Ms. Mihiri Ianthi Jansz


Post Graduate Institute of English
Lecturer (Probationary)

Central Campus, Postgraduate Institute of English, OUSL, P.O. Box 21, Nawala, Nugegoda

Office: +94112 853 777, Ext: 633


I have been a member of staff of the PGIE since 2013, having graduated from the same in 2011.I teach on a number of the MA in TESL programme courses including Applied Linguistics, Teaching Grammar and the Four skills and Technology in ELT.  

Areas of Specialization:

Applied Linguistics

Research interests:

Technology in ELT, language choice, plagiarism, language and identity.




Member, panel of experts that conceived and prepared “Step by Step: A UTEL examination preparation guide".

Programme Coordination:


Course Coordination:

ELP1101 Teaching Grammar and the four Skill, ELP1102 Curriculum and Materials Design, ELP1103 Technology in ELT, ELP1104 Management in ELT, ELP1105 Teacher Development and Supervision, ELP1201 Applied Linguistics, ELP 1202 Issues and Developments in Methodology, ELP1203 Testing and Evaluation, ELP1301 Psycho-Socio Context of Teaching/ Learning in Sri Lanka, ELP2101 Research Methods, ELP 2102 Research Communication, ELP1302 Portfolio, ELP2601 Dissertation



Speech task accomplishment in the task based second language teaching classroom: What is the role of language choice? In H. Ratwatte (Ed) Vistas Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences Volume 7 & 8 (20011/2012)

An empirical view of the use of film in the film in the ELT classroom. In Walisundara and Jayasinghe (Eds.), Two hundred years of English language use in Sri Lanka:  Trajectories of language, literature and pedagogy. Selected papers from the 6th International Conference of the Sri Lanka English Language Teachers’ Association. (pp. 143 -148). Colombo: SLELTA (2012)

Language choice by university students during collaborative task interaction. SLELTA Quarterly  9(2) (2010)

Conference Presentations

(Co-presented with Sari, N.) Perspectives on Plagiarism in Asia: An exploratory comparative study in Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Paper presented at the International Postgraduate Research Conference at University of Kelaniya. (2015, December)

Exploring Student Perspectives of Alternative Assessment

at Postgraduate Level Study. Paper presented at the Annual Academic Sessions of the Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Sri Lanka (2015, November)

(Co-presented with Gunawardena, S.J.) Teacher 2.0: Does the language teacher need to upgrade?. Paper presented at the 8th International SLELTA conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka. (2014, October)

(Co-presented with Gunawardena, S.J) A framework for evaluating second language teachers’ expertise in using technology for teaching/learning purposes. Paper presented at the12th Asia TEFL/23rd MELTA  International Conference, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. (2014, August)

Implications of language choice in the English as a second language classroom: A cross sectional study.  Paper presented at the Research Symposium of English Language Studies, ELTU, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. (July, 2014)

Language choice and its motivations during speech task interactions. Paper presented at the 11th Asia TEFL International Conference, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines (October ,2013)

An empirical view of the use of film in the ELT classroom. Paper presented the at  Sixth International SLELTA Conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka (September, 2010)

Ongoing Research:
  • The problem of being native: an exploration of Sri Lankan first language English speaker identities.
  • A study of teacher cognition and perceptions of grammar instruction among English language teachers in Sri Lanka. 
Research Supervisions:

MA Research (co-supervision):


1. V. Jokesweran – Evaluation of the impact of collaborative writing on writing tasks in an ESL secondary writing context in Sri Lanka.

2. W.S.A. Fernando -Role of tasks that focus on form, in SL development.


1. I. Anushika – How do teachers’ beliefs on interaction in the ESL classroom impinge on learners’ interaction behavior?

2. N. Weerasinghe – The impact of computer based activities on secondary level ESL students’ writing and reading achievements.

3. H.K.P.D.S. Gunesekera –  Towards a Sri Lankan framework of reference: exploring English language needs in business contexts

4. L. Ramanan -The impact of CALL on foreign language writing anxiety


'Trail in the Words of an Ordinary Citizen' in “The Nation” of  14 August 2011 

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