Welcome to the Extension Courses..

The Department of English, University of Colombo has been running several Extension Courses in English since 1983. The Diploma programs offered by the Extension Courses in English are designed for teachers, employed persons, and those seeking employment. These courses are conducted during weekends.



Following Diploma programmes will commence on 26th /27th of January 2019.

* Diploma in Advanced English for Administration and Academic Purposes (DAE)
Class sessions are as follows;
➢ Saturday Morning 8.00 a.m. to 12.15 p.m.
➢ Saturday Afternoon 1.00 p.m. to 5.15 p.m.
➢ Sunday Morning 8.00 a.m. to 12.15 p.m.

Students are required to attend the session for which they registered.


Class session will be 8.00 a.m. – 12.15 p.m.

Students are requested to be here 30 minutes before the session starts.

Your classroom allocation will be on the notice board at Room No 115 (First Floor), Office of the Extension Courses in English, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo.

Extension Courses in English - Department of English

Diploma in Advanced English for Administration and Academic Purposes (DAE)
The Diploma in Advanced English is a two-year programme, consisting of a Preliminary Year and Final Year. The course will introduce and reinforce advanced professional skills in the use of English. The course is suitable for those who want to develop their language skills for professional purposes. Employed persons and those who have completed their G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination are encouraged to apply. The Examinations will consist of a mandatory Continuous Assessment Test (CAT Examination), written papers in Listening, Reading and Writing, and an Oral Examination.

Diploma in English for Teachers of English (DETE)
Teachers of English Language and/or Literature attached to any schools in Sri Lanka, who are keen on improving their English with a view to developing their careers in English Language Teaching (ELT) are encouraged to apply. This is a two-year programme and the Diploma in English for Teachers of English will be awarded to those who complete Part I and II of the course successfully. The course will improve active participation in English language activities in Listening, Speech, Reading, Writing and Grammar. The Course is directly related to the work of the teacher in the classroom, and includes an introductory course in English Literature. The Examination consists of Continuous Assessment and written papers in Grammar and Composition, Reading Comprehension, Literature, a Listening Test and an Oral Examination.

Diploma in English for English Medium Instruction Teachers (DEEMIT)
Teachers who are English Medium Instructors or Teachers who hope to teach in the English Medium in Sri Lankan schools are encouraged to apply. DEEMIT Part I will consist of language enhancement in the skills of Speech, Reading, Writing, Listening and Grammar. DEEMIT Part II will consist of Practical Teaching Sessions. Each student will be required to teach a particular lesson or topic in English. This will be followed by a discussion amongst peers in the classroom, and an evaluation by the lecturer of the teacher’s performance.

The courses are two years of study comprising 320 hours of teaching. (Students who successfully pass the First Year Examinations will be able to Register and attend the Second-Year class sessions.)

Extension Courses Awards Ceremony