The Master of Arts in English Language and Literature offers students the opportunity to examine literary, theoretical and critical texts from a variety of cultural contexts, fostering advanced skills of comprehension, interpretation, and analysis. A core feature of the program is the investigation of English as a global language, with courses in Applied Linguistics, Second-Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, and the methodology of English-Language Teaching, enabling students to develop practical and academic techniques for further research in the fields of Literature and Linguistics.
Teaching in schools, colleges, and institutes (holders of an MA in English Language and Literature are eligible to operate private language institutes in Cyprus); Media; Publishing; Advertising; Research; International Organizations.
- The development of advanced research skills appropriate to the fields of Literature and Linguistics.
- The sustained and intensive development of critical, analytical, and creative thinking skills, particularly related to modes of humanistic and linguistic inquiry
- The broadening of students’ linguistic, literary and cultural horizons
- The understanding of the role of English in a globalised world and its implications on English language acquisition and teaching
- The familiarization of postgraduate students of Literature with writing in English from a broad range of national contexts
- The familiarization of postgraduate students of Linguistics with core issues of Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism.
- The acquisition of an awareness of the relationship between language and society with particular reference to the English language
- The development of necessary vocabulary and linguistic skills to enable students to become teachers of English or to further their postgraduate studies in Translation and Interpretation.
- The fostering among postgraduate students of advanced abilities in the comprehension, interpretation, and analysis of literary, theoretical, and critical texts from multiple cultural contexts
- The provision to students of the necessary knowledge to prepare for, begin, and sustain independent research in the field of Literature and Linguistics, culminating in individually tailored research projects and/or theses
On completion of the program, students should be able to:
- Apply theoretical knowledge they have acquired in their courses onto current cultural, social and historical debates.
- Identify commonalities and divergences in international literary cultures that would assist an informed and full assessment of their immediate literary and cultural milieu.
- Implement contemporary methods of English Language Teaching.
- Draw informed conclusions on the functions and status of English as a global language and identify varieties of English worldwide (World Englishes)
- Participate in current debates on language learning, second language acquisition and bilingualism.
- Participate with confidence in political debates on gender, sexuality, the body, public and private identity performance, subjectivity, nationalism, and human rights.
- Draw informed conclusions about literature’s relationship to other art forms in a critical framework that also evaluates art and its attendant politics.
- Practise bibliographical research and apply research organization skills useful in the conceptualization of European research proposals.
Last updated March 2, 2016