English Language Teaching (Ph.D.)

Program Description

The Ph.D. program in ELT (English Language Teaching) aims to foster a multidisciplinary approach in equipping graduates with a critical outlook on language research. Upon graduation, alumni of the English Language Teaching Ph.D. program are equipped with the skills necessary for synthesizing, critically assessing, and improving theoretical and practical findings in contemporary research on language, linguistics and language learning. Based on the vast fieldwork experience gained in the program, autonomously, graduates can take up large-scale qualitative/quantitative and mixed-methods research as well as educational, theoretical/applied linguistic, cross-linguistic/cultural analysis as future academic career paths.

The PhD program in English Language Teaching provides wide-ranging interdisciplinary training as it enables students to enroll in two tracks:

1) Language Education Track

2) Language Studies Track

PhD graduates acquire a firm theoretical and practical knowledge based on social, cultural and individual variables of language learning to improve the practices of national English language teaching and learning by analyzing current theories and applications in ESL/EFL and/or (applied) linguistics and make significant contributions to the field of language studies or language learning/teaching studies.

The graduates of the PhD program in ELT can work as academicians and researchers and advisors at higher education institutions and research centers both nationally and internationally working on diverse fields within the language sciences. The graduates may also work as teacher educators of pre-service and in-service teachers in the field of English Language Teaching.

PhD Degree Requirements

The PhD program in ELT requires students to enroll in either Language Education Track or Language Studies Track based on the interest areas they would like to specialize in.

In order to complete the PhD program, students should take a total of 2 must courses, 5 elective courses, 4 non-credit courses and write a PhD Thesis. Upon the completion of course requirements, PhD candidates are required to pass a written and an oral exam in their concentration areas. The successful candidates focus on their thesis work in the rest of their candidacy period.