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Staff Profile

Dr Indu Vibha Meddegama

Senior Lecturer; Programme Lead - Postgraduate Languages and Linguistics

Indu Meddegama

BA (Peradeniya, Sri Lanka), MA (York St John University), PhD (Leeds), SFHEA

I am a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and TESOL in the School of Education, Language and Psychology.

In research, I work in the area of heritage language maintenance and shift, focussing specifically on the language practices of migrant families in English-dominant settings like England. Owing to this research interest of mine, I established and currently lead on a Community Language School that offers classes in languages other than English to children from Yorkshire.I would love to hear from you if you have questions about our MA provision or would like to apply for a PhD that considers home language policies and practices in migrant, multilingual communities or World Englishes.


I teach on a range of undergraduate and MA modules, whilst also acting as Programme Lead for the Taught MAs in TESOL, Language and Social Justice as well as the MRes in Applied Linguistics.

Module director and/or tutor:

  • Dissertation (BA and MA)
  • Key concepts for TESOL (BA)
  • World Englishes (BA)
  • Descriptive Grammar of English (BA)
  • Theory and Practice in Language Teaching (MA)

Professional Activities

Current: Member of the Wellbeing Strategy Working Group

Current: Member, Centre for Language and Social Justice, York St John University

Current: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.

Current: Member, British Association of Applied Linguistics.

2018-2022: External Examiner, BA and MA units in TESOL, Manchester Metropolitan University

2014-2019: Mentor and Assessor, Fellowship Programme of the Higher Education Academy, UK

2019-2020: Quality Panel rep, School of Education, Language and Psychology, York St John University

2018-2019: Editor, Extended abstracts, BAAL 2018 online proceedings, York St John University

2009-2019: Member of Language and Identities in InterAction (LIdIA) research unit, School of Languages and Linguistics, York St John University.


  • Meddegama, I.V. and Qian, Y. “We were willing to try again and make it understandable for both parties”: Working across geographical borders to dispel language misconceptions (2021), Bedrettin Yazan & Ali Fuad (Eds), Global Englishes Language Teacher Education, Routledge.
  • Meddegama, I.V. (2019) Cultural values and practices: the pillars of heritage language maintenance endeavours within an immigrant multilingual Malayali community in the UK. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 23(6).
  • Meddegama, I.V. (2018) Bilingualism: how to get your child to speak your language – and why it matters. The Conversation.
  • Meddegama, I. (2017) A Narrative on the Use of Interviews to Shape an Ethnographic Research into Family Language Practices. In Jean Conteh (Ed.), Researching Education for Social Justice in Multilingual Settings. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Meddegama, I.V. (2011) ‘A sociolinguistic study of the status/power relations enacted through the linguistic practices of a multi-generational, Indian, immigrant community.’ Proceedings of the first interdisciplinary linguistics conference on Crossing boundaries: the impact of language studies in academia and beyond, Queen’s University Belfast, 2011, pp.68.
  • Meddegama, I.V. (2009) Fantasy and the credulous spectator. In: Kumarasinghe, K. (ed), Wimal Dissanayake and the Communication World, Colombo.

Recent conference presentations and invited talks

Conference presentations

  • ‘Supporting heritage language maintenance via a Community Language School’. Engaging with Language as Heritage - Roundtable event, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK, March, 2023.
  • ‘Community Language School-sharing experiences’. Language and Social Justice Seminar Series, York St John University, UK, November, 2022.
  • ‘Championing heritage language maintenance endeavours: multilingual Malayali women’. Conference on Multilingualism, Leiden University, Netherlands, September 2019.
  • 'Reflecting its socio-cultural setting: Sri Lankan English vocabulary', Festival of Ideas, York St John University, June 2019.
  • 'Public engagement: focusing on processes - from planning to post-event management', LIdIA, York St John University, with Chisato Danjo and Clare Cunningham, March 2019.
  • The cultural practices and values of an immigrant multilingual Malayali community in the UK: pillars of heritage language maintenance', Multilingual language theories and practices conference, University of Valladolid, Spain, April 2018.
  • ‘From ‘will they understand us?’ to ‘the way they speak is not incorrect English, it is their variety, China English’. Moving beyond geographical borders for engagement and disengagement’. Talking about Teaching conference, York St John University, January 2016.
  • ‘Breaking paradigms: the language learner(s) in two-generational immigrant multilingual families and heritage and host language acquisition within the home domain’. BAAL conference, Aston University, September 2015.
  • 'The immigrant multilingual, Malayalis in York, UK- a paradigm of heritage language maintenance'. Languages and Linguistics Colloquium Series, York St John University, March 2015.

Invited talks

  • ‘Championing heritage language maintenance endeavours: multilingual Malayali women’. ‘Perspectives on multilingualism’ colloquium, British Association of Applied Linguistics annual conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, August 2019. 
  • 'Sri Lankan Englishes', World Englishes guest lecture series, SOAS, January 2019.