Regular Masters Programme
A number of justifications can be given for launching of an MA programme in the Teaching of English Language in Jimma University. One basic reason is the existing gap between the high national demand of English language teaching experts and the shortage of teacher training institutes. Currently there are only three universities (Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, and Haramaya) that are offering post-graduate studies in English Language Teaching. But the number of trained English teachers produced from these universities is not enough to meet the high demand of the country in the area.
The expansion of higher institutions both in number and admission capacity necessitates the production of high level professionals in the area under consideration. Because English language is given as a common course to all students in higher institutions and as a distinct discipline offering B. ED or BA degrees, and because English is used as a medium of instructions in all high schools, the need for many highly qualified English teachers is unquestionable. Another factor is the expansion of private colleges all over the country, which for the same reason as above absorb a considerable number of ELT professionals. It is also known that the recently opened national universities need second degree holders so as to realise the much sought quality of education in the process of training professionals at BA level. The need to recruit graduate assistants from would-be graduates, which may have a negative impact upon the quality of education at higher institutions, clearly reveals the high demand of second degree holders. Therefore, given those factors, we can safely maintain that launching the programme is a necessity.
The opening of the MA program in TEFL is also compatible with the vision, mission, and philosophy of Jimma University. As per its statement of vision, Jimma University aspires to be the leading public premier in the country, renowned in Africa and recognised in the world. Having set itself a mission of being a centre of academic excellence integrating Training, Research and Service, the University trains higher calibre professionals at undergraduate and post-graduate levels through its cherished and innovative community-based training programme (CBTP). Jimma University also has a distinctive educational philosophy called CBE (Community Based Education) through which it aims to benefit both students and the community by making its stakeholders (students and teachers, members of the community, and representatives of other sectors) actively engaged throughout the educational experience and thus using the community extensively as a learning environment which results in making CBE a means of achieving educational relevance to community needs.
Jimma University, as the only university having a unique philosophy concerning community based education, is striving to expand and develop its capacity in all spheres of educational endeavors and has clearly stated that the MA in English and other Master's degree programmes will be launched on the basis of the needs of the society and the country at large.
The objective of the programme is also in line with the Transitional Government of Ethiopia Education and Training Policy No.3.2.4/1994. That is it is a research oriented programme aimed at producing ELT professionals who can solve and meet societal problems and needs respectively.
The Department believes that the necessary conditions to start the programme can be fulfilled and there is a conducive situation for improvement; and as a curriculum is dynamic, it will always strive to improve and work on, revise whenever there is a need, provide quality education the country desires, and contribute to the country's development by working hand-in-hand with similar institutions all over the country.
General objective of MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
The MA in TEFL programme is designed to produce well-qualified professional teachers of English language, consultants and researchers.
The Master’s programme in English Language Teaching has the following specific objectives:
- To equip trainees with theoretical knowledge and skills of ELT methodology
- To help trainees develop knowledge and skills of doing research in the areas of language teaching and learning
- To enable trainees to gain clear insights and experience into syllabus design, material development, assessing and testing language
- To help trainees develop literary competence to use genres of literature for English language teaching and learning
- To develop trainees’ ability to analyse linguistic data using relevant models and develop their insights into how English language functions
- To enable trainees to provide consultancy services on language education
- To enable trainees to be independent researchers in language education and in other related areas
- To enable trainees to contribute to the alleviation of societal problems working in unity with other professionals of various fields via the Developmental Team Training Programme (DTTP).
After completing the programme successfully, the graduates are expected to:
- be competent English language teachers at secondary schools and tertiary levels
- be able to identify problems pertaining to English language teaching at different levels locally, nationally and globally and take appropriate measures to overcome the problems
- be able to serve as professional consultants on issues related to English language teaching and learning
- be able to design and develop effective syllabuses and produce teaching materials for particular groups of students
- be able to analyse spoken and written discourse using relevant models
- be able to design and develop appropriate assessment techniques and language tests
- be able to conduct research in the areas of language teaching and learning and in other related areas as well;
- be able to design classroom tasks and activities for classroom use using different genres of literature
- be able to facilitate and conduct training for language teachers at different levels such as secondary school, TTI and college level English language teachers.
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