South East European University
bringing knowledge to life!


English Language Teaching (2012/2013)

Study Cycle: Second Cycle (Postgraduate)
Faculty: Languages, Cultures and Communications
Academic year: 2023 / 2024
Title: Master of English Language Teaching
ECTS: 120 (2 years) Accrediation

The objective of this ELT program is to provide students with solid knowledge of methodological theory and familiarize them with the skills necessary for application of the theory into teaching practice.

The selection of individual subjects reflects the current trends in second language acquisition as well as the identified local and regional instructional needs and necessities. The program is primarily designed for graduates of English as a foreign language who wish to specialize and develop their skills in EFL pedagogy. There are also research components (both qualitative and quantitative), academic, as well as "modern research" conducted in the classroom itself.

Many graduate students on the program will have already embarked on their teaching careers. To facilitate this, classes take place at the weekend, outside of normal working hours. Many of our courses offer specialist training that English instructors will find useful, such as: FLT methodology, Classroom Management, Pedagogical Grammar and Writing, Computer Assisted Language Learning and Needs Analysis. It is based on the best principles of modern teacher training from the Anglophone world applied in a Balkan context.

While this program is designed specifically with the needs of English teachers in mind, this program is also effective at providing students with the skills needed for advanced academic research, and can therefore also be useful for students intending to become translators, critics, copy editors, or writers.

The program offers four semesters of taught instruction, followed by the research and writing of a Masters thesis. The thesis process will involve the student in close collaboration with a PhD mentor from the Department, and will enable the student to write an extensive work of research upon a subject of his or her interest. This enables the student to develop, and to demonstrate, the abilities to conduct research, synthesize material, and to write an extensive analysis. These skills, together with the pedagogical expertise gained in this program, have wide applications in the modern marketplace.

Knowledge and understanding
  • There is advanced English Language Teaching Methodology.
  • There is a deep knowledge of the theory of gaining a second / foreign language.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of English grammar and composition of English from a pedagogical point of view.
  • Knows and understands taking computer-assisted learning languages and taking an active part in improving its use.
  • Recognizes different pedagogical strategies in teaching writing.
  • Has knowledge of writing a research paper, presentation and refinement.
Applying knowledge and understanding
  • Teaches English effectively in a theoretically informed way.
  • Applies the principles for the acquisition of foreign/second language in the classroom environment using appropriate learning methodologies.
  • Designing curriculum and plan class appropriate for specific teaching contexts, for example, teaching younger students (less than 12 years) or adult teaching, business English.
  • To use, adapt and create authentic educational materials for use in the foreign language classroom.
  • To use technology effectively and to create a simple multi-media or web-based language tools for practical use in the language classroom, for example, word games with the help of computer.
Making judgement
  • То еxpress critically for the studied material and the experience of teaching / learning in the classroom.
  • To identify the potencial difficulties in relation to issues of acquisition of the mother tongue in the classroom of English as a foreign language.
  • To choose appropriate and relevant materials through informed awareness of students' needs.
  • To make decisions about the potential difficulties of various aspects of the English language: making time and verb, definite / indefinite articles, prepositions, other grammatical categories, idioms and expressions, lexical collocations and word formation.
  • To make a complex methodological score in research design and to distinguish between different methods of data collection and data analysis, which is related to language and linguistics?
Communication skills
  • Has an excellent knowledge of English pronunciation.
  • Is able to produce well-structured and clearly written academic papers.
  • Is capable to present and elaborate on common problems involved in teaching and learning English as a foreign language.
  • Can give adequate explanations of linguistic concepts in English.
  • Shows communication competence in the classroom in terms of quality of teaching, classroom management and organization.
Learning skills
  • Shows initiative and autonomy in professional teaching roles.
  • Is able to self-monitor and adjust teaching methods in accordance with certain situations.
  • Adaptable to different cultural and interpersonal circumstances in the classroom of English as a foreign language.
  • Initiates and completes an independent research work of high academic standards within a set period of time.
  • Demonstrate leadership and instructional ability in conducting effective dissemination of knowledge to others.

