Department of Education
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I am an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Applied Linguistics in the Department of Education. I joined the Department in January 2019. Before joining York, I worked at King’s College London and Lancaster University. Prior to coming to the UK, I worked at Kotelawala Defence University and in several government schools in Sri Lanka.
I have a PhD in Applied Linguistics and an MA in TESOL, both from Lancaster University. I also have an MA in Linguistics from Kelaniya University, Sri Lanka and a BA from Peradeniya University, Sri Lanka. I hold both Cambridge DELTA and CELTA.
I teach a range of modules in bachelor’s and master’s programmes and supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
I’m also the Chair of the Exceptional Circumstances affecting Assessment Committee in the Department.
My main research interest is in the area of Second Language Acquisition (SLA). I am interested in investigating cognitive aspects of language processing as well as topics related to Instructed Second Language Acquisition (ISLA). I also work with teachers, teacher educators and policy planners on research and teacher education projects such as English language education and inclusive practices.
The following are some of the recent projects I have worked on:
Nadhee Peries (Completed): Streamlining identification practices of dyslexia among primary school children in Sri Lanka
Jeehaan Terngano: Saudi migrant children’s motivation to learn English in the UK and its relationship with their bilingual family language policy and practices
Jie Rao: Learning Chinese as a second/foreign Language in the UK and in China: A comparison of the motivation and influencing factors among adult learners
I am an editorial board member of the Language Testing journal.
I am a reviewer for several journals including: