The Department of Language Studies (LSD) offers a range of academic programmes that can cater to the needs of diverse group of students. It is committed to offering high quality programmes in the Distance Education mode utilizing innovative modes of teaching. In relation to English, the courses on offer are structured so that students can commence their studies with minimal levels of competence and proceed to a BA in English and English Language Teaching. The Department is also committed to serving the English language needs of all students registered for diverse undergraduate degrees at the OUSL. In recent times, we have also focused attention on enhancing learning opportunities for the two national languages of Sri Lanka: Sinhala and Tamil. The LSD thus offers a range of courses that are relevant to the Sri Lankan context with flexible and affordable avenues of learning where students can achieve professional, social and national goals.