Name: Dr. Romola Rasool
Designation: Senior Lecturer I
Department: English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU)
University Location: K5
Telephone: 0112 930782
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Educational Qualifications:
B.A. (Hons)
PhD in Arts (Sociolinguistics) University of Melbourne, Australia
Teaching Experience:
Over 15 years teaching various English as a Second Language (ESL) courses to undergraduates of all faculties. Also taught in MA in Linguistics, MBA, MBUSA and PGDip in HRM courses.
Administrative Experience:
Head, ELTU (2006 – 2008)
Head (Acting), Department of English (at present)
Research and Publications:
Book chapter:
Issues of Power and Privilege in the Maintenance of Sri Lanka Malay: A Sociolinguistic Analysis - Book chapter in The Genesis of Sri Lanka Malay: A Case of Extreme Language Contact, published by Brill, 2013
How „endangered‟ is „endangered‟? Assessing the actual language vitality of the Sri Lanka Malay language” -International Conference on Austronesian Languages in Bali, Indonesia, 2012.
“Malays of the East and Malays of the West: more alike than different? Discussing the vitality of the Sri Lanka Malay language in two provinces” - International Symposium on Malay and Indonesian Linguistics, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 2012.
“Economic factors that determine language maintenance/shift: the case of Sri Lanka Malay” –International Symposium on Malaysian and Indonesian Languages, Malang, Indonesia, 2011.
“Studying contemporary usage of and attitudes to the Sri Lanka Malay language: a preliminary discussion” –Seminar on Sri Lanka Malay at the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany, 2010.
Which variety do we preserve? A community in a quandary: the case of Sri Lankan Malay” – Seminar on Endangered and Indigenous languages held at the University of Hyderabad, India, 2008.
“2008, University of Kelaniya: English for All?” - The Symposium of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya, 2007.
Research interests:
Sri Lanka Malay
Minority Languages of Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan English
Bilingual Education in Sri Lanka
Current Research Activities:
Sri Lanka Malay
International & National Workshop/ seminar/ Conference participation:
Participated in a two week workshop on Language Revitalisation at the University of Texas at Arlington, June 16 – 27, 2014.
Received an Australian Leadership Award (ALA) from AusAID to pursue a PhD at the University of Melbourne, Australia (2009 – 2013).
Received a Fulbright Junior Award to pursue an MA at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA (2000 – 2002).
Received an American Field Service (AFS) Award to study in New Zealand for one year as a cultural exchange student (1988).