Semester 1

  • [6 ECTS] Research Methodology
    A study of research design and methods including sampling, hypothesis formation, testing and experimental research. Specific attention will be paid to the concept, techniques, and practice of Qualitative Social Science Research Methodology. Throughout this course, students will learn to develop the research skills necessary to create, implement and successfully complete a substantial research project.
  • [6 ECTS] Pedagogical Grammar
    The aim of this course is to provide an integrated model of language description that is designed to suit the needs of learners of English. The model used organizes grammar under three headings: structure, orientation and pattern, and shows the relationship between grammar and lexis. Students’ awareness of the phenomenon of lexical phrases: - how they are organized, how they can be classified for learning purposes, and their importance in building up communicative competence – is an important component of this course. Successful students will become more aware that different aspects of grammar demand different learning processes and different instructional strategies.
  • [6 ECTS] Second Language Acquisition and Learning
    This course introduces and explores some of the most important factors impacting second language acquisition (SLA). Included is an examination of the role that linguistic, psychological, and social variables play in language learning in first (L1) and in second language (L2) acquisition in particular. Theories of second language acquisition are introduced and discussed, with specific attention paid to their implications for second language teaching and learning. Students are introduced to the key issues in SLA: individual differences in language acquisition; the role of cognition in second language acquisition; the role of interaction and social context in second language acquisition; SLA research methodology.
  • [6 ECTS] Cultural aspects in ELT
    This course aim is to prepare future teachers to teach effectively in multi-cultural classrooms and environments. The course will be made up of five topics: What is Culture?; The Role of Language in Culture; Teaching Culture; Intercultural Communication; and, Building Sociolinguistic Competence.
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course 1
    • Rhetoric
    • Multilingualism and Multiculturalism
    • Selected Advanced Topics in IT Applications for Preparing a Scientific Paper
    • Selected Advanced Topics in Applications for Statistical Data Processing
    • Professional Communication
    • Methodology of Teaching

Semester 2

  • [6 ECTS] Foreign Language Teaching Methodology
    This course is designed to encourage teachers of English as a foreign language to adopt an informed approach and reflective process in their teaching. The syllabus includes readings on the history of ELT from the traditional to the modern, ‘mainstream’ practice, with the purpose giving participants a solid background in ELT practice. Course topics will include: classification of classroom teaching methods and materials; adaptation and creation of teaching materials; teaching techniques and strategies, the use of technology in teaching, classroom management. Students are encouraged to draw on their own experiences from ESL/EFL contexts and explore them in relation to current theory and research.
  • [6 ECTS] Pedagogical Writing
    This course will focus on approaches and issues in teaching second language writing. Students will be encouraged to think critically about the various approaches and to reflect on their own beliefs and practices about writing and the teaching of writing as well. The course will not only examine the prevailing theories on teaching second language writing, but also focus on the practical aspects of teaching writing, including teacher and peer feedback, assessment, audience, syllabus design, materials and tasks for teaching writing, and textual borrowing. Students will also be encouraged to look at research in the field and think critically about it. The course will aim to strike a balance between theoretical and practical knowledge.
  • [6 ECTS] Teaching Vocabulary
    This course is designed to provide an overview of pedagogies and issues in the teaching and learning of English vocabulary. The course also includes techniques and classroom activities for teaching various aspects of English vocabulary, as well as evaluation of teaching material on English vocabulary. During the course students will learn the importance of knowing a word and its complexity and the importance of creating a word-conscious learning environment that encourages motivation and interest in learning new words. They will learn how to use independent word-learning strategies and they will further examine teaching strategies for building both the breadth and depth of students’ vocabulary for comprehension and written expression. Students will also learn about different ways of assessing vocabulary.
  • [6 ECTS] Needs Analysis and Course Design
    This course is orientated towards practical aspects of teaching, as well as theoretical aspects. Teaching materials will include: case studies, theoretical texts, extracts from textbooks, data collected by students and researchers. The course will mainly focus on the impact of needs analysis on course design: impact on the definition of objectives and contents, impact on the pedagogy and methodology. Learning and assessment methods will include: group activities, presentations and the preparation of a portfolio of learning materials.
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course 2
    • Rhetoric
    • Multilingualism and Multiculturalism
    • Selected Advanced Topics in IT Applications for Preparing a Scientific Paper
    • Selected Advanced Topics in Applications for Statistical Data Processing
    • Professional Communication
    • Methodology of Teaching

