The Department of English is one of the original departments established when the University of Yangon was first set up in 1920. Previously, the Department of English shared Taungoo Hall with the Department of Myanmar but now it is located in Panglong Hall, sharing the building with the National Centre for English Language, on the Main Campus of Yangon University.

Objectives

  1. To promote the English language skills of students from the University of Yangon
  2. To upgrade the quality of English used by teachers at the University of Yangon through training, research and dissemination of knowledge and skills
  3. To develop English language teaching materials and expand English language and literature courses
  4. To provide English language related services to the Ministry of Education and the general public

Currently, the Department of English not only offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in English but also provides in-service training in English for other academic departments and government organizations. It also offers a Diploma in English to the general public as part of a human resource development programme in collaboration with the National Centre for English Language to fulfil the English proficiency requirement of the general public.

We also offer liaison, translation and interpreter services to ministries and government organizations. Thus, the Department of English serves as an academic as well as a service department catering to the needs of those on the campus as well as beyond.

Faculty

The Department of English has 33 staff members. Three of them are doctoral degree holders and the rest are the master’s degree holders. Most of them are teacher trainers on the courses jointly undertaken by the English Department, University of Yangon and NCEL.

Professor 1
Lecturers 11
Assistant Lecturers 12
Tutors 8
Total 33

 

Courses Offered at Yangon University

The English Department offers:

  • BA (English)
  • BA (Honours) (English)
  • MA (Qualifying)
  • MA (English)
  • PhD (English) and
  • Postgraduate Diploma in English Language Teaching.

The English Department also provides Foundation English classes to all the undergraduate students and honours students. We also offer English training for the teachers of the Diploma in Applied Geology Course, the Diploma in Information and Library Science Course and an English for PhD Preliminary Course.

Apart from training the students of the University of Yangon, the English Department has the responsibility of teaching BA (EPP) (English for Professional Purposes) classes offered by the National Management Degree College.

In addition, English Proficiency Courses for Non-English Specialisation Teachers (NEST) are occasionally conducted for the faculty of different disciplines in the University of Yangon in order to improve their English language proficiency and to acquaint them with academic English.  More than 300 teachers have benefited from this course.

The English Department currently offers English language proficiency courses conducted under the HRD Programme and other on-demand courses. Among them, the Diploma in English Course, which is known as “Global English Course”, provides training to different levels of staff from ministries and government offices to improve their English proficiency. It is a 5 level course: Basic Level, Intermediate Level, Upper Intermediate Level, Advanced Level I, and Advanced Level II. Up to now, 54,345 have been awarded a Diploma in English.

Our Students

Currently the English Department offers undergraduate, diploma and postgraduate courses. Many of these courses are full time and the mode of instruction is through lectures, self-study, discussions, paper presentations, written assignments and seminars.  Progress is measured on the individual’s active participation in discussions, paper presentations and seminars. However, assessments on written assignments and written examinations at the end of each semester are the main determinants for the conferment of Diploma, Bachelor and Master degrees.

No. of English Specialization Students Enrolled in 2017-2018 AY
Sr. No. Course Total
1 BA English 151
2 BA (Honours) (English) 40
3 Diploma in English Language Teaching 30
4 MA (English) 27
5 PhD Prelim (English) 2
6 PhD Thesis (English) 10
Total 260
 No. of Students taught by English Department teachers in 2013-2014 AY
Sr. No. Course Total
1 BA English for Professional Purposes 180
1 Foundation English for BA/ BSc Courses 3407
2 Diploma in Applied Geology 52
3 Diploma in Library Science 15
4 English for PhD Prelim from other disciplines 139
Total 3,793

 

Tasks to Promote the English Language Skills of the Students

Every year, the English Department runs a language competition for students at the University of Yangon to train them to develop 21st century skills such as communication skills, critical thinking skills, analytical thinking skills, decision making skills and to become effective public speakers. The competition consists of three parts: essay, impromptu talk and a round-table discussion.

