1. Program Objectives

Doctor of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is designed to advance your knowledge of second language pedagogy, intercultural communication, research methodologies, and educational foundations. Student will conduct research in linguistically and socially diverse environments and communities, and prepare for a career in academic, second language, and bicultural settings.


2. Career Opportunities

Students completing this degree will be able to work as a:

  • TESOL instructor;
  • Academic adviser;
  • TESOL program director;
  • TESOL textbook writer or editor;
  • Researcher or teacher educator in TESOL in colleges and universities; and
  • Curriculum specialist, developer, or evaluator in government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

3. Expected Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • show thorough understanding of language teaching including theories and practices in a variety of educational, social and cultural contexts;
  • demonstrate knowledge in areas such as second language pedagogy, research methodologies and approaches to teaching, curriculum design and evaluation, testing and assessment, discourse analysis, and language acquisition; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of the developments in language teaching and learning.
  • apply advanced theoretical insights and techniques of teaching and learning in a creative analysis of major issues and problems and development of innovative solutions;
  • synthesize research and theoretical writings and develop new and creative insights in the fields of applied linguistics, sociolinguistics and language pedagogies; and
  • design, implement, evaluate and develop diverse teaching methodologies and assessment strategies for students from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • act consistently with a high level of autonomy and initiative in professional or scholarly activities;
  • take full responsibilities for own activities, and evaluates and works to improve personal effectiveness;
  • facilitate constructive interaction in group activities and exercises effective leadership in complex professional and social environments; and
  • deal consistently and sensitively with complex ethical issues, make informed, fair, and valid judgment.
  • communicate effectively and at appropriate levels with academic and professional audiences and the wider community through informal and formal reports and presentations and academic and professional publications; and
  • critically evaluate and make effectively use of mathematical and statistical data and uses a wide range of  appropriate information and communication technology in investigating issues and in communicating conclusions and recommendations.

4. Admission Requirements

To enroll in this program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • hold a Master Degree of Arts or a Master Degree of Education in English with a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.00 and are expected to demonstrate potential to undertake work;
  • have a research proposal;
  • pass the university’s English Proficiency Test or hold an official IELTS test report with an average score of 5.5; and
  • pass the entrance examination.