The program is committed to sustainable development in academic excellence and scholarship, free inquiry, leadership, integrity, and service to society. More specifically, the Department strives to:
- address the growing educational needs of English language teachers by offering both a Certificate and a Masters’ in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL),
- address the academic needs of prospective students preparing for graduate studies at AUA by providing instruction in the English for General Purposes Program, and
- foster research for the professional development of faculty and students.
The two-year AUA Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (MA TEFL) Program is a professional degree that aims to prepare teachers of English as a foreign language for schools and colleges. Graduates typically work in schools and universities as instructors, curriculum designers, and language proficiency evaluators. The program also offers a graduate certificate: Teaching English as a Foreign Language (C-TEFL). The curricula of these programs closely follow the requirements and standards of similar courses and degree offerings at institutions in the United States and international best practices.
To graduate with a Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (MA TEFL), students must successfully complete 46 credit units including courses from the MA TEFL curriculum and a 1-credit unit course in environmental science. In addition to the coursework, students must complete one of the three capstone options: Master’s Thesis, Master’s Paper, or, for students starting Fall 2013, Comprehensive Examinations.
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the AUA general graduate admission requirements and the TEFL-program requirements:
- Submit a complete AUA Application for Admission to Graduate Study at http://im.aua.am and all required supplements as outlined in the application instructions.
- Present an official, valid TOEFL iBT score of 79* or IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5*
- Obtain an undergraduate GPA of 3.4* or higher on a 5-point scale
- Demonstrate a strong interest and potential to become a successful TEFL professional as proven by the applicant’s prior experience, Statement of Purpose, and admission interview, if applicable.
*The Admissions Committee may, at its discretion, admit an applicant who does not meet the minimum requirements but who otherwise demonstrates the potential to successfully pursue a degree at AUA.
- Goal 1. To develop a sound understanding of modern theories of applied linguistics
Outcome 1.1. Students should be able to use modern theories of applied linguistics in their class presentations, class assignments, theses, and portfolios.
- Goal 2. To develop a good command of form and function of English structures
Outcome 2.1. Students should be able to use the English language appropriately in their writings, classroom performance, and their theses and portfolios.
- Goal 3. To employ a variety of teaching methods and materials
Outcome 3.1. Students should be able to employ modern and postmodern methods of teaching and develop relevant materials in the Practicum course as well as in their independent teaching in the EEC classes.
- Goal 4. To develop an awareness of various learning styles and strategies
Outcome 4.1. Students should be able to apply the knowledge of various learning styles and strategies to their own learning process.
Outcome 4.2. Students should be able to develop classroom pedagogies culturally sensitive to the learning processes of Armenian learners.
- Goal 5. To conduct research in the areas of language education
Outcome 5.1. Students should be able to conduct their own research employing appropriate methodologies and drawing reasonable conclusions
Outcome 5.2. Students should be able to develop frameworks for evaluation of language teaching programs.
- Goal 6. To utilize a variety of assessment techniques
Outcome 6.1. Students should be able to develop assessment tools to evaluate students’ achievement in language classes
Outcome 6.2. Students should be able to develop an ability to critically review existing local and international tests
Outcome 6.3. Students should be able to incorporate traditional and alternative assessment in their own assessment procedures
- TE 300 English for Language teachers
- TE 301 Introduction to TEFL Methods
- TE 302 Teaching reading and writing
- TE 303 Teaching listening and speaking
- TE 304 Classroom assessment
- TE 305 Research Methods
- TE 306 Practicum
- TE 307 New Technologies in TEFL
- TE 308 English for specific purposes
- TE 309 Curriculum design
- TE 310 Teaching Internship
- TE 320 Introduction to language
- TE 321 Introduction to the structure of English
- TE 322 Seminar on current topics in applied linguistics
- TE 323 Second language acquisition
- TE 340 Special topics in applied linguistics
- TE 341 Special topics in TEFL
- TE 390 Independent study
- TE 391A Thesis/Master's paper Preparation part I
- TE 391B Thesis/Master's paper Preparation part II