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Welcome To METU NCC Teaching English As A Foreign Language Program

Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) involves teaching English to individuals, usually in their own countries. The demand for EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers is enormous nationally and internationally and the job market is quite competitive. A good teacher has the knowledge, expertise and practical know-how to teach students with diverse needs and interests in EFL.

METU Northern Cyprus Campus TEFL Program

The B.A. Program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language provides students with the opportunity to expand and refine their knowledge of English and equips them with the means and resources to assist their own students in learning English. TEFL students learn the best practices in the planning, teaching and evaluating of second language instruction and are given the opportunity to observe how these practices are implemented in local schools. To address some of the needs of globalization, students are also provided with a wide selection of courses mainly focusing on literature and humanities. Most of these courses are also open to interested students in other programs at the METU Northern Cyprus campus, giving them the opportunity to study the humanities and reach across disciplinary boundaries in developing skills of critical and intellectual engagement. Students also take courses in a second foreign language, which they learn to actively use in communication and to obtain or reinforce knowledge of other subject areas.

Mission

In accordance with the mission and the basic principles of Middle East Technical University – Northern Cyprus Campus, the Teaching English as a Foreign Language Program aims to instruct and train qualified teachers with a superior knowledge of English, critical teaching and thinking skills, and broad intellectual curiosity of languages and cultures. Graduates will have a near-perfect knowledge of English, including the rules and representations underlying the structure of English, Linguistics, Contrastive Turkish-English Structure, and teaching theories and methodologies. Additionally, the TEFL program at METU-NCC endeavors to provide students with literature and humanities courses to familiarize them with authentic texts, the best examples of written and spoken English, the social and historical contexts of the English language, and interdisciplinary literary and cultural experiences.

The TEFL Program also equips future teachers with the means and resources to assist their students in learning English. With English Language Teaching Methodology and Education courses, students learn best practices in the planning, teaching and evaluating of foreign language instruction and are given the opportunity to observe how these practices are implemented in local schools.

To address some of the needs of globalization, students are also provided with courses in a second foreign language (French, German), which they learn to actively use in communication and to obtain or reinforce knowledge of other subject areas. The program also provides students with knowledge and practice in the current uses of technology in learning and teaching and a wide selection of elective courses mainly focusing on literature, the arts, and linguistics. Most of these elective courses are also open to interested students across the campus, giving all students the opportunity to engage directly with the humanities and reach across disciplinary boundaries in developing skills of critical intellectual engagement. This directly supports the overall mission of METU-NCC to help students develop humane and moral values and an open-mindedness for contributing to a global community.

Graduates of the TEFL Program will be certified English teachers and will be qualified to work as English teachers, curriculum designers and material developers at public and private schools and universities, as well as in other areas requiring advanced English language skills. They can also continue studying for Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in English Language Teaching, Linguistics, Literature, and in many areas of social sciences.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program will be certified English teachers and will be qualified to work as English teachers, curriculum designers and material developers at public and private schools and state and foundation universities as well as in other areas and contexts requiring advanced English language skills.