Emeritus Prof. Ryhana Raheem
- B.A. (Hons.) University of Ceylon, Peradeniya. Sri Lanka.
- PhD (Sociolinguistics) University of Leeds, Leeds, England
Professional Membership / Affiliation
- International Consultant (Research), National Education Commission of Pakistan. Islamabad, Pakistan (2003 – 2006).
- Member, Executive Council, AsiaTEFL Organisation, Seoul, Korea.( 2002- to date)
- Member, Committee for Communication and Education, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Gland, Switzerland. ( 1994- 2002)
- Member, Public Service Commission of Sri Lanka.(2002 -2005).
- Member, Standing Committee on English, University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka ( 2000 – to date)
- Project Director, Test of English Proficiency for the IRQUE Project ( 2009)
- Consultant/Advisor, British Council Project for Development of University English Language Teaching.( 2000- 2004)
- Member, Ethics Committee of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. ( 2002 – 2008)
- Co-Director, Project to establish Computer-based Testing of English, Open University of Sri Lanka.( 2000- 2003)
- Chairperson, Sri Lanka English Language Teachers Association ( 2002 – 2004)
- Chair, Sri Lanka Chapter of the International Corpus of English. ( 2002 – 2006)
- Representative of the Senate, Council of the Open University of Sri Lanka. (2003 – 2006)
- Consultant for English, Post-Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka.( 2001 – 2003)
University of Colombo:
- A Course in Writing English. (1989)- for the Faculty of Arts.
- Reading and Study Skills for Science (1980 – 1990).-for the Faculty of Science
- Grammar and Writing for Medicine (1985 – 1990)- for the Faculty of Medicine.
- Reading and Study Skills for Medicine (1985 – 1990)
- English for Careers. Part 1.
Open University of Sri Lanka.
Coursebooks for Language Proficiency
- Course in English for Technology .
- Course in English for Science
- Course in English for Nursing.
- English for Legal Studies.
- Certificate Course in Basic English.
- Certificate Course in Professional English.
Coursebooks for Literature
- Introduction to Drama.
- A Guide to English Poetry: The Sonnets of John Donne.
- The Odes of John Keats.
- An Introduction to Stylistics.
- Teaching Language &Literature: Part II:Teaching Literature.
- A Guide to Bertolt Brecht’s “ The Caucasian Chalk Circle”
- The Poetry of Philip Larkin- A Guide.
- Harold Pinter’s “The Dumb Waiter” – A Guide.
Coursebooks in Advanced Language Skills
- A Course in Advanced Writing.
- A Course in Advanced Reading.
- Research Communication
- Language and Style in Journalism.
- The History and Development of the English Language.
- English for Special Purposes
Research Publications (After 2000) :
- “Changing Times, Changing Attitudes: History of English Education in Sri Lanka” (with Dinali Devendra).
- AsiaTEFL publication. 2007.
- “Configuring the Mosaic: Investigating Language Use and Attitude in Sri Lanka.” in ‘English in the Multilingual Environment: Proceedings of the 3rd SLELTA International Conference.Colombo. Sri Lanka” Ed: H V. Ratwatte and S.Herath. SLELTA. Colombo. 2006.
- “Visible Strategies: Invisible Results: Language Policy and Planning in Sri Lanka. (with H. Ratwatte). (2004)
- in S. Mansoor, S, Meraj and A Tahir ( eds.) Language Policy, Planning and Practice –A South Asian Perspective. Karachi. Oxford University Press.
- “English Language Teaching in Sri Lanka: Future Perfect? (2004)
- in. R Raheem and A Hamlyn (eds): Innovation in English Language Teaching: Proceedings of the 2nd SLELTA International Conference. The British Council. Colombo.
- “Gender & Language Learning at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medicine” (March 2004)
- Proceedings of the 9th National Convention on Women’s Studies. Centre for Womens Research. Colombo. CENWOR.
- “International Language Assessment and Local Performance: the Case of the Post-Graduate Institute of Medicine”. (with V. Medwattegedera and G.Mithapala).(2006)
- OUSL Journal. Open University of Sri Lanka.Nawala, Sri Lanka. In Press..
- “Regional Variation in English Language Proficiency and its implication for Language Planning (with H Ratwatte) (2001)
- in D. Hayes (ed.) Teaching English: Possibilities & Opportunities. Proceedings of the First SLELTA International Conference. Colombo.The British Council.
Presentations at Conferences and Seminars (After 2000).
- Establishing Benchmarks in Academic English: the Sri Lankan Experience. Paper presented at the 7th AsiaTEFL Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, August 2009
- “The Road not taken: Language Policy and English Education in Sri Lanka. Invitational Address. Roanoke College, Salem, West Virginia, USA. September 2007
- “The Good ELT Teacher: Perspectives from a Sri Lankan Context” Plenary Address at the 5th SLELTA International Conference. Maharagama, Colombo,August. 2008.
- ‘Parrot or Peacock? Defining Professionalism for ELT in Asia” Plenary Address at the Hornby Regional School. Kalutara. August 2007.
- “Investigating Teacher Contribution to Academic performance” Plenary Address, English for Schools Conference. Colombo. August 2006.
- “Compliance or Deviation? Investigating English Medium Instruction in Sri Lankan Universities”. Paper presented at the Invitational Symposium on ‘English Medium Universities in Asia’. University of Hong Kong. June 2006.
- “ELT in the Universities” – Plenary Paper presented at the Conference on ‘Enhancing University English’, Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies. Colombo. June 2006.
- Workshop on “Writing a Research Proposal” –Workshops organized for academic staff of Pakistan universities by the National Committee for English. Higher Education Commission. Karachi, Pakistan. May 2006.
- “The Challenges of Change: English, Social identity and the ESL Teacher” Plenary presentation at the Conference on“Language, Culture and Identity: Issues and Challenges”. Aga Khan University, Karachi. Pakistan. July 2005.
- “Top-Down or Bottom Up? Investigating Responses to Changes to English Language Policy in Sri Lanka.” November 2004. Featured Presentation. 2nd AsiaTEFL International Conference. Seoul, Korea.
- The Language of Advertising in Sri Lanka: An investigation of code-switching between English and Sinhala, English and Tamil in print and electronic media. (With Lal Medawattegedera) (Sept. 2004)
- Presentation at the 3rd SLELTA International Conference. Colombo. Sri Lanka. “Establishing Computer-based Testing of English: Issues and Concerns” ( with S.Wijesinghe).
- Inaugural Annual Academic Sessions. Open University of Sri Lanka. Nawala, Sri Lanka. November 2003
- “Writing Abstracts” Workshop. 2nd SLELTA International Conference. Colombo. Sri Lanka. August 2002.
- “Establishing Computer-based Testing of English: the Open University Experience”. ( with H. Ratwatte and S. Wijesinghe.) 2nd SLELTA International Conference. August 2002.
- “Teaching Speech and Listening” (with M.Gunasekera). British Council EAP Conference, Kandy, Sri Lanka.March 2001.
- “English in Sri Lanka” ( with M.Gunasekera) Regional Meeting of British Council Representatives. Kandalama, Sri Lanka. May 2001.
- “The ‘Academic’ in “Academic Purposes” British Council ESP Conference .Colombo, Sri Lanka. August 2000
- “Teaching Writing” Workshop. 1st SLELTA International Conference, Colombo. Sri Lanka. 2000.