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Name: Prof. Hemantha Sirisena
Designation: Professor in Russian
Department: Department of Modern Languages
University Location: (Room Number) K2 122
University Address: Department of Modern Languages,
University of Kelaniya,Kelaniya,Sri Lanka.
Residential Address: 107/5, Pushparama road, Pahalabiyanwila,  Kadawata,  Sri Lanka.
Telephone: (Extension) 720/ (Office) +94-11-2-914494
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Academic Qualifications :
• Doctor of Philology in Russian, Saintpetersburg State University, Saintpetersburg, Russia -2003
• Postgraduate Diploma in Education, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka -1997
• Master of Art, University of Leningrad State University, U.S.S.R.-1984
• Bachelor of Arts (Special)-First Class Main Subject:Russian, Subsidiary Subject: Economics, University of Kelaniya, Sri-Lanka -1979
• Understanding Korean Language and Culture for Government officials (Beginner Level) July 1(Mon.) ~ August 30(Fri.), 2013 Suwon, Korea.
Teaching Experience :
• Professor in Russian, Department of Modern Languages, University of Kelaniya, 07th June 2009- to date
• Senior Lecturer-Grade II, Department of Modern Languages, University of Kelaniya, 01st March 2004-to 07th June 2009
• Lecturer Department of Modern Languages University of Kelaniya,01st October 1997up to 01st March 2004
• Lecturer Diploma in Modern Languages – Russian, Department of Modern Languages, University of Kelaniya 2008
• Visiting Lecturer- Russian Language Beginners Program, Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) 2008
• Lecturer, Seminar Series in Russian, External Examinations Branch/CODL, University of Kelaniya. from 2005 to date.
• Visiting Lecturer, Master of Art in Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities 2005/2006/2012
• Visiting Lecturer, B. A. (Special) Degree Programme in Sociology, Dept. of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya.1997/1998/1999
• Temporary Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya.1980/1982, 1996/1997
• Visiting Lecturer-Russian, Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya.1984/1985
Posts being held and previously held in the University:
Head, Department of Modern Languages, University of Kelaniya, 01st October 2007-30 October 2013
Member, Board of Studies, Faculty of Humanities, 2007-to date
Member, Faculty Board, Faculty of Humanities,1997-to date
Member, Board of Senate, University of Kelaniya, 2007-to date
Member, Board of Studies, Confucius Institute,Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya, from 2009
Member, Board of Management of CODL, University of Kelaniya, 2007–to date
Member (Invited), Curriculum, Learning and Teaching Evaluation Committee (CULTEC), 2007-to date
Member, Library Committee University of Kelaniya. 2007- to date
Member, Sub-Committee to Formulate the Library Policy in respect of Accepting Donation to the Library, University of Kelaniya, 2008.
Coordinator, National Conference on Humanities-2009 Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya
Chairman, Committee of the 50th Anniversary Educational Exhibition-2009 Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya
Member, Editorial Board, 50th Anniversary Souvenir, University of Kelaniya 2009
Member, Project Report Committee, Faculty of Humanities. 2008- to date
Member, Visual Management Consultative Committee,University of Kelaniya, 2006-2008
Member, Committee of The Arts Council, University of Kelaniya, 2007-2008
Coordinator, IRQUE Project, Facilitating Access for staff/students with special needs, University of Kelaniya 2007/2008
Member, Selection Board for recruiting Temporary Assistant Lecturers, Faculty of Humanities, 2008
Web Master, Department of Modern Languages, 2007-2008
Member, General Resources Sub-Committee, 9th Sri Lanka University Games (SLUG)-2007, University of Kelaniya
Member, Post Graduate Committee, Faculty of Humanities. 2008- to date
Acting Head, Department of Modern Languages, 12.10. 2005 to 09.12.2005, 11.02.2006 to 24.02.2006, 11.02.2006 to 24.02.2006
Senior Student Counsellor, Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya, 2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2008/2009
Member, Peace Committee, University of Kelaniya, (Chaired by Professor Nalin De Silva), 2006 (A voluntary committee)
Academic Warden, Ediriweera Sarachchandra Hostel, University of Kelaniya, 2004/2005, 2005/2006, 2006/2007
Academic Adviser, Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya 2006/2007, 2007/2008
Academic Counsellor, Career Guidance Unit, University of Kelaniya. 2006/2007, 2007/2008
Member, Organization Committee, Asian Centre, University of Kelaniya, 1998.
Member, Organization Committee, European Centre, University of Kelaniya. 1998.
