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Teaching of English as a Second Language

Terms of Reference


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.


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”.


  • 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


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. Mohan de Silva Chairman/ UGC & Chairman to the Standing Committee UGC
Secretary Mrs. Thilini Jayathilake Assistant Secretary/Academic Affairs University Grants Commission
Prof. Sarath Amunugama Consultant/ HETC
Dr. H.S. Rambukwella Director Postgraduate Institute of English
Ms. Savitri Dias Head/DELT/ Fac. 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
Dr. Kaushalya Perera Head/ DELT/ Fac. of Hum. University of Kelaniya
Mr. Sarath Ananda Head/ELTU University of Sri Jayawardenapura
Ms. Sivaji Head/ELTU University of Jaffna
Mr. K.S.G.S. Nishantha Head/ELTU University of Ruhuna
Dr. J. Kennedy Head/ELTU Eastern University, Sri Lanka
Mr. R.M. Dhanapala Head/DELT/ Fac. of Soc. Sc. & Hum. Rajarata University of Sri Lanka
Ms. Iromi Weerakoon Head/ DELT/ Fac. of Soc. Sc. & Lang. Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
Dr. A.M.M.  Navaz Head/ DELT/ Fac. of Arts & Cult. South Eastern University of Sri Lanka
Dr. G. Jayaseelan Head/ ELTU Vauniya Campus
Dr. K. Radhika M. de Silva Head/ Dept. of Lang. Stu./ Fac. Of Hum. & Soc. Sc. Open University of Sri Lanka
Ms. Ajantha Niroshani Head/ ELTU University of the Visual and Performing Arts
W.S.A. Fernando Coordinator/ ELTU Wayaba University of Sri Lanka

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