Dr. Udara de Silva
Dr. Udara de Silva

Contact:

Department:                            Department of Modern Languages

University Location:              (Room Number) K16 001

University Address:               Department of Modern Languages,

                                                    University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

Telephone:                               (Office) +94-11-2-903721 / (Extension) 724

E-mail:                                        udaradesilva@kln.ac.lk / desilvaudara@yahoo.com



Educational Qualification:

  • Ph.D. Graduate School of Language & Society, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan 2015.
  • M.A. Graduate School of Language & Society, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan 2012.
  • M.A. in Linguistics, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 2004/2005.
  • B.A. (General) Degree, First Class Honors, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka 2004.

Teaching Experience:

  • Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, September 2008.
  • Junior Fellow, Department of Modern Languages, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, May
  • Temporary Assistant Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, May 2005.
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, August 2004.
  • Visiting Instructor of the Diploma Programme in Business English, English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU), University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka (March 2006- April 2007, November 2007- November 2008).
  • Visiting Instructor, General English Language Teaching (GELT) Course, conducted by the English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU), University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka (Gampaha District- 2002).

Research and Publications:

  • de Silva, U.I., Language learning motivation: A case study of Sri Lankan JFL students in the university level. 2014, Gensha, 9, 418-432.
  • de Silva, U.I., Language learning motivation and achievement: Sri Lankan university students of Japanese as a foreign language. 2015, Hitotsubashinihongokyoikukenkyu, 3, 61-72.
  • Japanese Language Text Book, Advanced Level, prescribed text books for G.C.E.-A/L Examination.

  Oral Presentations:

  • de Silva, U.I.,Japanese Language Education in Sri Lanka: A Critical Analysis of the Past, Present and Future, Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies, University of Kelaniya, 2005.
  • de Silva, U.I.,Japanese Language Studies at Sri Lankan Universities: How important is Subject Benchmarking, Proceedings of the “International Symposium” on issues and challenges of the 21st Century, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka ,2006.
  • de Silva, U.I., Why do Sri Lankan Students Study Japanese: Motivation in Learning Japanese Language, 5th Educational Seminar, Japanese Language Teacher’s Association of Sri Lanka, 2012.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Japanese Language Proficiency, Level 1 (2004, 2010).
  • Teacher Training, Japan Foundation, 2010.
  • Japanese Language Certificate, Soka University, Japan 2002.
  • President, Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of Sri Lanka. (2008/ 2009)
  • Member of the Panel for the revision of Japanese Syllabus for G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination, 2009.

Scholarships & Awards:

  • Tsukada Memorial Award for the best Master’s thesis by a foreign student, Graduate School of Language & Society, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan, 2012.
  • Monbukagakusho scholarship awarded by the Japanese Government for Post Graduate Studies, 2010.
  • Grant by the Japan Foundation for the participation in the Short-term Teacher Training Programme conducted by the Japan Foundation Japanese Language Institute, Kita-Urawa, Japan, 2010
  • Association of International Education Japan (AIEJ) scholarship to participate in the Student Exchange Programme at Soka University, Tokyo, Japan, 2001.

Research Interests:

  • Motivation in learning second/foreign languages
  • Second Language Acquisition Studies
  • Japanese language education in Sri Lanka
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