Mahishi Ranaweera
Mahishi RanaweeraSenior lecturer

Contact:

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 pragmatic markers in the spoken discourse of women in Sri Lankan English, short paper presentation at ICAME 42 (Conference on Crossing Boundaries through Corpora), Germany, August 2021
  • /t/ before /ʈ/ or /ʈ/ before /t/: Emerging Trends from a Preliminary Study of Consonant Acquisition in Typically developing Sinhala-speaking Children aged 3 to 6 years. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 32(3), pp.9-28. Hettiarachchi, S., Ranaweera, M. and Rajapaksha, R.M.W., October 2021.
  •  The effectiveness of using multi-sensory children’s stories on vocabulary development in young deaf and hard-of-hearing children, Deafness and Education International, August, 2020 (with, Hettiarachchi, S. & Dissanayake, L.)

     The effectiveness of using the Colourful Semantics approach to support language development with children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, Deafness and Education International, January 2019 https://doi.org/10.1080/14643154.2019.1573473 (with Hettiarachchi, S.)

     Colour Me …Orange? Incorporating Aspects of the Colourful Semantics Approach into a TESOL Programme at Preschool, Asian Journal of English Language Teaching, 27, 143-176 (With Hettiarachchi, S., Walisundara, D.C.) 2018

     ‘Nothing can we call our own but death’: A diachronic analysis of Sri Lankan English morphological features and move structures of obituary notices in newspapers, Research full paper presentation at ICAME 39 (Conference on Corpus Linguistics and Changing Society), Finland, May 2018

     Including all? Perceptions of mainstream teachers on inclusive education in the Western Province of Sri Lanka, International Journal of Special Education, April 2018 (with Hettiarachchi, S., Das, A.K., Walisundara, D., Daskon- Attanayake, L.)

     Across storytelling traditions- The effectiveness of multisensory traditional storytelling on vocabulary development in English in children with disabilities, The 9th Sri Lanka English Teachers’ Association (SLELTA) International Conference, February 2017 (with Hettiarachchi, S. and Walisundara, D.)

     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

     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.)

     Developing and Validating a Sinhala Phonology Assessment for Children Aged between 3-6 Years, Speech and Language Therapy, Audiology and Disability Conference, December 2014 (with Hettiarachchi, S.)

     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.)

     Snap shots of phonological disorder in Sinhala and Sri Lankan Tamil- speaking children – Presentation at the National Conference of General Linguistics, December 2013 (with Hettiarachchi, S., Rajapakse, R.M. W., Rassool, R., Nonis, D., Saleem, S., Wajid A., Wanniarachchi, M. )

     Documenting dialect variation in Sri Lankan sign language – Presentation at the National Conference of General Linguistics, December 2013 (with Hettiarachchi, S.)

     Accessing tertiary education: expectations and realities for students experiencing disabilities – Journal of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Vol. 3, 2014 and Presentation at the Annual Research Symposium/Faculty of Graduate Studies/ University of Kelaniya – November 2013 (With Hettiarachchi, S. & Attanayake L. D., Walisundera, D.)

     The use of the whole class Colourful Semantics approach with children experiencing hearing loss in Sri Lanka, Presentation at 3rd International Conference on Sign Linguistics and Deaf Education in Asia – February 2013 (With Hettiarachchi, S., Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya)

     Explicit Instructional Techniques Used in Teaching Vocabulary through Reading- Presentation and publication - The Annual Research Symposium/Faculty of Graduate Studies/ University of Kelaniya – November 2012

     A study on the effectiveness of using traditional stories within a multi-sensory approach as part of a whole-class vocabulary enrichment programme with children with hearing loss in Sri Lanka, Presentation at 11th Asia Pacific Congress on Deafness, Singapore – July 2012 (With S. Hettiarachchi, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya)

     ‘Story Boxes’: A pilot study on the efficacy of using traditional stories within a multi-sensory approach as part of a whole-class vocabulary enrichment programme with children with learning difficulties in Sri Lanka, CICE 2012 Proceedings, p. 390- 394 – Presentation and paper submission at Canada International Conference on Education – June 2012

    (With S. Hettiarachchi, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya)

     ‘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 5th Annual Research Conference, Royal Asiatic Society – March 2012 (With S. Hettiarachchi, 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, 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.)

     When to Teach What: A Study of Natural Order of L2 Morpheme Acquisition, (Journal Article) Golden Jubilee Commemorative Volume, University of Kelaniya, 2009

     Proposed Checklist for Regularizing English Tuition in Sri Lanka, SLELTA Quarterly - 2009

     Register Variation in Sri Lankan English- Presentation at the Post Graduate Institute of English, The Open University, Research Forum, December 2007

     When to Teach What: A Study of Natural Order of L2 Morpheme Acquisition –Presentation at the Annual Symposium of Graduate Research (presentation only) – 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 (With Rassool, R.)

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