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 Teaching English as a Foreign Lang.


English Language Institute

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Emeritus: S. El Araby

Professor: Y. El Ezabi (Chair)

Associate Professors: G. Ioup, R. Gibson, F. Perry, P. Stevens

The graduate programs in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) are designed to enhance knowledge, skills, and effectiveness of teachers, researchers, and administrators in the profession. These programs attract an international student body and combine rigorous academic standards with an appropriate balance between theory and practice.

Admission

Applicants for the Master of Arts degree in TEFL must have teaching experience prior to admission into the program, or may acquire this experience concurrent with the program.

Language

Applicants who are not native speakers of English will be required to demonstrate on the ELPET (AUC English Language Proficiency Entrance Test) or TOEFL with TWE that their command of English is adequate for study in the program.

Master of Arts

Courses

Required of all students:
 

500

English Grammar

501

Principles of Linguistic Analysis

503

Second Language Acquisition

510

Methods of Teaching as a Foreign Language I

511

Methods of Teaching a Foreign Language Ii

520

Research Methods and Experimental Design

 


For thesis writers, a minimum of 30 graduate hours plus the thesis is required. In addition to the required courses, 570 (Advanced Research Methodology) is required of those writing theses. For non-thesis writers, a minimum of 36 graduate hours is required.

In choosing electives, students in the comprehensives track, with assistance of their advisors, are to choose at least one course from each of the groups listed below.

In choosing electives, students in the thesis track, with assistance of their academic advisors, are to choose at least one course from at least two of the groups listed below.

1. Education and research: TEFL 502, 507, 540, 570 (for students in the comprehensives track)

2. Linguistics: TEFL 505, 521, 540, 550

3. Cross-linguistic, cross-cultural studies: TEFL 525, 540, 550, 553

In the case of TEFL 540 Selected Topics in Applied Linguistics, the course topic must relate to the general category.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination consists of a written examination followed by an oral examination. It is required only of students not writing theses, and may not be taken more than twice.

Thesis

The thesis as a requirement for graduation is optional. The student who chooses to write a thesis must produce a professional paper on some aspect of TEFL/applied linguistics. The thesis must be prepared under the guidance and close supervision of a faculty adviser and a designated committee, and must be defended to the satisfaction of the department.

Graduate Diploma in TEFL

The Diploma program is designed for qualified teachers of English who meet the same admission requirements as those for the Master of Arts degree. The Diploma is awarded to those who successfully complete the following six TEFL courses:
 

500

English Grammar

501

Principles of Linguistic Analysis

503

Second Language Acquisition

510

Methods of Teaching a Foreign Language I

511

Methods of Teaching a Foreign Language II

 


One three-hour elective course to be decided upon by the student in consultation with the academic adviser

A maximum of one appropriate course may be accepted, with departmental approval, as transfer credit toward the Diploma in lieu of TEFL 501, 503, 510, 511, or an acceptable elective.

TEFL Courses
 

 CourseNumber CourseTitle

500

English Grammar

501

Principles of Linguistic Analysis

502

Testing and Evaluation in Language Teaching

503

Second Language Acquisition

505

History of the English Language

507

Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

510

Methods of Teaching a Foreign Language I

511

Methods of Teaching a Foreign Language II

520

Research Methods and Experimental Design

521

English Syntax

525

Language Transfer, Contrastive Analysis, and Error Analysis

530

Supervised Study in TEFL

540

Selected Topics in Applied  Linguistics

550

Language Pragmatics

553

Sociolinguistics

570

Advanced Research Methodology

588

Comprehensives

599

Research Guidance and Thesis

 

 

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