Professor Neelakshi Premawardhena
Professor Neelakshi Premawardhena

Contact:

Department of Modern Languages
(Room Number) K16 402
Department of Modern Languages
University of Kelaniya
Sri Lanka


Tel: (Office) +94-11-2-903721 / (Extension) 722
E-mail: hsirisena53@gmail.com/ sirisena53@yahoo.com

Educational Qualification:

  • B.A. (Kelaniya)
  • M.Phil.(Kelaniya)
  • Ph.D (Siegen)
  • Deutschlehrer Dipl.(Munich)

Research and Publications:

  • 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. /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

  • Ch. Premawardhena, N. DaF-Unterricht in Sri Lanka, interkulturelle Aspekte und Interferenz

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

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

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