About English Language Teaching Unit

The English Language Teaching Unit of the Faculty of Science (ELTU/ Science) was established to improve the standard of English among students in the Faculty of Science in the University of Peradeniya.

Prior to 1986, the ELTU functioned as a sub department of the Department of English of the University of Peradeniya. Two teachers were assigned to the Faculty of Science by the Department of English to conduct an eight-week intensive course for the newly enrolled students. Ongoing programs were also conducted for special students upon the request of the departments.

In 1986 the ELTU – Faculty of Science was established as an independent unit, headed by a coordinator. In the subsequent years ongoing English courses were setup for both General and Special Degree students.

In 1997 the ELTU/ Science initiated a certificate course in English (English for Academic Purposes) for second year students, at the end of which certificates were awarded to students who successfully completed the course.

In 2001, with the introduction of the course Unit System, English was made compulsory for students. At present, in addition to teaching English within the faculty, the ELTU also prepares postgraduate students and members of the academic staff for TOEFL and IELTS examinations.