Institute of Graduate Studies and Research

English Language and Literature (MA)

Duration 2 Years
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About the Program

The M.A. in English Language and Literature Program, which is accredited by the Higher Education Council of Turkey, enable students to pursue their literary and critical research interests with highly qualified and experienced faculty members. The program focuses on the most contemporary and interdisciplinary developments related to the field, such as the understanding of the importance of critical theories for the study of literature. The aim of the program is thus, to provide students with the most modern education on literature. Thesis guidance enables students to pursue individual, independent courses of readings and research in their chosen field of interest, working with a professor who has similar or related interests. The curriculum provides a foundation on literary and cultural studies for graduates who wish to teach or to continue their research at Ph.D. level.

Education Opportunities

It is compulsory to study at least German and French languages along with English in this department, during four years of education. This enables students to learn another foreign language. In addition, students have the opportunity to take elective courses from the Department of English Language Teaching or from other related departments. Students are also offered courses on using computers in accordance with the requirements of the subjects they would specialize in. Our students are given an opportunity to develop projects with their teachers and participate in international symposiums and conferences. Our teaching staff guides each student in person and according to their interests. Our university has a multicultural milieu having students from all over the world.

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Career Areas

Graduates of this department can enroll in the formation program in teaching and gain the right to teach English as English teachers. Our graduates can also be employed as research fellows and instructors, or work as interpreters or translators in relevant fields in public and private sectors. Graduates of the program will be prepared to pursue a doctoral degree in English; to teach at higher education institutions as instructors; or work in diverse job environments outside the academia, where their knowledge of the field, their linguistic, interpretive, and research skills are in demand. Graduates with the talent and interest can join the literary world and write their own short stories, novels and poems. They can also become art, literary writing and theater play critics.

Contact

Institute of Graduate Studies and Research
Graduate Sciences and Education Center, GE106
Tel: +90 392 671 1111 Extension: 2214-2228
Institute E-mail: ciu-institute@ciu.edu.tr

Compulsory modules

First Semester
LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE

Course code

ELLE501

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
This course mainly focuses on literary discourse. It aims to offer a background to textual construction and language use, language use in literary texts, and interpretation of the reader. The course also dwells on literary studies, including how literature and language are integrated. This course is based on a survey of a selection of historically and culturally significant literary texts. The students are expected to develop their verbal, written and oral skills through these texts. Students will be able to analyze a variety of literary texts written in English in their contextual usage and improve their critical thinking abilities through literary texts.
LITERARY AND CULTURAL STUDIES

Course code

ELLE502

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
The course focuses on the analysis of various literary texts on the basis of various trends of criticism and culture specific issues. The course will examine the major contemporary literary theories, the key concepts in each, analyse the main theoretical and interpretive methods, apply and illustrate these in literary texts, as well as compare and contrast the different interpretive strategies.The adaptation procedure of literary texts into films and other documentaries will be examined. Selected films will be analyzed in class. The relationship between literature and culture and different types of related theories will be discussed and related films will be interpreted accordingly.
ELECTIVE I

Course code

ELLE5X1

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ELECTIVE II

Course code

ELLE5X2

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Second Semester
SEMINAR

Course code

ELLE590

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

8
This course is designed to give information about research, research ethics and plagiarism, literature review, research methods and design, technical report writing and effective presentation technique on social science. After having adequate knowledge regarding research basics, each student is required to choose a topic that is suitable to his/her academic background and interests, study this topic, make a literature survey, and point out the relevant further research areas. As a result of this process, each student should prepare a research proposal and give a seminar. Students also will learn how to write an abstract, introduction, literature review, methodology, analysis of findings and conclusion.
ELECTIVE III

Course code

ELLE5X3

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ELECTIVE IV

Course code

ELLE5X4

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ELECTIVE V

Course code

ELLE5X5

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Third Semester
THESIS

Course code

ELLE500

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

30
At the beginning of the thesis writing process, the thesis topic is selected under the supervision of the thesis advisor. Then, the student makes a plan to collect the data. After working on the literature review on the thesis topic, data collection tools are created. After the data is collected, the student analyzes the data and writes the discussion and conclusion by comparing the results of the research with the relevant literature. Thesis writing is done according to the university's thesis writing rules. At the end of the course, the study of the graduate student is tested by the department.

