Name: T A Pushparajah
Designation: Senior Lecturer Grade II
Department: ELTU
University Location: K5
Telephone: 011 2903 783
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Educational Qualifications:
B.A (Hons.) in English (Jaffna)
M.A in International Relations (Colombo)
Teaching Experience:
2009 Nov – 2011 Apr – Temporary Assistant Lecturer, Department of English
2011 Apr – 2015 Oct Lecturer (Probationary), ELTU
2015 onwards - Lecturer
Administrative Experience
Coordinator: ELTU 13032: English for Business Communication, Faculty of Commerce & Management Studies: 2011 onwards
Coordinator: ELTU 13022: English for the Sciences, Faculty of Science: 2011- 2013
Research and Publications:
Publication:
Pushparajah,T.A, Manobavan.M, (2009), Martin Wickremasinghe’s perspectives on strategic thinking towards attaining (business) goals- a case study of the human resource potentials of the key-characters portrayed in the novel MadolDoova, International Research Conference on Management and Finance, Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo, Sri Lanaka , ISBN 978-955-9021-79-7
Research:
Pushparajah,T.A (2007), Multi-faceted aspect of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, Unpublished BA Dissertation, University of Jaffna
Pushparajah, T.A, (2008), Globalization and Contemporary Literature, Annual Research Conference of the Vavuniya Campus of the University of Jaffna, ISSN 1800-4911
Pushparajah, T.A (2008), Sociological perspectives of contemporary Indian Literature with special reference to Sir.Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, Annual Research Conference of the Vavuniya Campus of the University of Jaffna, ISSN 1800-4911
Pushparajah, T.A, Manobavan. M, (2009), Impacts of globalization on the sociological makeup of contemporary literature and mass-media, Annual Research Conference of Sociological Association of Sri Lanka
Pushparajah, T. A (2010), Sociograms as scaffolding to teach literary texts in the secondary and tertiary education, Sixth International SLELTA Conference, BMICH, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Pushparajah, T. A, Manobavan (2010), Using the war cum political strategies used in the Mahabarata as a paradigm to stimulate strategy formulation for business management – a mental modelling approach, 12th Annual Research Symposium of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Pushparajah, T.A, Manobavan. M (2011), Developmental barriers arising at the international levels to the access to quality water for human consumption at the local levels in Sri Lanka- a postcolonial approach, 2nd Biennial International Conference, Postcolonial Studies Association, University of Birmingham, UK
Pushparajah, T. A (2011), Representation and representability of Tamils in the post-war scenario, Annual Research Symposium of the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Pushparajah, T. A (2012), Integration of technology in the ESL classroom: perspective and challenges, 13th Annual Research Symposium of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Pushparajah, T. A (2013), Better Questions for Better Answers: A Strategy to Develop Critical Thinking and Communicative Skills among ESL learners, 14th Annual Research Symposium of the Faculty of Graduate Studies the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Pushparajah, T.A, Wickramaarachchi, T.I, Chitrasena, H.R.K (2013), Towards a Corpus-Based Identification of Sri Lankan Learner English: A Pilot Study Based on First Year Undergraduate Writings at the University of Kelaniya, First National Conference on General Linguistics, University of Kelaniya
Pushparajah, T.A. (2014), Use of short videos to help ESL students to develop critical thinking, 6th International Conference on Language and Communication, Graduate School of Language and Communication, National Institute of Development Administration, Bangkok, Thailand
Pushparajah, T.A. (2015), Changing assessment and pedagogical reconstruction in the English as a Second Language (ESL) classrooms in Sri Lanka, International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities (ICSSH 2015), Colombo, Sri Lanka
Pushparajah, T. A. (2015), Information modifiers which prevent post-war capacity development, 6th International on Heritage as Prime Mover in History, Culture and Religion of South and Southeast Asia, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
International & national Workshops/ Seminars/Conference Participation
01. Regional Hornby School- Bangladesh: 2011
02. IATEFL Conference: The U.K: 2013
Research Interest:
English for Business Communication, Teacher Training and Development, Critical Thinking and Interdisciplinary research on Literature and Management
Current Research Activities:
01. Washback effect of English for Humanities and Social Sciences on first year undergraduates’ behavior towards learning English at the University of Kelaniya and its macro level impact.
02. Use of Short Videos to help ESL students to develop critical thinking& language skills
Awards:
Martin Wickremasinghe’s perspectives on strategic thinking towards attaining (business) goals- a case study of the human resource potentials of the key-characters portrayed in the novel MadolDoova (Research Paper was adjudged as a best paper in the track of Business and Innovative Management at the 4th International Conference on Finance and Management-2009, University of Colombo-2009 )
Gold Medallist of Prof. T. Thurairajah memorial award for the overall performance at the Faculty of Arts, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka- 2006
Professional Qualifications in ELT:
University of Cambridge – (2009) TKT ESOL Teaching Awards: (Background to Language Teaching, Planning for Language Teaching and Classroom Management).
Trainer- (2011), English Teacher Training Course as a part of the MOHE Teacher Training Programme conducted by British Council in partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education, Sri Lanka.