CALSDA moves to new premises
The Colombo Academy of Language Skills and Dramatic Art, moved to its new premises at Fife Road, Colombo 5. A large number of teachers and well wishers were present at the opening ceremony which took place on the 12th of June. Established in the year 2000, it has ushered in new dimensions in the field of English Language Skills and evolved a full curriculum for training children, teenagers, adults and professionals. Within a period of fifteen years of progressive operations, the Colombo Academy of Language Skills and Dramatic Art, better known as “CALSDA,” has grown rapidly in stature and rank, and has firmly established itself as a leading examining body in Sri Lanka.
The current syllabus has begun a revolution and has opened many exciting creative doors to students and teachers bringing opportunities for collaboration within the sphere of Speech, Drama and allied subjects. These syllabi have been compiled in consultation with a number of experts in the field who are attuned to the value of the spoken word in modern life. They have been designed to suit and meet the needs of those who wish to acquire better communication skills. This has led to the building of a framework of examinations which is both modern and relevant to today’s student. In addition to a wide range of graded examination opportunities, it offers a full portfolio of Teachers’ Certificates and Diplomas.
While maintaining a demanding standard at each grade, these examinations hold unlimited scope and flexibility in terms of material and performance approaches. In this task, CALSDA is singularly aided by having one of the largest, most experienced, and qualified panel of examiners in the island. Examination procedure and standardization is established through the consensus of leading specialists in the field, so that candidates are assured of an assessment and written evaluation by superlatively qualified, experienced examiners who seek primarily to encourage candidates with a positive attitude.
CALSDA, with its atmosphere of acceptance and encouragement, provides each candidate with an enjoyable, enriching and invaluable examination experience. A POSSE AD ESSE –‘From Possibility to Reality’ – in keeping with the motto of CALSDA, the Academy endeavours to give each individual the opportunity to develop his or her skills to the fullest potential and harness the vastness of the English Language.
CALSDA was privileged to have at its helm two tireless and dynamic directors, Mrs. Varuni Jayasekara and Mrs. Zulfika Musafer who with their intuitive warmth of comradeship and meticulous attention to professionalism have steered the academy to what it is today. CALSDA was honoured to have as its Patron a pioneer in the field of Speech and Drama, Mrs. Daphne Lord, who had more than 58 years of teaching experience, having contributed her services to numerous generations of Sri Lankans. Her advice and guidance to the progress of the Academy was immeasurable. With this perfect combination of expertise CALSDA was established in the year 2000 as an examining body in Sri Lanka for Speech, Drama and allied subjects. CALSDA is honoured to have as its new Patron Mr. Philip John Thrupp. A very senior and an extremely experienced examiner and adjudicator in Drama and Speech from the United Kingdom.
Candidates of all ages, whether young people or adults, will be given every inducement to cultivate a love, appreciation and understanding of multi-cultural literature and of the spoken word. Examinations are conducted throughout the country and the examination centres include – Agarapathana, Akkaraipattu, Aluthgama, Ambalangoda, Ampitiya, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Balangoda, Bandarawela, Battaramulla, Batticaloa, Beruwela, Bingiriya, Chilaw, Colombo, Dankotuwa, Dehiowita, Deniyaya, Enderamulla, Galle, Gampaha, Gampola, Hanwella, Jaffna, Kalutara, Kandy, Kalmunai, Kegalle, Kuliyapitiya, Kotmale, Kurunegala, Kurukaklmadam, Lunugala, Maho, Mannar, Matara, Moratuwa, Matale, Nainamadama, Negombo, Nuwara Eliya, Padukka, Panadura, Polgahawala, Polonnaruwa, Puttalam, Ragala, Ratnapura, Wattala, Wennappuwa, Tangalle, Tawalantenna, Trincomalee, Vavuniya and Warakapola.