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University Grants Commission - Sri Lanka

Teaching of English as a Second Language

Terms of Reference


Background

The Commission at its 837th meeting held on 03/11/2011 having considered the memo on Terms of Reference of the Standing Committee on the Teaching of English decided to recast the purpose and the functions of the Standing Committee.

Accordingly, the Standing Committee on the Teaching of English at its 65th meeting held on 18th July 2012 having discussed the Terms of Reference of the Standing Committee and recommended the same for the approval of the Commission.

Purpose

To provide a consultative forum for deliberations on matters related to learning, teaching, research and staffing in the universities of Sri Lanka, with particular reference to the requirements of the teaching of English Language as a second language for undergraduates and make recommendations to the Commission for consideration and approval, if required.

Accordingly, the name of the Standing Committee is changed as “Standing Committee on Teaching of English as a Second Language”.

Functions

  • Initiate actions on policy directives issued by the UGC/ Ministry of Higher Education from time to time and take steps to implement prescribed initiatives, programmes and activities at university/campus/institute level.
  • Evaluate proposals submitted by Universities/Institutes with respect to curricular reforms and curricular for Teaching Programme for English as a second language for undergraduate
  • Assist in the formulation and dissemination of policies, practise and procedures
  • Frame guidelines for teaching programme for English as a second  language to  undergraduate degree programmes, namely,
    1. Ways and means of evaluating need and demand,
    2. Determine relevant competencies in English language & communication skills in demand (as assessed through market surveys) and recommend the credit & University Test Of English Language benchmark (UTEL) for teaching English as a second language specific to the respective study programmes.
    3. Scope & structure of the teaching & training programme, (English for Specific Purpose - ESP )specific for the respective study programmes (suited for requirements of each Faculty)
    4. Courses and intended learning outcomes, and contents for course modules and
    5. Assessment & Evaluation procedures

Membership

I.  Member of UGC, nominated by Chair, UGC (as the Chairperson)

II.  Secretary to Standing Committee, nominated by UGC

III. Heads of English Language Teaching Units/Centers (ELTUs/ELTCs)

IV. Three to four members of Senior Academic Staff with expertise in the discipline of teaching of English, appointed by the UGC

V. Director/PGIE

 

Note : Chairperson in concurrence with the membership may invite any other person as and when required to obtain views, opinions and advice on matters of importance placed before the Standing Committee.


 

Members Information

Membership Name Designation University/ HEI
Chairman Prof. A K W Jayawardane Commission Member/ Chairman to the Standing committee University Grants Commission
Secretary Ms. CJ Wijesinghe Deputy Secretary/Academic Affairs University Grants Commission
Members
Prof. Sarath Amunugama Consultant HETC
Dr. H.S. Rambukwella Director PGIE
Dr. (Ms.) Shashinie Thenabadu Head/ DELT/ Faculty of Arts University of Colombo
Mr. M. Salgado / Head/ ELTU University of Peradeniya
Mr. Sanath Gunawardena Head/ Dept. of Lang./ Fac. of Engi. University of Moratuwa
Mr. Hasitha Pathirana Head/ DELT/ Faculty of Humanities University of Kelaniya
Dr. Ramani Jayasinghe Head/ DELT/ Faculty of Humanities University of Kelaniya
Mr. P.B. Sampath Pushpakumara Head/ DELT/ Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Dr. K. Sivaji Head/ ELTU University of Jaffna
Mr. K.S.G.S. Nishantha Head/ DELT/ Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences University of Ruhuna
Dr. S. Umashankar Head/ ELTU Eastern University, Sri Lanka
Mr. R.M. Dhanapala Head/ DELT/ Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Rajarata University of Sri Lanka
Mr. D.A Wehella Head/ DELT/ Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Rajarata University of Sri Lanka
Dr. A.M.M. Navaz Head/ DELT/ Faculty of Arts & Cult. South Eastern University of Sri Lanka
Dr. G. Jayaseelan Head/ DELT/ Fac. Of Business Studies University of Vavuniya
Dr. Anoma Satharasinghe Head/DELT /Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences The Open University of Sri Lanka
Ms. Sumudu Embogama Head/ ELTU University of the Visual & Performing Arts
Dr. K.M. Dissanayake Head/ DELT/ Faculty Of Business Studies Wayamba University of Sri Lanka
Dr G.H. Abeyweera Head/DELT Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka
Dr. Romola Rassool Snr.Lecturer/ Dept. of English Language Teaching University of kelaniya
Dr. K.V. Dhanapala Head/ Dept. of Lang. Sri Palee Campus
Prof. S.A.M.A.N.S. Senanayake Director/ IQAU Open University of Sri Lanka