"Gnosis", the student research forum of the third year students of our department was held on Friday, June 6th at the Faculty Board Room from 1pm.  Organized entirely by the students, this event showcased independent research studies undertaken by students of both the special degree and general degree programmes as the culmination of their course unit of Research Skills. Group and individual research projects were presented in both areas of literary and language studies. This event will be an annual event in the department.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 September 2017 03:31



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Cinelogue: Critical space for cinema

Cinelogue, a venture by the Department of English is for all film buffs. It’s a space for critical dialogue on cinema and literature. Organized once a fortnight, Cinelogue film screening sessions are preceded by guest lectures and followed by critical discussions. Sessions focus on issues of contemporary socio-political interest such as identity, communication, human relations, social justice and coexistence.


Venue: K28-302

Time: Tuesday at 2.00 pm

Upcoming events: Paris, Je t'aime on Tuesday February 14 at 2.00 pm

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 December 2012 03:59


Welcome to the Department of English

The English Department has always been a strong teaching and research department which is committed to the harmonious relationship between teaching, research and larger concerns of society. The University of Kelaniya boasts the largest student body of any English department in the country. It practices an interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary approach to teaching and has accommodated changes that reflect the development of English studies around the world.

Thus, members of the faculty contribute to teaching by bringing in their multidisciplinary research interests into their English courses from such areas as French and South Asian Literature, Feminist Studies, Women’s Studies, Social Sciences, Critical Theories, Linguistics and Language Studies, Post-Colonial Literature, Sri Lankan Literature, Diaspora Studies and Cultural Studies.

In keeping with the needs of the students at a professional level, the English department also includes in its curriculum, courses which are geared to develop and enhance soft skills, communication skills and professional skills which are on par with the overall vision of the University of Kelaniya. Making English department students employable has always been the commitment of its faculty. Graduates of the department have gone on to excel in journalism, advertising and the foreign service among many other careers.

In short, our concern at the Department of English is not only to teach literature as a passive reflector but as an active agent in the moluding of culture, values, ethics and personalities.