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Name: Prof. Neelakshi Premawardhena
Designation: Professor, Department of Modern Languages &
Director, Centre for International Affairs
Department: Department of Modern Languages
Telephone:
+94-11-2903721 /+94-11-2903797
Fax: +94-11-2911485

Educational Qualifications:
• B.A. (Kelaniya)
• M.Phil.(Kelaniya)
• Ph.D (Siegen)
• Deutschlehrer Dipl.(Munich)
Specialized Fields:
German culture
language and linguistics
Applied Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Second and foreign language teaching
Teaching German as a Foreign Language
Intercultural Communication
Contrastive Linguistics
Current Research Themes:
Intercultural Communication, Cross cultural pragmatics, typology of diplomacy, politeness, reference indices, culture in the foreign language classroom, Computer assisted language learning in the foreign language classroom, web-based learning
Publications:
Books:
• Ch. Premawardhena, N. (2009): Foundations in Language Learning. Author publication
• Ch. Premawardhena, N. (2009):German for GCE Advanced Level Part I Author publication
• Ch. Premawardhena, N. (2009):German for GCE Advanced Level Part II Author publication
• Ch. Premawardhena, N. (2002): Referenz-Indizes im Deutschen und im Singhalesischen:Eine kontrastive Studie, Siegen. UniVis: (also PhD dissertation). 245 pp
Full paper publications including articles in books:
Ch. Premawardhena, N. Introducing Computer Aided Language Learning to Sri Lankan Schools: Challenges and Perspectives. 15th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning and 41st International Conference on Engineering Pedagogy (ICL & IGIP), 26-28 September 2012, Villach, Austria.
Ch. Premawardhena, N., Jayasundara, A. Developing interactive teaching material to integrate culture in the foreign language classroom. 15th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning and 41st International Conference on Engineering Pedagogy (ICL & IGIP), 26-28 September 2012, Villach, Austria.
Ch. Premawardhena, N. Enhancing student performance through web-based learning and online teaching tools at Sri Lankan universities. 14th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL & VU 2011), 21-23 September 2011, Piestany, Slovakia, ISBN: 978-1-4577-1746-8
Ch. Premawardhena, N. Interactive computer aided learning in teaching English as a second language to adult learners. I14th nternational Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL & VU 2011), 21-23 September 2011, Piestany, Slovakia, ISBN: 978-1-4577-1746-8
Ch. Premawardhena, N. Creating a native speaker environment in the foreign language classroom through web based learning. 13th International Conference on Interactive Computer Aided Learning (ICL 2010), September 2010, Hasselt, Belgium, ISBN: 978-3-89958- 541-4
Ch. Premawardhena, N. Integrating Computer aided learning teaching English as a second Language: A Sri Lankan experience.12th International Conference on Interactive Computer Aided Learning (ICL 2009), September 2009, Villach, Austria. ISBN: 978-3-89958- 481-3
Ch. Premawardhena, N. New horizons in Language Learning through web-based teaching. 12th International Conference on Interactive Computer Aided Learning (ICL 2009), September 2009, Villach, Austria. ISBN: 978-3-89958- 481-3
Ch. Premawardhena, N. (2008). Impact of socio-cultural aspects on language in a changing world: An analysis of Modern Sinhala In: Marion Grein (Ed.) Dialogue in and between different cultures.IADA, 53-63 ISSN 1999-5598
Weigand, Edda, Ch. Premawardhena et al. (2008), Concepts of rhetoric, dialogue and argumentation. In Edda Weigand (Ed.) Dialogue and Rhetoric. John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp 285-307
Ch. Premawardhena, N. From dependent learning to learner autonomy through web based teaching, International Conference on Interactive Computer Aided Learning (ICL 2008), September 2008, Villach, Austria ISBN: 978-3-89958- 353-3
Ch. Premawardhena, N. Integrating computer aided language learning to enhance English language skills of Sri Lankan university students, International Conference on Interactive Computer Aided Learning (ICL 2008), September 2008, Villach, Austria. ISBN: 978-3-89958- 353-3
Ch. Premawardhena, N. (2007). “How Diplomatic Can a Language Be? The unwritten rules in a language: an analysis of Spoken Sinhala.” In: Marion Grein & Edda Weigand (Eds). Dialogue and Culture, John Benjamins: Amsterdam, pp. 213-225.
