

Here are resources for teaching my book in both face-to-face and online classes.

Videos on the Sri Lankan Civil War

Demons in Paradise (2017): A documentary film written by Isabelle Marina and directed by Jude Ratnam depicting the worst consequences for both Sinhalas and Tamils due to the 30 year long endured Sri Lankan Civil War.

No More Tears Sister (2005): A documentary written and directed by Helene Klodawsky about the life and death of the Tamil activist, Rajini Thiranagama.

Suicide Killers (1991): A UK documentary on the LTTE that was shot in Sri Lanka a few months after the assassination by a woman LTTE suicide bomber of the former Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi in Tamil Nadu in 1991

Transcript Activities

View Original Transcript of “Kandy is Our Place” (pg. 90-92) to Understand Transcription/Translation as Ethnography.

Transcript Exercise 1: “Kandy is Our Place:” Belonging to a City
Transcript Exercise 2: English and Tamil Codeswitching

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