Examiner and Setter, Internal Degree Programme of Russian, University of Kelaniya, 1995-to date
Chairman, Welfare Committee, Teachers' Union of the University of Kelaniya. 1998-2000
Senior Treasurer, Welfare Society, Teachers' Union of the University of Kelaniya. 1998-2000
Posts being held and previously held outside the University:
Resource Person, GCE A/L Russian syllabus, Faculty of Languages, National Institute of Education (NIE), 2009.
Visiting Lecturer, Russian Language Beginners Programme, Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) Colombo, 2008.
Member, Organization Committee, Russian Literary Circle, Russian Centre, Colombo, 2005-to date.
Examiner and Setter of External Degree Programme, Russian, Sri Jayawardhenapura University, 1996/1998.
Controller, Moderator and Chief Examiner, G.C.E.(A/L) Examination, Department of Examinations, Sri Lanka, From 1995- to date.
Research and Publications :
Articles Presented and Published in International Conferences :
• The Research of the duration of vowels of separately pronounced words in Sinhalese language, The experimental phonetic analysis of speech: problems and methods, Issue №5. Phonetic diversity of languages of the world, Publication: Faculty of Philology, St. Petersburg State University, Russia, 2004, pp. 168-183.
• Acoustic characteristics of vowels in the Sinhalese language. (Separately pronounced vowels) // XXXII International Philological Conference. Issue № 22: Section of phonetics and methods of teaching foreign languages, Part 2, St. Petersburg, Faculty of Philology, St. Petersburg State University, 2003. pp. 3-20.
Published Papers :
• Verbal Stress (accent) in Sinhala Language, Golden Jubilee Commemorative Volume, University of Kelaniya, 2009.
• Old Russian Marriage and Funeral Customs, Samstuti: Professor Chandrasiri Palliyaguru Felicitation Volume, 2009.
• The Genre of 'Cherry Orchard' by A. P. Chekhov, Journal of Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya, Vol. 09, 2009.
• Let's Learn Russian, Langway Monthly Journal of Language Learning, Colombo, 2008.
Published Abstracts :
• Phonetic Reasons and Phonological Consequences of Homogeneous Speech Sounds, Annual Research Symposium, 2008, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
• Verbal Stress (accent) in Sinhala Language, International Conference on Social Sciences - Sri Lanka, (ICSSL) University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 2008.
• Co-authors K. H. Kumara, N. G. J. Dias, A tool for automatic segmentation of a given Sinhala text into Syllables for Speech synthesis and Speech recognition, Annual Research Symposium, 2006, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
• Co-authors U. R.Hewavithanagamage, Nishan Sakalasooriya, Jayantha Munasinghe, Jayantha Kalansooriya, A Visual Management System for Universities, A case Study of the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 7th Annual Research Symposium, 2006, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
• The Spectral Analyses of Sinhalese Vowels, 10th International Conference on Sri Lankan Studies, 'Sri Lanka after Five Hundred Years of Western Colonization and Future Perspectives' 16th-18th December, 2005, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
• Duration of Sinhalese vowels pronounced separately and in words, Annual Research Symposium, December, 2004, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
• The Vocal System of Sinhalese Language.// Research work at a classical university, Scientific conference of the Ivanovo State University, Ivanovo, 2003. pp. 282-283.
Books:
• Russian-Sinhala Dictionary (30,000 entries), 2009.
• Acoustic Analysis of Speech Sounds, 2009
• Russian Grammar: Verb Conjugation, 2009
• Russian Literature: A Selected Collection, 2009 •
• Ha Pancha, A Story Book for Children, translated from Russian, 2009
• Russian Classical Literature I - Aleksander Sergevich Pushkin, 2008
• Introduction to Russian Language, 2007.
• Русский язык Introductory Phonetic and Lexical Course in Russian Language, 2007.
• Introduction to Spoken Russian, 2006.
• Reading Habits of Teachers in Secondary Schools of Sri Lanka, 1997.
• Audio, Video and Interactive Multimedia Programs :
• Русский Язык Introductory Phonetic and Lexical Course in Russian Language. CBT (A computer based teaching material in CD mode) 2006
• Introduction to Spoken Russian - 2006, Audio Cassette
• Russian Audio-Visual Lessons-1 (Day-to-day conversations in CD mode) 2007
Monographs :
• Spectral Analysis of Sinhala Vowels, 2007
• The Duration of Sinhala Vowels, 2007
• Problems Faced by the students of (G.C.E Advanced Level) Classes in Balangoda Educational Zone, 1997
Editions :
• Chief Editor, Langway Monthly Journal of Language Learning, 2008
Awards :
• Russian Federation PhD Degree Scholarship 2000-2003.
• Soviet Union Post Graduate Scholarship 1982-1984.
