10 July, 2014, 4.00 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.

M.B. Ariyapala Auditorium, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo


3.45 pm - 4.00 pmArrival of guests
4.00 pm - 4. 15 pmNational Anthem & lighting of the traditional oil lamp
4.15 pm - 4.25 pmWelcome Address by the Conference Chair
Ms S. Ilangakoon
4.25 pm - 4.35 pmAddress by the Vice Chancellor, University of Colombo
Dr W. K. Hirimburegama
4.35 pm - 4.45 pmAddress by the Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo
Prof A. Ranasinghe
4.45 pm - 4.55 pmCommemoration of ELTU staff members -
Ms M. Cooray & Mr E. A. Kumarasiri
4.55 pm - 5.40 pmAddress by the Keynote Speaker - Director, Post-Graduate Institute of English, Open University of Sri Lanka
Dr H. Ratwatte
Seeking New Horizons: Continuous Professional Development, the Sri Lankan English teacher and Altruism
5.40 pm - 5.50 pmVote of Thanks by the Convener, Organising Committee
Mr S. Peiris
5. 50 pm - 6.30 pmRefreshments

July 11, 2014

8.15 – 9.00 amRegistration (at main entrance to Faculty of Arts)
Tea (at entrance to M.B. Ariyapala auditorium)
9.00 – 10.00 amConcurrent Session 1
M.B. Ariyapala Auditorium
The role of a teacher/ the meta language in the ESL classroom
Board Room, Faculty of Arts
Macro and micro level program critique
Room 295, Dept of Sociology
Featured presentation
An English teacher as a vocational trainer and an intellectual –
Ms. R. Ibrahim
A critique of the Maharagama in-service teacher training programme at the Maharagama TT College –
Ms. D.I.S. Kathriarachchi
Comparative analysis of language policy –
Ms. Renufa Rasheed
Ms. Kavitha Gunesekera
Ms. Aroshie Jayasinghe
Ms. Kethakie Nagahawatte
Ms. Lekha Basnayake Udugama
Implications of language choice in the English as a Second Language classroom: A cross-sectional study –
Ms. M.I. Jansz
Textbook adaptation: Reflecting on theory to make informed decisions in the ESL classroom –
Ms. H.D. Wijesekera
The significance of using only the target language in an ESL classroom of intermediate learners –
Mr. B. H. I. Madhusankha
Teaching writing skills: the problem of ‘voice’ –
Ms. Samitha Senenayake,
Dr. Sivamohan Sumathy
10.00 – 11.00 amPlenary: M.B. Ariyapala Auditorium -- Reflection, Research and Innovation in Language Assessment
Associate Prof. Priyanvada Abeywickrama, Department of English Language & Literature, San Francisco State University
Chair: Dr Asantha Attanayake
11.00 am – 12.00Concurrent Session 2
M.B. Ariyapala Auditorium
Sri Lankan English as a variety
Board Room, Faculty of Arts
Literature, language, and identity
Room 295, Dept of Sociology
Sri Lankan English vocabulary in academic writing and fiction –
Ms. Shivanee Ranjula Ilangakoon
Metta: Transcending cultures through translation –
Ms. Lakshani Willarachchi
Ms. Anupama Madhubhashinie
A step forward from monotony: goodbye inhibition, welcome action and adventure –
Ms. Chandima Nanayakkara,
Ms. Naomi Edirisinghe
Idiosyncratic subcategorization and the lexicon of the Lankan L2 English learner and L1 English user –
Mr. K. G. J. Ravindran
Nativization of English by Jaffna Tamil Writers –
Ms. Sivagowri S. Rajashanthan
Pronunciation of English in Sri Lanka: A focus on elocution and accent neutralization –
Ms. Nadishka Aloysius
Inheritance of what?: Neocolonial subjects in Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss –
Ms. Sammani Perera
12.00 noon – 1.15 pmLunch (venue near M.B. Ariyapala Auditorium)
Poster presentation (opposite lunch venue)
1.15 – 2.15 pmPlenary: M.B. Ariyapala Auditorium -- Extra-Linguistic Value (of Sri Lankan English) = Zugzwang (for Non-Elite Users)
Prof. Arjuna Parakrama, Department of English, University of Peradeniya
Chair: Dr Harshana Rambukwella
2.15 – 3.15 pmConcurrent Session 3
M.B. Ariyapala Auditorium
The role of errors and of silences in the ESL classroom
Board Room, Faculty of Arts
Factors affecting the success of the ESL classroom
Room 295, Dept of Sociology
Correcting learners’ errors in an ESL classroom –
Ms. J. M. B. K. Jayasekera
Impact of parental influence on attitudes towards learning English as a second language –
Ms. K.M.R. Siriwardhana
Learning by ‘Heart’ – An emotional neuro linguistic experience facilitating ‘affective’ language learning –
Ms. Savitri Dias
An analysis of ESL learner errors pertaining to the use of prepositions–
Mr. B. H. G. Nalaka Saman
The impact of student-centered learning in teaching English grammar to second language learners –
Ms. Vani Pushparajah
Reading silence as resistance: a critical study of teaching listening and speaking in the ESL classroom –
Mr. J. H. H. Jayamaha
Reconciling ethics and economics: the impact on linguistic structures of English for economics -
Ms. Nadeera Rajapakse
3.15 – 4.15 pmPanel Discussion on language policy, Sri Lankan English, and the future of the ELTU – M.B. Ariyapala Auditorium
Panelists: Prof. Siromi Fernando, Prof. Arjuna Parakrama, Dr. Sandagomi Coperehewa, Mr. Michael Meyler
Moderator: Dr. Vivimarie VanderPoorten
4.15 – 4.45 pmRefreshments (at entrance to M.B. Ariyapala auditorium)