Optional modules

SHORT STORY ANALYSIS

Course code

ELLE509

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
This course offers a historical background to the short story and helps students to develop their skills in analyzing short stories. Focuses on reading, discussion, and written analysis of short stories in order to develop skills in literary analysis and interpretation and familiarity with the conventions of the short story. The selected stories are drawn from various literary traditions, although emphasis may be placed on the American tradition, which has been especially productive and influential. Emphasis will be on the historical development of the short story as a distinct literary genre. Samples from all over the world will be examined.
STYLISTICS

Course code

ELLE505

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
This is an interdisciplinary course which deals with some of the ways in which texts, particularly literary texts, can be examined from a linguistic perspective. Its aims is enable students to use linguistic analysis in order to explain how literary texts achieve their effects.It covers areas such as discourse analysis, pragmatics, semantics and literary studies. It aims at helping students to apply textual analysis to oral and written texts. In this course, attention will be given to the relevance of stylistics to literary works and cultural productions. Th course also will demonstrate how communicative effects are achieved through linguistic choices.
COMPARATIVE NOVEL

Course code

ELLE504

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
In this course various novels selected from various literatures will be analyzed. Various critical angles will lie employed as to analyze the novels from many perspectives such as characterization, theme, social and cultural patterns and construction. This course also aims to familiarize students with the main genres and movements, novelists and the novels of American and British Literature; help students analyse and discuss novels in terms of character, theme, plot structure, narration technique, point of view, language and style; compare and contrast two novels; and write an article comparing two novels. The course will focus on novels form different contemporary world literatures.
CONTEMPORARY BRITISH POETRY

Course code

ELLE516

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
The works of contemporary poets will be analyzed with regard to various contemporary trends in criticism. This course will examine writers and works from England, Ireland, India, Africa, and the Caribbean, paying special attention to the global contexts that have reshaped both British literature and the English language in the twentieth century. The course focuses on the main trends, developments and poetic movements in modern poetry and examines the works of major poets in terms of both form and content. The course will examine the historical, cultural and literary context of the period from 1900 to the present period.
BRITISH DRAMA FROM 1950 TO THE PRESENT

Course code

ELLE512

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
This course aims to familiarize students with the genres of drama, main trends in contemporary British drama, prominent dramatists and their work; to help students to analyse the main elements of plays and discuss them, and compare and contrast plays. This course examines plays that engage with issues of family, relationships, class, race and gender and that question accepted versions of history in the light of contemporaneous political events. The plays were selected to mirror the poetry, fiction and cinema of the time in interrogating the values and attitudes of the preceding generations and reflect the dramatists' determination to promote new perspectives.
SATIRE IN ENGLISH LITERATURE

Course code

ELLE515

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
The course presents satire with reference to its origins and its use in various texts and periods. This course exposes students to a variety of satires from different historical and cultural contexts and questions whether satire can effect change. Students will learn the modes and tools of satirical texts—understatement, hyperbole, irony, metaphor, etc.—in order to gain a deeper sense of how satires are successfully created and executed. The course studies satire in a variety of forms and media such as novels, plays, television shows, movies, websites, and blogs. Students will learn how to choose the best related texts.
DISCOURSE ANALYSIS

Course code

ELTE509

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
The aim of this course is to investigate the functions of language (in other words, what language is used for) and how meaning is constructed in different contexts. The course focuses on the organization of language above the sentence level and analyses spoken and written discourse from the perspective of its lexical, grammatical, functional and organisational features. It also deals with the influence of cultural, situational and textual contexts on the construction and decoding of discourse. It covers the fundamental approaches to the analysis of discourse such as speech act theory, ethnomethodology, interactional sociolinguistics, ethnography of communication, and variation theory.
APPLIED LİNGUISTICS FOR LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Course code

