The objective of this ELT program is to provide students with solid knowledge of methodological theory and familiarize them with the skills necessary for application of the theory into teaching practice.
The selection of individual subjects reflects the current trends in second language acquisition as well as the identified local and regional instructional needs and necessities. The program is primarily designed for graduates of English as a foreign language who wish to specialize and develop their skills in EFL pedagogy. There are also research components (both qualitative and quantitative), academic, as well as "modern research" conducted in the classroom itself.
Many graduate students on the program will have already embarked on their teaching careers. To facilitate this, classes take place at the weekend, outside of normal working hours. Many of our courses offer specialist training that English instructors will find useful, such as: FLT methodology, Classroom Management, Pedagogical Grammar and Writing, Computer Assisted Language Learning and Needs Analysis. It is based on the best principles of modern teacher training from the Anglophone world applied in a Balkan context.
While this program is designed specifically with the needs of English teachers in mind, this program is also effective at providing students with the skills needed for advanced academic research, and can therefore also be useful for students intending to become translators, critics, copy editors, or writers.
The program offers two semesters of taught instruction, followed by the research and writing of a Masters thesis. The thesis process will involve the student in close collaboration with a PhD mentor from the Department, and will enable the student to write an extensive work of research upon a subject of his or her interest. This enables the student to develop, and to demonstrate, the abilities to conduct research, synthesize material, and to write an extensive analysis. These skills, together with the pedagogical expertise gained in this program, have wide applications in the modern marketplace.