Namala Lakshmi Tilakaratna

Lecturer


Contact Information

Telephone: 6601 2137
Email: elcnlt@nus.edu.sg
Office: CELC #03-10 (10 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117511)
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Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (Linguistics), University of Sydney, Australia
  • Master of Letters (Applied Linguistics), Thesis and Coursework, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Grants/Awards

  • Teaching Enhancement Conference Grant (2017), Centre for the Development of Teaching Learning (CDTL), National University of Singapore
  • Research fellowship (June, 2017), the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook research, The University of Gottingen, Germany
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (2011-2014), Department of Education and Training, New South Wales, Australia

Research Affiliations

  • Associate Member, The Legitimation Code Theory Centre for Knowledge-building, University of Sydney

Research Interests

  • Systemic Functional Linguistics
  • Legitimation Code Theory
  • ESL, EAP and TESOL
  • Nations, nationalism and national identity

Publications


Book Chapter

  • Tilakaratna, N. & Szenes, E. (2020). (Un)critical reflection: Uncovering hidden values. In Winberg, C., McKenna, S., & Wilmot, K. Building Knowledge in Higher Education: Enhancing teaching and learning with Legitimation Code Theory. Routledge: UK.
  • Tilakaratna, N., Brooke, M., Monbec, L., Lau, L., Wu, V., Chan, Y. S. (2020). Insights into an interdisciplinary project on critical reflection in nursing: Using Systemic Functional Linguistic and Legitimation Code Theory to enhance SoTL research and practice. In Rachel C. Plews and Michelle L. Amos (eds). Evidence-Based Faculty Development Through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global.
  • Szenes, E., Tilakaratna, N., & Maton, K. (2015). The Knowledge Practices of ‘Critical Thinking’. In M. Davies, & R. Barnett (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Thinking in Higher Education (pp. 573-591). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Articles

  • Tilakaratna, N. & Szenes, E. (2020). Deconstructing critical reflection in social work and business: Negotiating emotions and opinions in reflective writing. Journal of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Brooke, M., Monbec, L., & Tilakaratna, N. (2019). The analytical lens: developing undergraduate students' critical dispositions in undergraduate EAP writing courses. Teaching in Higher Education, 24(3), 428-443.
  • Tilakaratna, N. L., Brooke, M., & Monbec, L. (2019). Reflecting writing across the disciplines: Challenging Western critical thinking models in the Asian context. Asian Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 9(2).
  • Tilakaratna, N. (2016). Teaching the Nation: Recontextualized National Identity in Sri Lankan English Language Textbooks. Eckert. Beitrage 2016/4. http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0220-2016-0082.
  • Tilakaratna, N., & Mahboob, A. (2012). Appraisal in the Time of Conflict: Coding evaluation through textual and contextual analysis, Linguistics and the Human Sciences, 8(1), 63-90.
  • Mahboob, A., & Tilakaratna, N. (2011). A Principles-based approach for English Language Teaching policies and practices', TESOL International Association, http://s3.amazonaws.com/TESOLwebsite/docs/may_2012/TESOL_Mahoob_Tilakaratna_whitepaperr.pdf.

Conference Proceedings

  • Tilakaratna, N. & Szenes, E. (2017). The linguistic construction of critical ‘self- reflection’ in social work and business. In P. Chapell, & J. Knox (Eds.), Transforming contexts: Papers from the 44th International Systemic Functional Congress.

Book Review


Research Projects


  • Project name: Reflecting in Undergraduate Nursing: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Embedding Critical Reflection in Undergraduate Nursing Practice (funded research project: SGD 16,400), CDTL Teaching Enhancement Grant). PI: Dr Namala Tilakaratna. CI: Dr. Mark Brooke, Laetitia Monbec, Dr Vivien Wu and Dr Lydia Lau from the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies.
  • Project name:  Critical thinking in applied disciplines, LCT Centre for Knowledge-building, University of Sydney (ongoing), Professor Karl Maton, (LCT Centre, USyd), Dr Namala Tilakaratna (CELC, NUS), Dr Eszter Szenes (Peace and War Centre, Norwich University) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.
  • Project name: Labelling affectual states in web forum text, 2012-2013, (funded research project AUD $100,000),  Defense Science and Technology Organization (DSTO), Department of Defense, Australia, Project team: Dr Shoshana Dreyfus (Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney), Dr Namala Tilakaratna (PhD candidate, Department of Linguistics, USyd) Tobin Bales (Masters candidate, Department of Linguistics, USyd).

Conferences Papers


  • Tilakaratna, N., Monbec L., & Brooke, M. (2019). Insights into an interdisciplinary project on critical reflection in Nursing. Higher Education Campus Conference (HECC) 2019. Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning, National University of Singapore.
  • Brooke, M., Monbec, L. & Tilakaratna, N. (2018). Theory for the reflective educational practitioner. Roundtable. The 8th Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference. Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning, National University of Singapore.
  • Tilakaratna, N., Monbec L., & Brooke, M. (2018). Knowledge-building and ELT: Using Legitimation Code Theory to teach Academic Literacy. 53rd RELC International Conference. 50 Years of English Language Teaching and Assessment – Reflections, Insights and Possibilities
  • Tilakaratna, N. (September, 2017). Pedagogical applications of LCT in the academic literacy classroom: Clusters and their function as persuasive strategies in social action blogs. Symposium on Teaching & Research on Academic Writing, Reading & Thinking. Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.
  • Tilakaratna, N. & Szenes, E. (July, 2017). ‘I confess and hope for redemption’: Axiological cosmologies in ‘self-reflective’ business and social work praxis. The 2nd Legitimation Code Theory Conference (LCTC2), LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney.
  • Tilakaratna, N. & Szenes, E. (July 2017). The linguistic construction of critical ‘self-reflection’ in social work and business. The 44th International Systemic Functional Linguistics Congress (ISFC), University of Wollongong. 
  • Szenes, E. & Tilakaratna, N. (November, 2017). “I comply but deeply resent being asked to do so”: Ethical considerations of assessing students’ reflective writing. 8APCEI – 8th Asia Pacific Conference on Educational Integrity, At University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Szenes, E., Tilakaratna, N. (2013) “Critical Thinking and Employment Readiness: The role of semantic waving in preparing students for life after university”, the 11th Biennial Conference of the Association for Academic Language and Learning, RMIT University, Melbourne
  • Tilakaratna, N. (2015). Reviving the nation: national identity in English language textbooks in Sri Lanka. the 42nd International Systemic Functional Congress (ISFC) RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany.
  • Szenes, E., Tilakaratna, N. (2013) “Critical Thinking and Employment Readiness: The role of semantic waving in preparing students for life after university”, The 11th Biennial Conference of the Association for Academic Language and Learning, RMIT University, Melbourne
  • Dreyfus, S., Tilakaratna, N., Bales, T. (2012) “Dealing with difficult emotions: exploring the limits and expanding the scope of the AFFECT network in SFL” Free Linguistics conference, University of Sydney.
  • Tilakaratna., N. (2011). Reclaiming English by ‘speaking English our way’: English language teaching policy and practice in Sri Lanka. The 17th International Association of World Englishes Conference, Monash University, Melbourne.
  • Tilakaratna., N. (2011. English as a Life Skill : English language teaching policy and practice in Sri Lanka. The 2nd Combined ALAA-ALANZ conference, The University of Canberra and The Australian National University, Canberra.
  • Raheem, R. and Tilakaratna N. (2010). EAP and the University Benchmarks: The Open University of Sri Lanka Experience. The 6th SLELTA (Sri Lanka English Language Teaching Association Conference), Colombo, Sri Lanka.