Name: Ms. Sabreena Niles
Designation: Lecturer (Probationary)
Department: Department of English
University Location: K 2 102
Telephone: 0112903759 (office)
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Educational Qualifications:
B.A. (Hons) in English (November 2010)
Teaching Experience:
Lecturer (Probationary) – Department of English, University of Kelaniya (April 2013 to date)
Lecturer (Probationary) – ELTU, University of Kelaniya (January 2013 – April 2013)
Temporary Assistant Lecturer – ELTU, University of Kelaniya (February 2012 – January 2013)
Visiting Lecturer - Diploma in English for Professional Purposes, University of Kelaniya (February 2012 –August 2012)
Visiting Lecturer – Diploma in English for International Students, University of Kelaniya (February 2012 - December 2012)
Visiting Lecturer – English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU), University of Kelaniya (December 2011-February 2012)
Visiting Lecturer (Intensive Course) - English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU), University of Kelaniya (November/ December 2010 & 2011, October/ November 2009)
Temporary Assistant Lecturer – Department of English, University of Kelaniya (May 2011 – November 2011)
Substitute Teacher (O/L English Literature & A/L General English) – Methodist College, Colombo 3 (July 2005 – December 2005)
Administrative Experience:
Webmaster, Department of English, University of Kelaniya (2013 to date)
A co-coordinator of the National Workshop 2013 “Promoting Gender Equity/ Equality in Sri Lankan Universities” organized by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, International Labour Organization and the Centre for Gender Studies, University of Kelaniya (July 2013)
A co-coordinator of the International Conference “Critical Women: Women as Agents of Change through Higher Education” organized by the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the Centre for Gender Studies, University of Kelaniya (March 2012)
Additional Experience:
Rapporteur – National Consultative Workshop on “Preventing Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Universities” organized by the Centre for Gender Studies, University of Kelaniya & Care International. (January 2014)
Part time Technical Assistant – University Development Grant (UDG), HETC Project, Ministry of Higher Education (June 2012 – August 2012)
Project Assistant – Centre for Creative Response Consultants (Pvt) Ltd. (February 2006-June 2006)
Research and Publications:
Edited volumes:
(Ed.)Niles, J.S. Pulse An Anthology of Trilingual Poetry. Centre for Gender Studies, University of Kelaniya, May 2014
Research articles:
“The (De) Construction of Gender Identity in Children’s Literature Written in English by Sri Lankan Authors.”(2012) Journal of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya, Volume 1. Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya.
“The Construction of the ‘I’ Under the Gaze of the ‘Eye’: An Analysis of the Poems Written by Sylvia Plath.” (2013) Journal of the Faculty of Humanities. Volume 17. University of Kelaniya.
Presentations:
“Enhancing TESL in Sri Lankan Universities through the use of Sri Lankan Literature Written in English” (2013). National Conference on General Linguistics. Department of Linguistics, University of Kelaniya.
“Identifying and Overcoming Challenges of Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Sri Lankan Universities: A Case Study.” (2012) 13th Annual Research Symposium. Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya.
“Error Correction through Mnemonics for Sri Lankan Undergraduates Using English as a Second Language”. (2012) The Tenth Asia TEFL International Conference, New Delhi, India.
“Performativity and Performance: An Analysis of the Portrayal of Gender Identity of Women in Plays Written by Sri Lankan Playwrights.” (2012) Young Researchers’ Forum 2012, Colombo.
“The (De) Construction of Gender Identity in Children’s Literature Written in English by Sri Lankan Authors.” (2011) 12th Annual Research Symposium. Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya.
Research Interests:
Drama and Theatre
Gender studies
Comparative Literature
Postcolonial Literature
Performance Studies
Children’s Literature
Sociolinguistics
Current Research Activities:
Role of Fantasy and Reality in Constructing Identity in Children’s Literature in Sri Lanka.
Bilingualism as a Medium of Conflict Resolution in Mobile Theatre Group Jana Karaliya.
Portrayal of Women in Sri Lankan Tamil Theatre.
Additional Qualifications:
Associate Diploma in Teaching (Speech and Drama) – ATCL, Trinity College London (2008)
Diploma in Drama and Communication Speech and Drama Performance, London College of Music – LCM (2008)
Certificate of Communication Skills, Trinity College London (2005)
Performer’s Certificate (Speech and Drama), Trinity College London (2004)
Effective Speaking - Grade 12, The Institute of Western Music and Speech, Sri Lanka – Prize winner (2004)
Advanced Graded Examination in Speech, Communication (Public Speaking), The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) – Gold medal (2004)