English Language Teaching (M.A. with thesis)

Program Description

The M.A. program in ELT (English Language Teaching) introduces major theoretical and methodological issues in language learning/acquisition and teaching and provides students with a foundation in the theoretical and applied aspects of the field. The program strives to provide graduates with fieldwork skills in qualitative/quantitative research in the field of English Language Teaching and Learning.

Graduates of the program demonstrate awareness of theoretical and applied knowledge about contemporary approaches, methods and techniques related to the acquisition of English as a second/foreign language and (applied) linguistics for a comparative analysis of languages and cultures. They can successfully evaluate existing instructional programs, procedures, assessment practices, language teaching methods and techniques and make suggestions to improve existing ones, or analyze innovative theories, applications and tools, and conduct small-scale research to suggest new ones. While synthesizing, critically assessing, and improving theoretical and practical findings on contemporary research, graduates are expected to carry out research studies with a scientific point of view in order to meet the educational and empirical needs in national and international contexts with the aim of making contributions to the field.

The graduates of the English Language Teaching M.A. Program can work as instructors, language teaching specialists and research assistants at national and international educational institutions.

Possible Fields of Study

Second language Acquisition, Materials/curriculum/instructional design, Language teaching methodology, ICTs and ELT, Psycholinguistic and Socio-cultural aspects of language learning, (Applied) Linguistics

Required Course Load 

7 Courses + 3 Non Credit Courses

A. Must courses (2 in total):

Students take 2 must courses in total. Every MA student has to take ELT 506 as one of their must courses. For the other "must" course, they can choose either ELT 554 or ELT 555. The two must courses student take should be completed within 4 semesters.

Course Code

Course Name

ELT 506

SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (Must for every MA student)

ELT 554 QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS AND ETHICS IN LANGUAGE RESEARCH
ELT 555 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH: THEORY AND METHODS

B. Electives (5 courses to choose from the list below)

Course Code

Course Name

ELT 507

CURRICULUM DEV.FOR ENG. FOR SPE.PURPOS

ELT 509

LITERATURE IN THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH
ELT 513 LINGUISTICS FOR ENG.LANGUAGE TEACHING
ELT 517 MATERIALS EVALUATION & DEVELOP.IN ELT
ELT 518 ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING
ELT 520 ENGLISH-TURKISH CONTRASTIVE ANALYSIS
ELT 521 CULTURAL ASPECTS OF LANGUAGE TEACHING
ELT 522 LEXICAL SEMANTICS
ELT 523 USING CORPORA FOR LANGUAGE RESEARCH
ELT 525 APPROACHES, METHODS & TECHNIQUES IN ELT I
ELT 526 APPROACHES, METHODS & TECHNIQUES IN ELT II
ELT 528 INSTRUCTIONAL TECH. IN ENGISH LANGUAGE TEACHING
ELT 530 MODERN THEORY OF GRAMMAR
ELT 531 COGNITIVE LINGUISTICS
ELT 541 LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
ELT 542 BILINGUALISM AND BILINGUAL EDUCATION
ELT 551 PRAGMATICS OF SPOKEN INTERACTION
ELT 552 CRITICAL PEDAGOGY AND LANGUAGE EDUCATION

C. Non Credit Courses (all 3 should be completed within 4 semesters):

Course Code

Course Name

ELT 590

SEMINAR IN ELT (Should be taken only once after you have assigned your thesis advisor.)

ELT 599

MASTER'S THESIS (Should be taken each term from the moment you have assigned your thesis advisor until the end of your thesis period.)
ELT 801-850 SPECIAL STUDIES (Should be taken each term from the moment you have assigned your thesis advisor until the end of your thesis period.)


Note: For the non-credit thesis courses, you can reach Thesis/Dissertation Supervision Codes at the link below:

ELT and ELIT Supervision Codes

Note: Students are expected to select their M.A thesis advisor by the end of their 1st semester (before they start their 2nd semester) in the program. To do this, please use the link (and the information) given below:

Advisor Assignment

How to apply
 
Please visit METU Graduate School of Social Sciences website for further information on application procedures (http://sbe.metu.edu.tr/how-apply) and specific application requirements for programs (http://sbe.metu.edu.tr/en/english-language-teaching