Sep 18, 2019
Professors Emeriti: S. El Araby, Y. El-Ezabi
Professors: A. Agameya, F. Perry
Associate Professor: P. Stevens (Director, English Language Institute)
Assistant Professors: P. Wachob, R. Williams
The graduate programs in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) are designed to enhance knowledge, skills, and effectiveness of teachers, researchers, and administrators in the profession. These programs attract an international student body and combine rigorous academic standards with an appropriate balance between theory and practice.
Applicants for the Master of Arts degree in TEFL must have teaching experience prior to admission into the program, or may acquire this experience concurrent with the program.
Applicants who are not native speakers of English will be required to demonstrate on the ELPET (AUC English Language Proficiency Entrance Test) or TOEFL with TWE that their command of English is adequate for study in the program.
Required of all students:
In addition to the required courses, the following course is required of those writing theses.
For thesis writers, a minimum of 33 graduate hours plus the thesis is required. For non-thesis writers, a minimum of 36 graduate hours is required plus a comprehensive examination.
In choosing electives, students in the comprehensives track, with assistance of their advisors, are to choose at least one course from each of the groups listed below.
In choosing electives, students in the thesis track, with assistance of their academic advisors, are to choose at least one course from at least two of the groups listed below.
1. Education and research:
(for students in the comprehensives track)
3. Cross-linguistic, cross-cultural studies:
In the case of TEFL 540 Selected Topics in Applied Linguistics, the course topic must relate to the general category.
The Comprehensive Examination consists of a written examination followed by an oral examination. It is required only of students not writing theses, and may not be taken more than twice.
The thesis as a requirement for graduation is optional. The student who chooses to write a thesis must produce a professional paper on some aspect of TEFL/applied linguistics. The thesis must be prepared under the guidance and close supervision of a faculty adviser and a designated committee, and must be defended to the satisfaction of the department.