Mahishi Ranaweera
Mahishi RanaweeraSenior lecturer


Department of English Language Teaching
(Room Number) K15
University of Kelaniya
Sri Lanka          

Educational Qualification:

Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language, Northern Arizona University, USA - 2007
Master of Arts Degree in Linguistics, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka - 2005 .
Bachelor of Arts (English Literature Honours), University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka - 2000 .

Awards and Fellowships:

Fulbright Junior Fellow (J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship) – 2005
Alpha Delta Kappa International Teacher Education Scholarship – 2005
Delta Kappa Gamma International World Fellowship – 2005 & 2006
ADK Spring Scholarship for best upcoming teacher at Northern Arizona University

Research, Presentations and Publications:

  • A Corpus Based Study of High Frequency Academic Vocabulary in Second Language Acquisition Research Articles, International Journal of Arts and Sciences’ (IJAS) International Conference for Education, France, April 2016
  • Interactional feedback in naturalistic interaction between L2 English learners, English Language Teaching, 10, p.47- 55, (published by Canadian Center of Science and Education) Sep 2015
  • Constructing ‘disabilities’ and ‘inclusion’: An explanatory models of disability and inclusive education among teachers in Sri Lanka, International Conference on the Humanities, May 2015 (with Hettiarachchi, S. and Walisundera, D.)
  • "A Comparative Study of the Phonemic and Phonological Skills of Sinhala-speaking and Sri Lankan Tamil-speaking 3 to 5 year old Children with Typical and Atypical Speech Patterns" – Presentation at Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, 7th Annual Research Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences, March 2014 (with Hettiarachchi, S. and Rassool, R.)
  • ‘Universal’ and ‘Language-specific’ Features of Sinhala and Sri Lankan Tamil reflected in the Trajectory of Phonetic and Phonology Development in Children- Presentation at the  5thAnnual Research Conference, Royal Asiatic Society – March 2012(With S. Hettiarachchi PhD., Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya)>
  • ‘t’ before ‘th’ or ‘th’ before ‘t’: assessing the trajectory of Sinhala speech sound and phonology development - Presentation at the Annual Research Symposium/Faculty of Graduate Studies/ University of Kelaniya – November 2011 (With S. Hettiarachchi PhD., Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya)
  • Dress Code for the University: Clothes Maketh the Man- Presentation at the National Conference on the Humanities, August 2009 (Gunesekera, M., Ranaweera, M., Weerasinghe, M., Edirisinghe, N.)
  • Proposed Checklist for Regularizing English Tuition in Sri Lanka, SLELTA Quarterly, 2009
  • When to Teach What: A Study of Natural Order of L2 Morpheme Acquisition, (Journal Article) Golden Jubilee Commemorative Volume, University of Kelaniya, 2009
  • Sunflowers and Water lilies: Activities Based on Art to Promote Communication in the ESL Classroom- Workshop, Sri Lanka English Language Teachers’ Association Conference, August 2008
  • Register Variation in Sri Lankan English- Presentation at the Post Graduate Institute of English, The Open University, Research Forum, December 2007
  • Reception of the A/L General English Text Book in Selected Schools in Gampaha District- Presentation at the Annual Symposium of Graduate Research -2004
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