Training Programmes Conducted in Collaboration with the National Centre for English Language

The English Department carries out training courses, workshops and seminars in collaboration with the NCEL to upgrade the quality of English language teachers at different levels. One of the programmes, the Upskilling Programme for Newly Appointed Tutors of English (UPFATE), is conducted whenever the Ministry of Education recruits new English tutors for higher education institutions.  To date, more than 631 newly appointed teachers have received this training. During the eight week course, participants have a chance to upgrade their language proficiency as well as teaching efficiency, to learn the use of ICT in English language teaching, to conduct action research and to participate in classroom discussions and activities to upgrade their fluency.  The English Department has also conducted refresher courses for senior lecturers to equip them with new teaching methodology and upgrade their English language skills for teaching.

In addition, staff of the English Department are the co-instructors of on-demand courses like the Myanmar Interpreters Training Course, English for Effective Presentation Course, and the Master of Ceremonies Training Course which were conducted by the NCEL.

Another significant programme jointly conducted with the NCEL is an English Language Course for Higher Education Teachers (ELCHET) which has been run since 2002. The aim of the course is to upgrade the English language proficiency of newly appointed tutors and demonstrators from different disciplines, to equip them with skills required to participate in presentations, workshops and seminars, and to acquaint them with English language instruction. Altogether 3,184 tutors and demonstrators have been trained so far.

Courses Provided for the Basic Education Sector

In addition to building the capacity of higher education teachers, the English Department has assisted the NCEL in conducting refresher courses and training the trainer courses for senior high school teachers and in maximizing the use of English of teachers from education colleges since 2001.

Data Broadcasting and TV Lessons

The faculty of the English Department disseminates knowledge on English language and language teaching through TV lessons for basic as well as higher education students and teachers. Topics range from grammar and functional language lessons to faculty development programmes, and the TV lessons for matriculation teachers and students are regularly broadcast on most of the TV channels.

Services for the Ministry of Education and other ministries

The English Department provides services not only to the Ministry of Education but also to other ministries, including the following services:

  • Conducting English Language Courses
  • Providing services as Master of Ceremonies
  • Providing services as Liaison Officers
  • Setting questions and marking the answer scripts for Scholarship selection
  • Setting questions and marking the answer scripts for the Union Civil Service Board and other ministries
  • Providing translators and interpreters.

Seminars,Workshops, and Conferences

The English Department works in collaboration with NCEL hosted workshops and seminars conducted by local as well as foreign academics. These seminars and workshops cover a wide range of areas such as International Writing Programme, a Reading and Lecture Tour in Myanmar, the Asia Pacific Sign Linguistics Research and Training Programme (APSL), Authentic Problem-Based Learning, Teaching Literature, Intercultural Communication, and Academic Writing.

The English Department and the NCEL have jointly organized conferences on English Language Teaching since 2002 and altogether eight ELT conferences have been held on various themes such as teaching methodology and techniques, teaching literature and linguistics, assessment, translation and interpretation and professional development programmes.

International Collaboration

The English Department is now collaborating closely with international institutions and organizations such as Australia Volunteer International (AVI), the British Council (Myanmar), the US department of State, the English Foreign Languages University of Hyderabad, India, Sydney University (Australia), and SEAMEO RELC, Singapore for the promotion of English language teaching and training in Myanmar.

Department Library

Situated in a quiet corner of the department, the English department library houses different categories of approximately 8500 books and reference books on literature, linguistics, applied linguistics and English language teaching as well as journals, magazines, newspapers and other periodicals.

1. English language and linguistics
2. Language and communication
3. Literature
4. Applied Linguistics
5. English Language Teaching

Curriculum

FIRST YEAR – ENGLISH              SEMESTER –I

Foundation Course

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Core Courses

Eng 1101      English Literature – 1 (19th and 20th Century Prose and 20th Century Short Stories)

Eng 1102      English Literature – 2 (20th Century Poetry and Drama)

Eng 1103      Communicative Skills -1

Elective Courses (for English Specialisation)

Psy 1001      Public Relations

Phil 1001      Logic in Practice – 1

OS 1001       Fundamentals of the Pali Language

IR 1002        Introduction to International Relations – 1

Hist 1003     World History to 1500 – 1

AM 1001      Aspects of Myanmar

* An English specialisation student will have to take two electives (one elective, and AM 1001) from among those offered.