ELTE521

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
The course covers applied linguistic concepts and basic literature with special emphasis on the application of linguistic theories to foreign or second language teaching and learning. It focuses on the solution of problems encountered by language learners in the process of first and second language acquisition. At the end of this course, the students will be able to: (1) explain the impacts of diverse approaches to the study of languages on language teaching, (2) compare basic aspects of L1 and L2, (3) describe possible problems learners may encounter in learning another language, (4) carry out error analysis, (5) discuss basic applied linguistic concepts.
COMARATIVE DRAMA

Course code

ELLE506

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
The works of the dramatist of the same or different periods will be analyzed. The way dramatists use genre and theme in different plays will also be analyzed in this course. This course aims to study the plays by well-known dramatists in English and American Literature and compare various dramatic genres. As a collaborative mode of communication, theatre can take many forms. It can interrogate socio-political issues, cultural preservation or exclusion, present idealized worlds for escapism, offer a highly stimulating sensory experience, or portray familiar stories, characters, and traditions. The student will learn how to select proper drama play for the course.
BRITISH - IRISH DRAMA

Course code

ELLE511

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
In this course, the focus will be on introducing the plays written in the 19th and 20th centuries. The course also dwells on the analysis of the chosen plays in British and Irish literature. The course will choose representatives from 19th- and 20th-century English and Irish plays by major dramatists such as Caryl Churchill, Shaw, Synge, Yeats, Beckett, and Walsh. Students will acquaint themselves with a range of plays, playwrights, performance spaces, dramaturgical conventions, and acting methods of these periods to understand the role and impact of theatre in British and Irish popular culture. Students will learn how to choose the best drama plays.
ACADEMIC WRITING

Course code

ELLE517

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
This course aims to focus on professional writing by discussing problems common to all technical writing and examining effective ways to describe processes and procedures. The course focuses on the academic skills and basic elements of academic writing. The course will increase students’ agency as writers by acquiring both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to produce texts for interdisciplinary academic discourses. Students will have an opportunity to practice critical reading and writing through summarizing, analyzing, evaluating and synthesizing ideas. Students will also learn how to engage with scholarly sources effectively and incorporate them into their own texts.
TEACHING ENGLISH TO YOUNG LEARNERS

Course code

ELTE516

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
This course focuses on the unique needs of young English language learners. Some topics include adapting teaching techniques to suit young learners, bearing in mind their cognitive development, attention span, and learning styles, including the importance of the affective domain. Critical issues and challenges in teaching English to young learners will be presented and discussed. Topics such as immersion teaching in English and CLIL are taught and significant research outcomes are presented. Language development in young learners is one of the most important topics. Building on this, teaching grammar, storytelling, picture books, drama, technology and intercultural understanding are exemplified and possible materials to use to present these topics are shown. The module is completed with various ways of assessment and portfolio that can be used as assessment and evaluation techniques with children.
TEFL METHODOLOGY

Course code

ELTE505

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
This course studies diverse foreign or second language teaching methods and how they differ from one another from the perspective of approach, design, and procedure. It provides students with insights into the characteristics of each method and enables them to choose an appropriate procedure for a specific context and deliver their lessons accordingly. The course covers the teaching of language items (pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and discursive features, the development of four macro language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing), the realization of language functions, and the development of language strategies. Students will be able to compare traditional and communicative approaches and carry out research into teaching English as foreign or second language Teaching.
LANGUAGE TESTING

Course code

ELTE506

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
This course focuses on important issues in language testing by focusing on relevant literature, provides students with practical experience in designing language test items, a wider understanding of research in the field of language testing (based on current research articles), and an additional insight into socio-cultural and ethical aspects of language testing. The course aims to deal with the topics: validity, reliability, rating scales, ethical issues, the assessment of receptive skills (listening and reading) and productive skills (speaking and writing), testing techniques, testing procedures, and the evaluation of test items. Language testing covers considerable practical work on constructing tests and analysing test results.
ENGLISH LITERATURE-I