Semester 3

  • [6 ECTS] English for Specific Purposes
    English for Specific Purposes (ESP) requires a learner-centered approach to teaching English as a foreign or second language. It is designed to meet the needs of adult learners who need to learn a foreign language for use in their specific fields, such as science, technology, medicine, leisure, and academic learning. This course is for graduate students and foreign and second language professionals who wish to learn how to design ESP courses and programs in an area of specialization such as English for business, Engineering, and for Academic Purposes. Students are introduced to ESP instructional strategies, teaching materials adaptation and development, and techniques of evaluation.
  • [6 ECTS] Computer-Assisted Language Learning
    As computers have become more and more integrated into our daily lives it is vital for language teachers to have some understanding of their role in language instruction. Without this understanding, it is difficult to make sound judgments about how to integrate computers into language classes in order to make student learning more engaging, efficient, and effective. It is hoped that this course will serve as a foundation for teachers interested in applying technology to the language learning classroom and beyond. The course introduces the current theories and practices of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Course topics include the history and principles of CALL, software evaluation, the design and development of Web-based language courses, computer-mediated communication, Hyper media and corpus for language teaching. In addition, the use of computers in the development of particular language skills in the area of reading, writing, and speech communication/pronunciation will be introduced. The course also examines the current language learning theories that underline CALL applications.
  • [6 ECTS] Masters Thesis Writing Seminar
    This course is explicitly designed to have one outcome—to enable each student to write his or her MA thesis effectively, articulately, and clearly. A student who completes this course will be able to research material efficiently, and to express his or her conclusions through effective academic prose. Each class will examine several major concepts relating to advanced academic research and writing. Topics covered will include: writing a research proposal, style, plagiarism and academic integrity, bibliography and citations, research methodology, draft revision.
  • [6 ECTS] Issues in English Language Teaching
    This course offers an analysis of issues in ELT from a linguistic as well as cultural/social perspective. On the linguistics side, topics covered include the social, cultural and the structural aspects of language contact, and interlanguage, and a detailed investigation of the linguistic impact of language contact in the process of foreign language learning. It considers the role linguistic and extra linguistic factors which govern the internal development of linguistic systems that is the role of L1 (learner mother tongue) in the process of the development of L2 (target language). On the cultural/social side, this course is designed to immerse you in controversies that the system of education and teacher training faces today. Current topics in the field of ELT are explored and students are encouraged to evaluate how these issues relate to the pedagogical norms and practices of language education. This analysis will serve to emphasize challenges and obstacles that foreign language teachers face and to identify relevant issues for teachers in the domains of cognitive processes, multicultural education and critical pedagogy.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course 1
    • Literature in English Language Teaching
    • Discourse analysis
    • Culture Analysis in the Second Language Classroom

Semester 4

  • [30 ECTS] Master Thesis
    After passing examinations, the student may begin the procedure of filing, making and public defense of thesis topic. The student chooses the mentor, who gives him instructions for preparation of the application of master theses. The application must be granted by the Graduate Studies Educational Collegium and the Scientific and Academic Council of the Faculty. After preparing the final version of Masters Thesis, Academic-Scientific Council of Faculty forms a three-member committee, which prepares the report, which may be accepted or rejected. The positive report is approved by the Academic-Scientific Council and it is set the date of public defense. After successfully defending the thesis, the student gains the degree - Master of English Language Teaching.