N. P. Sudharshana

PhD (EFL University, Hyderabad)

Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences


Research Interest



  • PhD, 2013, The EFL University, Hyderabad
    Thesis Title:Encoding spatial events in English as a second language: Universal and language-specific features.
    Thesis Supervisor:Dr. Shruti Sircar
  • M.Phil, 2010 The EFL University, Hyderabad
  • M.A., 2007, The EFL University, Hyderabad
  • B.Ed., 2005, Regional Institute of Education (NCERT), Mysore
  • B.A., 2003, DVS College of Arts and Science, Shimoga, Karnataka
  • Diploma in Spanish



  • Language skills in English, Applied linguistics, Materials development for teaching English, Language assessment



  • Forthcoming. English for Technical Communication: Teachers' Book. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2016. English for Technical Communication. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press.  
  • 2015a. New Horizon: Teacher Manual for Class V. Directorate of Elementary Education, Govt of Haryana.

  • 2015b. Little Conversations: Teacher Manual for Class IV. Directorate of Elementary Education, Govt of Haryana.

  • 2014. English language proficiency and pedagogy - I: A resource book for D.El.Ed. Govt of Rajasthan (On development and editorial board)
  • 2013-2014. Sunbeam: Textbook Series in English for Classes I-V. Govt of Rajasthan (On development and editorial board)


  • Sudharshana, N. P. (forthcoming). Reading comprehension in ESL contexts: An Applied Cognitive Semantics perspective. In J. Ponniah & S. Venkatesan (eds.), The idea and practice of reading. Springer India. 


  • Sudharshana N. P. (accepted). Teaching grammar in task-based framework: What Cognitive semantics can offer. Humanising Language Teaching.
  • Sudharshana, N. P. (2016). The language of space in Kannada: Encoding motion events. International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics, Vol 45, 167-178.
  • Sudharshana, N. P. (2015). Encoding 'support' and 'containment' in Kannada. The EFL Journal, 6(2), 15-30.

  • Sudharshana, N. P. (2011).Early-language specific encoding of motion events in first and second languages. The EFL Journal, Vol 2, 53-67.

  • Sudharshana, N. P. (2009).It went inside and came out: Issues in Acquisition of Paths of Traversal in L2 English. EFL University Occasional Papers in Linguistics, Vol. 13, 23-34.


  • Project Officer (Programme, pedagogy and research) at ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth, Udaipur, Rajasthan from May 2012 till July 2014. Was jointly responsible for developing, testing and implementing English curriculum at school level, pre-service teacher training and in-service teacher education in Rajasthan during 2012-14.

  • Teaching Assistant, The EFL University, Hyderabad during September 2007 to March 2012. Taught basic, intermediate and advanced level learners English for general and specific purposes and was also involved in developing proficiency tests.

  • Assistant Professor (English) with Aurora Consortium of Engineering Colleges, Hyderabad from Aug 2008 to July 2009.

  • Research Assistant with the Promise Foundation, Bangalore, during Jan-Feb 2011. Worked on a project investigating difficulties of young children in reading Kannada as their L1.

  • I listen to Indian classical music (both Hindustani and Carnatic). I am also interested in World Cinema (Kurosawa, Fellini, Bergman, Majidi are some of my favourite directors). 



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Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
IIT Kanpur,
Kanpur 208016

Office Phone: 0512-259-6188 (O)

Email: sudh[AT]iitk.ac.in

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