Course code

ELTE203

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

This introductory course includes brief cultural history of British and American literature and literary works written in English, fundamental terms and techniques used while studying a literary text, introduction to the major genres and styles in literature, and introduction to the movements and periods in literature in English. Students analyze the content and style of various literary texts such as short story, poem, drama and novel representing different periods and genres of English literature. This course also focuses on developing an appreciation for literature’s contribution to our understanding of life. Students use literary tools to analyze and critically evaluate the works they have read. This course, through classroom discussions, aims to help students gain a critical perspective towards the texts.
ENGLISH LITERATURE-II

Course code

ELTE204

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

This course explores a variety of literary texts from a range of eras and writers of British and American literature and literary works written in English, accordingly. Students will have the chance to practice their knowledge about key terms and concepts by analyzing literary texts in order to identify these concepts and their use in a text. The course will provide a solid foundation about the fundamental movements and periods in literature written in English. Through the use of selected literary texts from various periods, fundamental concepts, terms, techniques and literary, philosophical and scientific approaches and movements will be examined. Student teachers are expected to prepare focused writing assignments on designated topics.
RESEARCH METHODS IN ELT

Course code

ELTE513

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
This course focuses on research into foreign/second language education and aims to enable master’s students to critically evaluate published research in the ELT field, and design their own research studies. The course covers a range of theoretical, practical, and ethical issues in the field of ELT research, with an emphasis on language teaching and learning. It focuses on the research design, examines principles for undertaking empirical research, introduces quantitative and qualitative methods for conducting research in the language classroom, and provides hands-on experience with research design, instruments for data collection, quantitative and qualitative methods of data analysis, evaluation of published research, and research report writing.
PROBLEMS IN INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

Course code

INRE503

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
As a sub-field of International Relations discipline, the scope of International Security Studies gradually broadens. Therefore, this course examines major traditional and new theoretical approaches to International Security Studies as well as the different aspects of the contemporary international security issues, events, structures and processes. The course also aims to develop analytical and critical skills of the graduate students to comprehend and discuss the specific cases in the changing conceptual/theoretical framework of International Security by referring to different sectors of security such as military, economy, society, politics, energy and environment.
PRAGMATICS AND LANGUAGE TEACHING

Course code

ELTE524

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
The course aims to provide students with insights into the use of language in communication, possible interpretations of utterances depending on the contexts and situations in which they are used, speech acts, maxims of conversation, and implications of the study of pragmatics for language teaching. The course is about how meaning varies from one context to another in terms of utterance meaning. It examines how what is said fulfils different functions in different contexts. In this course, it is also discussed how people cooperate to carry out effective communication. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to discuss important concepts in pragmatics and analyse naturally occurring linguistic data for both structure and function.
DRAMA IN LANGUAGE CLASSES

Course code

ELTE613

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
The aim of this course is to investigate the role of drama activities in foreign or second learning. The course presents an overview of educational drama and its potential for language learning; a combination of theory and practice to discuss and apply the possibilities of further inclusion of drama in English Language Teaching; exploration and production of new materials to be used at all levels of language learning for the acquisition of vocabulary items, grammatical items, functional units and the development of language skills. Students will be able to plan and conduct effective drama activities and do research into the efficacy of such activities.

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  • Bachelor’s Degree Diploma
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Students who are interested in pursuing advanced graduate studies leading to a master’s, doctoral degree, or professional doctorate degree for the Fall and Spring semesters every year. Applicants can directly apply online to our graduate programs using the application portal.

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  • Bachelor’s Degree Diploma
  • Bachelor’s Degree transcripts for each completed academic term/year.
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Fee pe​r course     € 350,00
Fee for thesis     € 1.050,00
Fee for seminar     € 120,00 
Scientific Foundation per course     € 150,00
Registration and other fees* € 245,00
Student Union fee € 50,00    
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*Applies to 1st. Year students. € 195,00 for others.