Summer Masters Programme

Rationale
A number of justifications can be given for launching MA in TEFL programme in summer in Jimma University. One fundamental reason is the mismatch between the high national demand of English language teaching experts and the need to diversify training opportunities.

Currently, Jimma University has launched regular master’s programmes in different fields (MA in TEFL included).  But these programmes seem to be inadequate in terms of addressing the country’s demand for highly trained English language professionals, and the demand of citizens for further education and training. Secondly, the expansion of higher institutions both in number and admission capacity calls for the production of high level professionals in the area of English language teaching. Because, in the Ethiopian context, 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 since English is used as a medium of instruction in all high schools, the demand for many highly qualified English teachers is not a matter to be called into question. Another reason is the expansion of private colleges all over the country which also 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 through the training of professionals at BA level.

This being the case, however, it was not by the mere assumption that there is a demand that the launching of MA in TEFL summer programme was initiated. It was felt that a needs assessment survey should be conducted. Accordingly, a questionnaire consisting of thirteen items (both close-ended and open-ended) was designed and distributed to a sample of English language teachers working at different high schools in the Jimma zone, and one teacher training institute in Jimma Town. The survey showed that a good number of teachers need the programme so that they can realise their ambitions to further their education. Therefore, these needs should be addressed as soon as possible. It was mainly on this basis that the Department of English Language and Literature decided to launch a summer MA in TEFL programme with an intake of 10 students in 2011 (this figure raised to 13 later).

Programme Objectives
 
General objective
The MA in TEFL summer programme, like the regular programme, aims to produce well qualified professional teachers of English language, consultants and researchers.

Specific Objectives
The Master’s programme in English Language Teaching (summer programme inclusive) 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, language assessment and testing
  • 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 areas of language and language teaching/learning
  • To enable trainees to contribute to the alleviation of societal problems working in unity with other professionals of various fields via Developmental Team Training Programme (DTTP).

Graduate Profiles
Upon 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 of 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 discourses 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 English language teachers working at different levels such as secondary school, TTI and college.

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