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Menaka Ediriweera

Menaka Ediriweera

Student Learning Developer (English Language)

Qualifications: B.A. (Otago), MA (Applied) (Waikato)

About Menaka

I am a Learning Developer (English Language) at the Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning (CeTTL) – Te Puna Ako. As a part of the English language development team, I carry out writing and speaking assessments for testing purposes1 and 1:1 grammar sessions to help students with their writing. I also facilitate conversation groups (f2f & via Zoom) to help improve listening, speaking, pronunciation & presentation skills.

My most recent project has been the development of the new Student Learning website, where content-creation was carried out in collaboration with others in the Student Learning team:

https://www.waikato.ac.nz/teaching-and-learning/student-learning

I have worked at two universities in supervisory management roles in relation to student computing services and libraries. I actively encourage learner autonomy, by creating and linking Open Educational Resources (OERs) for eLearning and mLearning for English language students.

Research Interests

Publications and projects:

Pathways College Pronunciation Exercises -
https://www.waikato.ac.nz/pathways/about-us/resource-centre/pronunciation-exercises-for-english-language-learners

Ediriweera, M., Howell, E., & White, C. (2013). 'Say again?': In-house, online, self-access pronunciation activities for ESOL students. In M. Hobbs. & K. Doffs (Eds.), ILAC Selections; 5th Independent Learning Association Conference 2012 (pp. 84-86). Christchurch, New Zealand: Independent Learning Association.

Work in Progress- SiSAL Journal, Volume 5, Number 2, June 2014
§ “Say Again?” An In-house, Online, Self-access Pronunciation Project for ESOL Students by Menaka Ediriweera, Liz Howell, and Caroline White (143-152) [full text] [PDF]

http://sisaljournal.org/issues/

http://sisaljournal.org/archives/june14/ediriweera_howell_white/