Dr.Chandeera Padmaprabha Gunawardena
Dr.Chandeera Padmaprabha Gunawardena


Department:                          Department of Modern Languages

University Location:             (Room Number) K16 

University Address:              Department of Modern Languages,
                                                   University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Telephone:                              (Office) +94-11-2-914494 

E mail:                                      chandeera@kln.ac.lk

Personal website:                 chandeeragun.wixsite.com/linguistics

Educational Qualification:

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship | University of York, UK  2020-2021
  • PhD | University of York, UK  2016–2020
  • MPhil | University of Kelaniya 2012–2014
  • MA | Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris iii 2007–2008
  • BA | Université d'Angers, France 2004–2007
  • Diplôme d'études universitaires générales | Université d'Angers, France 2004–2006
  • BA | University of Kelaniya 2000–2004

Teaching Qualifications:

  • York Teaching and Learning Awards | University of York
  • HEA accredited Level-7 programme (Master’s Level) in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • Habilitation des examinateurs et des correcteurs DELF (A1-B2), CIEP

Higher Education Fellowships:

Academic Employment:

  • Lecturer |University of Kelaniya 2021
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow |University of York, UK 2020 - 2021
  • Research Assistant |University of York, UK Jan - Aug 2020
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant |University of York, UK 2017 - 2019
  • Tutor (Part-time) in French |Cactus Language Centre, Leeds 2016 - 2017
  • Teacher (Part-time) | Alliance Française de Kotte 2012 - 2014
  • Lecturer (Probationary), Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya 2010
  • Visiting lecturer, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka 2007 - 2008

Grants & Scholarships:

  • Humanities Research Centre Postdoctoral Fellowship| University of York, UK 2020-2021
  • Research and Conference Grants| University of York, UK 2018-2019
  • Research and Conference Grants| University of Konstanz, Germany June 2019
  • PG research Grants| University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka 2016-2019

Membership in Professional Organizations:

  • Linguistic Association of Great Britain
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom

Resource Person for Conferences:

  • Abstract Reviewer| Postgraduate Academic Researchers in Linguistics at York Conference 2021
  • Abstract Reviewer | 14th International Research Conference, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University
  • Session Chair |2016 Conference on Tense, Aspect and Modality in L2, University of York

Professional Consultancy:

  • Member of the advisory committee for revising the G.C.E. (Ordinary Level) French Language syllabus, Sri Lanka 2014 - 2015
  • Member of the advisory committee for revising the G.C.E. (Advanced Level) French Language, Sri Lanka 2014 - 2015


  • Gunawardena, C. (2021).Unlearning of the verb movement parameter in second language acquisition task [Paper presentation]. Rajarata University International Symposium on English Language Teaching, Sri Lanka
  • Gunawardena, C. (2021). Measuring implicit and explicit grammatical knowledge in second language acquisition [Paper presentation].15th LangUE conference. University of Essex, UK
  • Gunawardena, C. (2021). Multilingual transfer: L1 morphosyntax in L3 French. [Paper presentation]. Linguistics and English Language Conference, University of Edinburgh, UK.
  • Gunawardena, C., & Marsden, H. (2019). Object clitics in third language acquisition [Paper presentation]. L3workshop: Multilingual Language Acquisition, Processing and Use,Universität Konstanz, Germany.
  • Gunawardena, C. (2019). Acquisition of object pronouns in English second language acquisition [Paper presentation].The Manchester Forum in Linguistics,Manchester  

Peer-Reviewed Publications :

  • Gunawardena, C. (in press). Acquisition of the Verb Movement Parameter in French by Adult English Speakers. Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities.
  • Gunawardena, C. (2021). First language transfer in the acquisition of English object pronouns by Sri Lankan EFL learners. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Gunawardena. C. (2018). Object clitics in French second language acquisition. ConSOLE XXVI Proceedings, University of Leiden. 
  • Gunawardena. C. (2015). An error analysis of pronunciation by French learners in Sri Lanka.       Journal of the Faculty of Humanities, 8(2), 40-55. University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. 
  • Gunawardena. C. (2015). French and Sinhala word phonology: A contrastive study. Journal of the Faculty of Humanities, 8(3), 20-35. University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.  
  • Gunawardena. C. (2013). Medieval French literature. Journal of the Faculty of Humanities, 6(3) 20-35. University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. 

Technical Skills:

         R, SPSS, R, PsychoPy

Research Interest:

I work primarily in second language (L2) and third language (L3) acquisition, focussing on the L2/L3 acquisition of phenomena at the syntax–semantics interface, with a special interest in the L3 acquisition of French and other European languages.

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