Advanced Certificate in Sinhala as a Second Language

This programme focuses on developing the four major language skills, viz. listening, speaking, reading and writing and also the appropriate use of grammar. The programme also pays special attention to the needs of employees in the public sector and private sector who wish to improve their communication skills in Sinhala, in order that they may function more efficiently at their places of work. A variety of exercises, tasks and activities have been designed following the communicative method of language teaching. This has been especially designed for those whose first language is Tamil.


➢ The study pack includes printed course materials and audio materials.
➢ This programme has been designed for self-study but is supported by weekend classroom sessions of 2 hours conducted at the Regional/ selected Study Centres.

The evaluation scheme consists of 2 Continuous Assessment Tests at regular intervals, and a Final Examination (Written & Oral). The CA component is mandatory.

Programme Code :
Programme Category :
Advanced Certificate Programme
Conducted by :
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Programme duration :
Minimum 1 years
Medium :
Sinhala / Tamil / English

1.   Age Limit: Above 18 years

• Credit pass or above in Sinhala as a Second Language at G.C.E. (O/L) Examination in the old syllabus/ new syllabus, or
• Successfully completed the Basic course in Sinhala conducted by the OUSL, or
• Successfully completed the Certificate in Sinhala as a Second Language conducted by the OUSL, or
• Obtained a credit (C) passes in the language proficiency test (Part I, Part II, Part III) conducted by the Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration, or
• An equivalent or higher educational and professional qualification acceptable to the Senate.

Accepting on-line Applications:
Closing Date for Applications:
Programme Registration date:
Programme Commencing Date:

Local Students

Registration fee Rs. 500.00
University Facility fee Rs. 2500.00
Tuition fee Rs. 880.00 (per credit)

Overseas Students

• Registration fee : US$ 100.00 per year

Tuition fee (Developed Countries) US$ 20.00 (per credit)
Tuition fee (Developing Countries) US$ 10.00 (per credit)

This Advanced certificate programme is conducted by the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Address :

Department of Language Studies, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda.

Contact :
011 2881035, 0112881428, 0112881124, 0112881000
Email :
The Open University of Sri Lanka
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