Priyanvada (Priya) Abeywickrama received her M.A. in Applied Linguistics/TESL from Iowa State University and her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
A native of Sri Lanka, Professor Abeywickrama began as an ESL instructor at the University of Colombo, where she was involved in teaching, curriculum development and materials design. She has taught college level writing both in Sri Lanka and in the U.S. In addition, she has taught TESL methods and language assessment in a variety of contexts, including in the MATESOL program at California State University, Los Angeles, and for the U.S. State Department sponsored Uzbek Teacher Training Program.
Professor Abeywickrama’s research combines her interests in language assessment with issues in second language literacy. A secondary area of her research is discourse analysis in codeswitching. She frequently presents her research at the annual conferences of International TESOL, the American Association for Applied Linguistics, and the Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC).
Professor Abeywickrama is co-editor of TESOL’s Applied Linguistics Interest Section forum and is co-author with H. D. Brown of Language Assessment: Principles and Classroom Practices, 2nd ed. (Pearson, 2010).
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, and traveling.