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King Faisal University

College of Arts

 

M.A. IN APPLIED LINGUISTICS

(Teaching English as a Foreign Language)

 

 

This second revision has added a vision and a mission to the program. It has aligned the number of credit hours with the requirements of the College of Arts and has also given more weight to exposure to English and contact with instructors.    

 

VISION

 

TO CONTRIBUTE TO ESTABLISHING LOCALIZED STANDARDS AND APPLICATIONS OF VARIOUS AREAS IN THE FIELD OF APPLIED LINGUISTICS (TEACHING ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE).

 

 

MISSION

 

THE DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE WILL DEVOTE ITS RESOURCES AND EXPERIENCE TO PREPARE EXPERTS IN VARIOUS AREAS OF APPLIED LINGUISTICS INCLUDING ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING/ LEARNING, SYLLYBUS DESIGN, MATERIAL PRODUCTION, LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT, AND LANGUAGE PLANNING IN THE CONTEXT OF SAUDI CONTEXT.

 

OBJECTIVES:

The program aims to offer appropriate training in Applied Linguistics with a focus on teaching English as a foreign language. The program will provide the student with the following:

·         A sound basis in Applied Linguistics (TEFL).

·         An understanding of the social and cultural aspects of foreign language teaching, particularly in an Arabic-speaking environment.

·         Knowledge of the theory and techniques of foreign language learning.

·         The ability to:

1. Teach EFL classes and supervise teaching EFL programs

2.      Design a course of study appropriate to local conditions.

3.      Evaluate, select, and adapt materials to local needs.

4.      Use sources and references and conduct research.

The teaching of various courses in the program is geared to equip students to teach and work in the local context. This is evident in aspects of application found in some courses and in the dissertations prepared by the students.

 

STAFF/ FACILITIES:

1.      Availability of expertise: the department staff includes one professor three associate professors and eight assistant professors.

2.      Interdepartmental cooperation: The College of Arts provides a favorable context for cooperation with the college departments and departments of other colleges.

3.      There are four language labs in Al-Hofuf.

4.      The University Library has holdings in this area and there is a need to develop them.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

- The minimum requirement for admission is a Bachelor of Arts and Education (English major) from King Faisal University with at least a B in the major courses, an equivalent degree from another university with a B in major English courses.

- Candidates should obtain %70 in a proficiency test, and sit for a content examination based on courses related to EFL and Applied Linguistics (80% is required). For language proficiency applicants can take IELTS (6.6 general and at least 6 in writing) or Internet-based TOEFL (Total of 85 including a writing component - 65 out of 100 – for this component).

- Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by a departmental committee to demonstrate interest and some competence in research methodology.     

 

Students admitted to the M.A program must have completed the following undergraduate courses or their equivalents, subjects to the approval of the Department:

 

EDFL

0203254

Introduction to Language

EDFL

0203467

Language Testing

EDFL

0203364

Error and Contrastive Analysis

EDFL

0203363

Language Learning

 

As for students who have either not taken these courses or not received a grade of B or more in them, they will be required to complete them with a grade of B at least prior to the beginning of the M.A. course.


DURATION OF THE COURSE:

The M.A. course will last a minimum of two years a maximum of three years for full-time students, and a maximum of four years for part-time students.

 

Graduation requirements:

To graduate, the student will be required to maintain a grade point average of at least B (80%) and complete at least 30 credit hours.

·        14 credit hours (28 contact hours)for required (core) courses.

·         10 credit hours (30 contact hours) for elective (optional) courses.

·         06 credit hours for the thesis.

On the completion of all core courses, a comprehensive examination will be administered by three examiners representing different areas. The student will not be registered for the thesis before the successful completion of the comprehensive examination. Those who fail will be given one opportunity to resit the comprehensive examination.

 

METHODS OF EVALUATION:

The methods of evaluation will vary according to the nature of each course, e.g. final examination, research papers, demonstrations, oral presentations, and group projects, as shown at the end of each course description below.

 

COURSE  PLAN:

A table showing the distribution of courses according to semesters is given below.

 

1st Semester

Teaching hours

EDFL

0203600

Research Methods and Experimental Design

(2cred. 4 cont)

EDFL

0203601

Linguistics

(2cred. 4 cont)

EDFL

0203602

Applied Linguistics

(2cred. 4 cont)

 

 

 

6 credit.

 

2nd  Semester

Teaching hours

EDFL

0203603

Methodology of TEFL

(2cred 4 cont )

EDFL

0203604

Curriculum Development and Syllabus Design

(2cred. 4 cont)

EDFL

6050305

Discourse and Classroom Interaction

(2cred. 4 cont)

EDFL

0203606

Theories of Language Learning

(2cred. 4 cont )

 

 

 

8 cred.


COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION:

3rd  Semester

Teaching hours

EDFL

02036xx

Elective

(2 crd. 3 cont.)

EDFL

02036xx

Elective

(2 crd. 3 cont.)

EDFL

02036xx

Elective

(2 crd. 3 cont.)

 

 

 

6 credits

 

4th Semester

Teaching hours

EDFL

02036xx

Elective

(2 crd. 3 cont.)

EDFL

02036xx

Elective

(2 crd. 3 cont.)

EDFL

0203800

Thesis

(6 crd.)

 

 

 

10 credits

 

PREREQUISITES:

Course

Prerequisite

EDFL

0203603

(EDFL

0203602)

EDFL

0203604

(EDFL

0203602)

EDFL

0203605

(EDFL

0203602)

EDFL

0203606

(EDFL

0203601)

EDFL

0203607

(EDFL

0203603)

EDFL

0203608

(EDFL

0203603)

EDFL

0203609

(EDFL

0203601)

EDFL

0203610

(EDFL

0203602)

EDFL

0203611

(EDFL

0203604)

EDFL

0203612

(EDFL

0203604)

EDFL

0203613

(EDFL

0203602)

EDFL

0203614

(EDFL

0203603)

EDFL

0203615

(EDFL

0203604)

EDFL

0203616

(EDFL

0203604)

EDFL

0203617

(EDFL

0203606)

 


Core Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Hours

0203600

Research Methods and Experimental Design

(2cred. 4 cont)

0203601

Linguistics

(2cred. 4 cont)

0203602

Applied Linguistics

(2cred. 4 cont)

0203603

Methodology of TEFL

(2cred. 4 cont)

0203604

Curriculum Development and Syllabus Design

(2cred. 4 cont)

0203605

Discourse and Classroom Interaction

(2cred. 4 cont)

0203606

Theories of Language Learning

(2cred. 4 cont)

 

Elective – Group A

(At least three courses must be selected from this group)

Course Number

Course Title

Hours

0203607

Teaching Language Skills

(2 crd. 3 cont.)

0203608

Pedagogical Grammar

(2 crd. 3 cont.)

0203609

Translation Studies

(2 crd. 3 cont.)

0203610

Sociolinguistics

(2 crd. 3 cont.)

0203611

Textbooks and EFL Material Production

(2 crd. 3 cont.)

0203612

Multimedia in TEFL

(2 crd. 3 cont.)

Elective – Group B

(At least two courses must be selected from this group)

Course Number

Course Title

Hours

0203613

Language Evaluation and Measurement

(2 crd. 3 cont.)

0203614

Teaching Literature in the EFL Classroom

(2 crd. 3 cont.)

0203615

CALL,  and Internet Resources in TEFL

(2 crd. 3 cont.)

0203616

English for Specific Purposes

(2 crd. 3 cont.)

0203617

Topics in TEFL

(2 crd. 3 cont.)

Required

0203800

Thesis

(6 credits)

 

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