MA in Teaching English as Foreign Language


MA in Teaching English as Foreign Language


General Objective:

The MA in TEFL program is designed to produce well qualified professional teachers of English language, consultants and researchers.

Specific Objectives:
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 analyze 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 Developmental Team Training Programme (DTTP).

Entry requirements

The applicants for Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language are supposed to fulfill the following criteria.

  • Need to have completed academic requirements for BA or B. Ed in teaching English or BA in English non-teaching including English minors, linguistics, and literature fields from accredited higher learning institutions. Moreover, applicants with Bachelor’s degree in educational psychology, curriculum and pedagogical science can apply for the programme.
  • Should possess a grade point average of 2.00 and above in the undergraduate programme.
  • Applicants would be admitted based on approval of the Department Graduate Committee (DGC), Academic Commission (AC) and the University legislation.
  • Must submit acceptable official transcripts from the college or university where they obtained their BA or B. Ed degree.
  • Must achieve satisfactory performance in an entrance examination administered as part of the applicants' screening process as determined by DGC.
  • Should be supported by letters of recommendations from their undergraduate instructors, employers or professional associations.
  • The age range of the applicant should be between 20 to 45.
  • Must fulfill other requirement set by the university.

Applicants may be organization-sponsored or self-sponsored. Both organization and self-sponsored applicants will pay fee for education and research based on the University (JU) laws.

Graduate Profile

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 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 syllabus and produce teaching materials for particular groups of students;
  • be able to analyze 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; and
  • be able to facilitate and conduct training for language teachers at different levels such as secondary school, TTI and college level English language teachers.

Graduate Requirement

The MA in TEFL is awarded on the basis of:

  • successful completion of 25 credits units of work and a Thesis;
  • a thesis approved by examiners (internal and external) with a satisfactory grade
  • completion of required course of study with a minimum grade point average of 3.00; and
  • presenting and attending non-credited seminars through the programme.

Degree Nomenclature

"Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language”



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