Ch. Premawardhena, N. (2007) Integrating Literature into foreign language teaching: A Sri Lankan perspective. In: Novitas Royal. Ed. Arda Arikan. Vol.I.2., pp 92-97. ISSN 1307-4733
Ch. Premawardhena, N. Web-based teaching as a performance enhancer in foreign language teaching in Sri Lanka, International Conference on Interactive Computer Aided Learning (ICL 2007), September 2007, Villach, Austria. ISBN: 978-3-89958-279-6
Ch. Premawardhena, N. (2006), Impact of English Loan Words in Modern Sinhala. In: Amarasinghe, S.; Fonseka, E.A.G.; Ruuskanen, D.D.K. (Eds.). Sri Lanka at Crossroads: Continuity and Change. Matara: University of Ruhuna. pp 136-146
De Silva, C. H. / Ch. Premawardhena, N. (2006), Some Computational Aspects of Natural Language Understanding: A Case Study of Sinhala. In: Amarasinghe, S.; Fonseka, E.A.G.; Ruuskanen, D.D.K. (Eds.). Sri Lanka at Crossroads: Continuity and Change. Matara: University of Ruhuna. pp 146-155
Ch. Premawardhena, N., De Silva, C.H. ICT beyond school education: Challenges and future perspectives of ICT enhanced Foreign Language Studies. 2nd International Conference on Information Technology in Schools (ISSEP), Vilnius, Lithuania, November 2006. pp 226-235
Ch. Premawardhena, N. (2005), Pronunciation difficulties encountered by Sinhala native speakers in learning German as a foreign language. In: Journal of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Vol. 5. No. 1. pp 48-58
Ch. Premawardhena, N. (2003), Internationalismen im Singhalesischen. In: Peter Braun/ Burkhard Schaeder/Johannes Volmer (Eds.), Internationalismen- Studien zurinterlingualen Lexikographie II in der “Reihe Germanistische Linguistik”. Tübingen:Niemeyer. pp. 169-182
Ch. Premawardhena, N. (2002), Reference Devices in Sinhala‟. In: Pronouns, Grammar and Representation, Horst J. Simon, Heike Wiese (Eds.) Amsterdam: John Benjamins. pp.63-84
International Conference papers:
Ch. Premawardhena, N., Aspects of Reference in Korean and Sinhala. South Asian Summit on Promotion of Korean Studies in India & South Asia, May 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Ch. Premawardhena, N., Sri Lanka: Wege zur Nachhaltigkeit: Gestern, heute und morgen. Interdisciplinary Alumni Summer School, University of Siegen, 11-22 June 2013, Siegen, Germany.
Abeywickremasinghe.Gunawardana, A.; Ch. Premawardhena, N.: Critical evaluation of Sri Lankan government school textbook series Let‟s Learn English, Annual Research Symposium, University of Kelaniya, 28-29 November 2013.
Ch. Premawardhena, N., ICT in the foreign language classroom in Sri Lanka: A jounery through a decade. 10th World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE 2013), Nicolaus Copernicus University, July 2-5 2013, Torun, Poland.pp 223-224
Ch. Premawardhena, N.; Jayasundara, A. Impact of media on language change: an analysis of recent trends in linguistic borrowing in Sinhala. XX International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL XX), July 2011, Osaka Japan
Ch. Premawardhena, N. First Language Interference in Second Language Learning: a closer look at challenges in TESL in Sri Lanka, 12th International Conference on American and English Literature and Language, Krakow, Poland 27-29 April 2011.
Ch. Premawardhena, N. Bilingualism in a Sri Lankan context: An analysis of Modern Sinhala and Sri Lankan English. 6th International Symposium in Bilingualism ISB06, May-June 2007, Hamburg, Germany, pp. 278-279
Ch. Premawardhena, N. Socio-cultural aspects reflected in a language: an analysis of degrees of respect in Spoken Sinhala, International Symposium, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, July 2006, p 133
Ch. Premawardhena, N. Linguistic borrowing in a changing world: a contrastive analysis of English loan words in Sinhala and German. International Symposium, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, July 2006, p 135
Ch. Premawardhena, N. Enhancing Quality of English Teaching: Some suggestions derived from Foreign Language Teaching in Sri Lanka. Conference on Enhancing University English Language Teaching (EUE), Colombo, June 2006, p 11
Ch. Premawardhena, N. Lerntraditionen im Vergleich: Sri Lanka und Deutschland. 14th International Congress on Education and Information Technology,Karlsruhe,Germany, February 2006
Ch. Premawardhena, N.; De Silva, C.H., Sutadhara, T, Some sociolinguistic aspects of a corpus of Spoken Sinhala from the Western Province of Sri Lanka. 10th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, December 2005.p 103
Ch. Premawardhena, N. Some aspects of intercultural communication in Foreign Language Teaching. 10th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, December 2005 p 185
Ch. Premawardhena, N.; De Silva, C.H. Integrating ICT in Foreign Language Teaching: A Sri Lankan experience. 10th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, December 2005. p 186
Ch. Premawardhena, N. ‚kein Buch‘ vs. ‚nicht ein Buch„: Interferenz der Mutter- bzw Zweitsprachebeim Erwerb von Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Sprachwissenschaftlich- Sprachdidaktisches Kolloquium, Universität Siegen, Siegen, November 2005
Ch. Premawardhena, N. DaF-Unterricht in Sri Lanka, interkulturelle Aspekte und Interferenz der Mutter- bzw. Zweitsprache. „Symposium für Germanistik‟, New Delhi, October 2005
Ch. Premawardhena, N. /Sutadhara, T. / De Silva, C. H. Some Aspects of Representing a Corpus of Spoken Sinhala in an Electronic Database. Annual Research Symposium, University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, November 2003. p 7
Rathnayaka, Dilrukshi/ Ch. Premawardhena, N. Reference Devices in Japanese. Annual Research Symposium, University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, November 2003, p 5
Ch. Premawardhena, N. Reference Tracking in German and Sinhala. Annual Sessions of German Society of Linguistics (DGfS), Marburg, Germany, March 2000.
Unpublished Thesis:
Ch. Premawardhena, N. (1997): A Contrastive Study of Sinhala and German Word Phonology. M.Phil thesis (unpublished), University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. pp 546
Chandrasena, N. (1993): Esoterik und die Deutschen. Abschlussarbeit zum Erwerb des Deutschlehrerdiploms Goethe Institut, München. pp 169
Chandrasena, N. (1991): Maaladivayinee maalee nuwara divehi upa bhaasaava pilibanda shabdima wigrahayak (A Phonological Analysis of Divehi, the dialect of Male, Maldives ) B.A. thesis (unpublished), University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.