Mr. Herath received his BA in Sinhala (Second Class Upper Division) in 1986 from
the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He is currently working on his MA and Ph.D.
in Sinhala at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka under the direction of Professor
Mr. Herath has received training in teaching Sinhala to non-native speakers through
the Peace Corps in Sri Lanka, and at the Center for the Applied Linguistics in
Washington, D.C. Since 1987 he has taught Sinhala as a second language through his
annual participation in the Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (I.S.L.E.) Sinhala
program, the South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) at the University of
Wisconsin, Madison, and the Fulbright Study Program.
He has also assisted in developing a Sinhala competency based text book and
curriculum and has recently complied an English Sinhala dictionary with Sinhala
transliterations, reading text books and a book to learn the Sinhala script.