Master of Arts in English Language Teaching

Mission

To provide quality postgraduate studies in English language teaching introducing new trends and practical solutions that will lead to more efficient instruction and learning of the language. By exposing candidates to a variety of theories, classroom pedagogy and practical application, they will be able to contribute to research and creative activity in the field of English Language Teaching to serve the public good.

Vision

To graduate English language teachers who are competent and effective both in their classrooms and as members of the profession.

Admission

July of each year.

Admission Requirments

  • This follows the Admission requirements set by the School of Graduate Studies and approved by the University Academic
  • Specific requirement is the applicant should hold an honour Bachelor Degree from AUW or an equivalent degree from another recognized institution in English Language / Literature / Linguistics or Education.

 

Degree requirements

Requirement

Total cr.

Courses

30

Teaching Practice

4

Thesis

6

 

Curriculum Outline

 

Semester one

Course code

 

Course Title

 

Credits

ENGL 701

Literary Appreciation

2

ENGL 702

Semantics and Pragmatics

3

ENGL 703

Practical Phonetics

3

ENGL 704

Language System and Skills

2

 

Semester Two

Course code

 

Course Title

 

Credits

ENGL 705

English Language Teaching Methodology

3

ENGL 706

Syntax

2

ENGL 707

Translation

2

ENGL 708

Applied Linguistics

3

 

Semester Three 

Course code

 

Course Title

 

Credits

ENGL 720

Language Assessment and Testing

2

ENGL 721

Modern Trends in Language Teaching

3

ENGL722

Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

3

ENGL723

Technology and Languages Teaching

2

 

Semester Four 

Course code

 

Course Title

 

Credits

ENGL724

Teaching Practice

4

ENGL799

Thesis

6

 

Course Descriptions

ENGL 701               Literary Appreciation                                                                                       2 cr.

This course develops the students appreciation for reading in general and for reading literary texts in particular and to understand underlying cultures and ideologies. Students will think critically about the literary texts and write a simple literary study on them. They will be acquainted with the different genres of English literature and the characteristics of each one as well as the different theories of literary criticism.

ENGL 702               Semantics and Pragmatics                                                                               3 cr.

This course introduces the terms semantics and lexicology as well as basic issues and concepts in the linguistic study of word meaning. They will be exposed to the various approaches to the study of meaning besides methods of semantic analysis. The course covers the nature and analysis of lexical meaning and help students to understanding the lexical meaning of words.

ENGL 703               Practical Phonetics                                                                                           3 cr.

This course lays emphasis on practical phonetics and pronunciation. Practice on regional dialects, accents and phonetics will be covered. Students will also discuss teaching pronunciation in order to relate this course to their teaching context.

ENGL 704               Language  System and Skills                                                                             2 cr.

The course raises the awareness of students to the structure of the English language and develops their writing and reading skills. Students will be exposed to authentic written texts of different genres to produce similar texts besides relating their writing tasks to an audience and purpose and using different rhetorical functions. Students will reflect on their experience as learners in order to appreciate different techniques used for teaching writing and reading.

ENGL 720               English  Language Teaching Methodology                                                        3 cr.

This course provides the techniques of teaching the four skills and sub-skills of English language applying the appropriate procedure for each skill. It involves preparing lesson plans with teaching aids and trying it out during microteaching sessions. Students are expected to demonstrate techniques of classroom, time management and establishing a positive teacher- learner relationship.

ENGL 706               Syntax                                                                                                              2 cr.

This course explains the nature of the syntactic system of language through the development of syntax, exercises and structural analysis to understand the theory. The course widens students’ knowledge about surface structure and deep structure, revising previous knowledge of grammar and exposing students to methods of syntactic analysis relating it to meaning of sentences.

ENGL 707               Translation                                                                                                       2 cr.

The course introduces students to the skills and techniques, which they need to translate well and with confidence. The course offers practical approaches to translation. It is based around topic areas, incorporating study of different text-types, style, use of dictionaries, text comparison, collocation, equivalents, and practical hints and tips. The course will also identify and discuss basic concepts and problems in the area of Translation Studies.

ENGL 708               Applied Linguistics                                                                                           3 cr.

This course provides students with the psychological, social and educational theories underlying the process of teaching language in general and the English language in particular as a second language. Students will be familiar with the history and development of language teaching methods and approaches.

 

ENGL 720               Language  Assessment and Testing                                                                   2 cr.

This course provides the relation between testing and teaching and its effects on the educational policy. The course covers all stages of the assessment process such as to able to identify the areas of weakness and find progress in their learners and to design effective tests, to identify types and purposes of tests and their validity and reliability through lectures, assignments, practical application. The course will also discuss error analysis and remedial work.

ENGL 721               Modern Trends  in Language Teaching                                                             3 cr.

This course provides new trends in language teaching specially in the fields of teaching young learners of EFL/ESOL and teaching literature. Through a number of readings and practical tasks students will gain a deep insight into how general teaching principles can be applied. Students will visit Basic schools and the Ahfad Centre for Early Childhood Education and will be required to design material and demonstrate its use in the classroom.

ENGL 722               Research  Methods  in Applied Linguistics                                                      3 cr.

This course acquaints students with the different kinds and procedures of Qualitative and Quantitative research, purpose of research and the process of carrying out a research in the area of Applied Linguistics with special emphasis on action research. The course will end with writing and submitting a research proposal besides other assessments.

ENGL 723               Technology  and Language Teaching                                                                 2 cr.

This course provides students with a theoretical framework on using technology in language learning/ teaching. It traces the developments of computer assisted language learning (CALL) and stresses the types and patterns of technology employed by each school for Language learning/ teaching. Students will practice in developing, designing, adapting and supplementing teaching material covering different language skills.

ENGL 724               Teaching Practice                                                                                             4 cr.

This part of the Practicum is designed to give students supervised practical application of previously studied theory: advanced practicum in teaching English language and raise their awareness to possible problem areas of research. Students are given a two-week program for observation and a topic of focus for each session, which will be accompanied, by tasks and observation schedule. Students attend model lessons in Ahfad Basic and Secondary schools followed by discussion sessions in location then students hand in completed tasks. Students are required to teach 12 lessons or a sequence of lessons, besides compiling a Portfolio (10-12 items); lesson plans, observation of peers, report on pupils’ aptitude and problems, report of tutors on observation, reflection on their performance, marked by more than one tutor.

ENGL 766               Thesis                                                                                                               6 cr.

It is a practical component of the concepts introduced in the Research Methods course and is based on the research proposal submitted in semester three. Students are required to present the proposal of the research in a seminar, conduct the research and write the thesis.