Scope :
• Russian Language Education in Sri Lanka
• Experimental Analysis of Speech Sounds
Ongoing Projects:
• Visual Management System (Site Map and Nomenclature); As the Team Coordinator, I have already commenced measures to implement Visual Management System (Site Map and Nomenclature) in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, and the Gampaha Wikkramarachchi Ayurveda Institute.
• Database Development; As the Team Coordinator I have developed (with four other team members i. e. Dr. Hemantha Sirisena [Dept. of Modern Languages], Mr. Jayantha Munasinghe [Dept. of Mathematics], Mr. Nishan Sakalasooriya [Dept. of Geography] and Mr. Jayantha Kalansooriya [Academic Division]) a Database for locations and capacities of the University assets in Digital Format on voluntary basis. I think that this is the first ever Database created for locations and capacities of the assets of our University in Digital Format.
I am developing a Phonetic Data Base of Sinhala Language.
National Conference on Humanities-2009: As a Co-Coordinator, I have organized a National Conference on Humanities to mark the 50th anniversary of University of Kelaniya which was held in August 2009.
International & National Workshop/Seminar/ Conference participation:
Resource Person, Orientation Programme for New Commers. University of Kelaniya. Academic year 2007/2008.
Resource  Person, How to motivate school children?, Parents Meeting at the OKI International School. Kiribathgoda.2007
Resource Person, Making Referrals, Staff Development Course, University of Kelaniya, 2007.
Resource Person, Use of Computer in Speech Sound Analysis, vth Monthly Symposium Organized by the Department of Linguistics. 2006.
Workshop on 'Student Guidance and Counseling for Student Counselors' organized by the University of Kelaniya. 2008.
Workshop on 'Improving University Education through Information and Communication Technologies', University of Kelaniya, 2008.
Participation for Online Tutor Training Programme conducted by the Distance Education Modernization Project, Ministry of Education, 2007.
Workshop on 'The use of Interactive Multimedia in Development of Courseware' (22nd February to 11th March 2005 at University of Kelaniya) Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia, Commonwealth of Learning,     University of Kelaniya and CVCD, University Grants Commission.
Workshop on 'Teaching methodology, Use of Modern Information, Technical facilities for Research and Teaching, Enhancing Research competencies', Enhancing Counseling competencies, organized by the Staff Development Unit, University of Kelaniya, 1999-2000.
Workshop for Language Instructors, organized by the National Institute of Education, Sri Lanka, 17-20 June, 1991.
Workshop for Language Instructors, organized by the National Institute of Education, Maharagama, Sri Lanka, 27-29 December, 1989.
International Conference on Social Sciences - Sri Lanka, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 2008.
Study Tour to China with Undergraduates who follow Degree Course in Chinese language, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 2007.
10th International Conference on Sri Lankan Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 2005.
International Philological Conference, Section of phonetics and methods of teaching foreign languages, Part 2. Organized by the Faculty of Philology, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia. March 2003.
The Seminar on Europe and South Asia Plural Identities, Multiple Perspectives, Organized by the Delegation of the European Commission to Sri Lanka and Centre for European Studies, University of Kelaniya, 2000.
21st International Conference of the Teachers of Russian Language and Literature, Organized by the Patrick Lumumba People's Friendship University, Moscow, 10th June to 10th July 1982.
Vth International Conference of the Teachers of Russian Language and Literature, Organized by the Czechoslovakian Government, Prague, 18th to 25th August 1982.
Intensive Courses:
Satisfactorily completed A Two Day Intensive Course on 'Data Analysis Using SPSS' Conducted by the Department of Statistics, University of Colombo, 2006.
Satisfactorily completed A Three Day Intensive Course on Microsoft Powerpoint School of Computing, University of Colombo, 2005.
Extra Curricular Activities:
Visual Management System (University Site Map and Nomenclature); As the Team Coordinator I have developed (with four other team members; Dr. Upul Ranjith Hewavithanagamage [Dept. of Hindi Studies], Mr. Jayantha Munasinghe [Dept. of Mathematics], Mr. Nishan Sakalasooriya [Dept. of Geography] and Mr. Jayantha Kalansooriya [Academic Division]) a Visual Management System (University Site Map and Nomenclature) on voluntary basis.
Indices - Visual Management System, University of Kelaniya, 2008.
Database, Location and Assets, University of Kelaniya, 2008.
Site Map and Nomenclature  - Visual Management System, University of Kelaniya, 2008.
I initiated and established an Audio-Visual Collection at the Library of our department.from 1997. Now we have classical Russian Films, Documentaries, Voice of Russian people in various    modes i. e.Video tapes, Audio tapes, CDs, DVDs etc. Our students and the academic staff members use this collection for their research purposes.