Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree

SLQL 6 
Duration: 4 Years / 8 Semesters
BA Honours Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Introduction

The Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) special degree program is an undergraduate course especially designed to meet the needs of those students wishing to pursue a career in teaching English as a Second Language.  Teaching English as a second language has evolved as a specific discipline, based on scientific research in second language learning, acquisition and related issues.

Teaching English as a second language refers to the discipline of teaching English to students whose first language is not English but are living in a context where English is widely used.  TESL is taught in universities all over the world leading to Master’s Degrees and PhDs.

Objectives

Therefore the objectives of TESL are:

  • to produce teachers of English as a Second Language
  • to train professionals in TESL

Course outcomes:

Students specializing in TESL will be able to:

  • demonstrate a clear understanding of the English language, its varieties, its status in a global context, and issues related to Second Language learning and acquisition
  • demonstrate a clear understanding of issues related to language policy and planning in TESL
  • critically analyze theories in language teaching, SLA, teaching methods and research methodologies in language teaching
  • design curriculum, lesson material and methods of evaluation
  • contribute professionally to the world of research on TESL

Eligibility criteria:

  • Undergraduates of the University of Kelaniya with a (S) pass or above for A/L Examination in English Language and Literature

Or

  • Undergraduates of the University of Kelaniya  who acquire the pass mark from the written and spoken admission test conducted by the ELTU

1.  The English Language and Second Language Acquisition

Level Two

Course code

Title of course

Type

Semester 1

TESL 21514

Second Language Acquisition

C

TESL 21524

English Morphology, Syntax and Semantics

C

TESL 21534

Introduction to fiction

C

TESL 21544

Sri Lankan English in the ESL context

C

TESL 21552

Introduction to first language acquisition

O

Semester 11

Course code

Title of course

Type

TESL 22565

Principles of Syllabus and Course Design

C

TESL 22574

History of the English Language

C

TESL 22585

Teaching Reading and Writing

C

TESL 22592

Preparation for International summative examinations

O

 

2.  Skills related to TESL

 

Level Three

Course code

Title of course

Type

Semester 1

TESL 31515

Teaching Speaking and Listening

C

TESL 31525

Teaching Poetry  in the Second Language Classroom

C

TESL 31534

Introduction to  Language Policy and Planning

C

TESL 31542

Presentation Skills

O

Semester 11

Course code

Title of course

Type

TESL 32554

Testing & Evaluation

C

TESL 32564

Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

C

TESL 32574

Varieties of English

C

TESL 32584

Teaching  drama in the Second Language Classroom

C

TESL 32592

Communication skills for professionals

O


3.  Teaching Practicum

Level Four

Course code

Title of course

 

Type

Semester 1

TESL 41515

Research methods in Applied Linguistics

C

TESL 41525

The Process of Writing a Thesis

C

TESL 41535

Project on Content Development

C

Semester 11

Course code

Title of course

Type

TESL 42542

Teaching Portfolio

C

TESL 43558

Dissertation

C

TESL 43565

Internship

C


Internship
 

The objective of offering a special degree in TESL by the ELTU of the University of Kelaniya is to cater to the growing demand and need of English teachers in the country.

 

The department is fully aware of the necessity to offer students who are specializing in TESL the practical knowledge and expertise of teaching. This will enable them to comprehend the relationship between theory and practice. The internship is for one academic year.  The students will teach 6 hours per week. The successful completion practical training is essential for graduation.

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