SUSL Staff Directory

Mrs. MDNMU Mahawattha

Senior Lecturer

utthara.mahawattha@gmail.com

Qualifications

 

  • Reading for PhD (University of Kelaniya/ Sri Lanka) 2016-2019
  • M (Phil) (University of Kelaniya) 2013
  • BA (Honours) (University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka) 2008
  • Certificate Course in Teaching in Higher Education (CTHE) 2013
  • English Trained (NIE) 2001

Profile

MDNMU Mahawattha is a Senior Lecturer attached to the Department of Marketing Management, Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (SUSL). Before she joined the university system, she worked as an Assistant Teacher of English in two state schools and as a Temporary Lecturer at Ruwanpura National College of Education (RNCOE), Sri Lanka. She is a doctoral candidate who has already submitted her thesis and is waiting for her VIVA at the FGS University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. She is an English language practitioner with an interest in how to develop academic literacy of undergraduates in English Medium Degree Programmes. Further, she is an activity coordinator of English Language Programmes in FMS, SUSL, which is funded by the World Bank and implemented by the Ministry of Higher Education of Sri Lanka.


Research Interests

  • Academic Literacy in English Medium Degree Programmes
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration of  Language Lecturers and Subject Lecturers  
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning
  • Bilingual Education
  • American Literature

 


Current Research Projects

  • The Impact of Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Developing Academic Literacy in English Medium Degree Programmes in Sri Lanka Higher Education (Nadee Mahawattha-SUSL, Romola Rassool-UoK and Ramal V. Coorey-UoC)
  • Lifting the lid on the “subtle, hidden and not open to discussion” aspects of English Medium Instruction (EMI): Academic Literacy in English Medium Degree Programmes (EMDPs) in Sri Lanka Higher Education (SLHE) (Nadee Mahawattha-SUSL and Romola Rassool-UoK)

Recent Publications

Mahawattha, MDNMU, (2019) “A Multi-level Descriptive Study on Undergraduates’ Academic Literacy in English Medium Degree Programmes” Second South Asia Conference on Multidisciplinary Research, Colombo, Sri Lanka, November 8th -9th 2019, pp.29

Mahawattha MDNMU, (2019) “The Medium of Instruction in Sri Lankan Universities: A Situation Analysis” “Vidurusanda”, Second Volume-2019 published by Ruwanpura National College of Education, Wellanduara, Kahawattha, Sri Lanka, pp. 293-303

Mahawattha MDNMU, (2017) “Theoretical and Empirical Literature on the Transition from the L1 Medium to the English Medium” International Research Symposium on English Language Studies 2017on “English as a Second Language: Knowledge, Learning and Production,” Teh Department of English Language Teaching, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, pp.27

Mahawattha MDNMU, (2016) “Teh Effect of a Bilingual Model Thematically Related to Nature and Tourism on a Group of Undergraduates in the Transition from the L1 Medium to the English Medium,” Teh Second International Conference on the Humanities - “New Directions in the Humanities :Our engagement with the Environment,” University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, pp. 92

Mahawattha MDNMU, (2015) “Relationship between Development of Second Language Proficiency and the Content Based Instructions/Teaching Materials” International Journal of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Nadee Mahawattha, (2013) “An Exploration of Identity in Terms of Ethnicity in the Novel “Teh House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros,” Teh Asian Conference on Arts and Culture 2013, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand, pp. 259-266, (ISBN: 978-616-296-028-4)

Mahawattha MDNMU, (2012) “Bilingual Education in Sri Lankan Schools: An Analysis of Difficulties in Speaking English Experienced by Students in Selected Schools in Sri Lanka,” Journal of Education and Vocational Research, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 107-114, Apr. 2012 (ISSN 221-259)

Mahawattha MDNMU, (2010) “Bilingual Education in Sri Lankan Schools: An Analysis of Difficulties in Speaking English Experienced by Students in Selected Schools in Sri Lanka,” Third International Symposium on New Horizons in Humanities & Sciences towards Sustainable Development, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, pp. 249