 

FIRST YEAR  – ENGLISH                          SEMESTER –II

 

Foundation Course

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Core Courses

Eng  1104     English Literature – 3 (19thand 20th Century Prose and 20th Century Short Stories)

Eng  1105     English Literature – 4 (20th Century Poetry and Drama)

Eng  1106     Communicative Skills – 2

Elective Courses (for English Specialisation)

OS 1007       Pali Literature

Phil1003       Logic in Practice – 2

Psy1004       Understanding Human Interaction

IR 1005        Introduction to International Relations – 2

Hist 1006     World History 1500 – 2

AM 1002      Aspects of Myanmar

* An English specialisation student will have to take two electives (one elective and AM 1002) from among those offered.

SECOND YEAR  – ENGLISH                 SEMESTER –I

Foundation Course

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Core Courses

Eng  2101     English Literature – 5 (16th to 20th Century Prose and 19th and 20th Century Short Stories)

Eng  2102     English Literature – 6  (19th and 20th Century Poetry and Drama)

Eng  2103     English Language Studies – 1 (Introduction to General Linguistics and Phonetics)

Eng  2104     Communicative Skills – 3

Elective Courses (for English Specialisation)

Hist 2003     Social History of England

Psy  2001     Language and Thought

Phil 2001      History of Western Intellectual Development – 1

IR   2001      Elements of Political Institutions – 1

OS 2001       Pali Language

OS 2003       Pali Literature (Prose)

Elective Courses (for Other Specialisations)

Eng  2003 Developing Communicative Skills – 1

 * An English specialisation student will have to take one elective

 

SECOND YEAR  – ENGLISH                             SEMESTER –II

Foundation Course

မ ၂၀၀၂ ျမန္မာစာ

Core Courses

Eng  2105     English Literature – 7 (16th to 20th Century Prose and 19th and 20th Century Short Stories)

Eng  2106     English Literature – 8 (19thand 20th Century Poetry and Drama)

Eng  2107     English Language Studies – 2 (Introduction to English Phonology)

Eng  2108     Communicative Skills – 4

Elective Courses (for English Specialisation)

Hist 2006      Social History of England

Psy  2004      Stress and Stress Management

Phil 2006      History of Western Intellectual Development – 2

IR   2004      Elements of Political Institutions – 2

OS 2006       Pali Language

OS 2008       Pali Literature (Poetry)

Elective Courses (for Other Specialisations)

Eng  2004 Developing Communicative Skills – 2

 * An English specialisation student will have to take one elective.

THIRD YEAR – ENGLISH         SEMESTER – I

Foundation Course

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Core Courses

Eng  3101     English Literature – 9 (19thand 20th Century Short Stories and The Novel)

Eng 3102      English Literature – 10(18th and 19th Century Poetry and Drama)

Eng 3103      English Language Studies – 3  (Morphology)

Eng 3104      Translation & Interpretation – 1

 Elective Courses (for English Specialistion)

 Eng 3105      Communicative Skills – 5

Eng 3106      Business English – 1

Eng 3107      Introducing ELT Methodology – 1

 Elective Courses (for Other Specialisations)

Eng 3003      Developing Communicative Skills– 3

* An English specialisation student will have to take one elective.

 

THIRD YEAR  – ENGLISH       SEMESTER – II

Foundation Course

မ ၃၀၀၁၂      ျမန္မာစာ

Core Courses

Eng 3108      English Literature – 11 (19th and 20th Century Short Stories and The Novel)

Eng 3109      English Literature – 12 (18th and 19th Century Poetry and Drama)

Eng 3110      English Language Studies – 4 (Syntactic Theory – 1)

Eng 3111       Translation & Interpretation – 2

Elective Courses (for English Specialisation)

Eng 3112      Communicative Skills – 6

Eng 3113      Business English – 2

Eng 3114      Introducing ELT Methodology – 2

Elective Courses (for Other Specialisations)

Eng 3004      Developing Communicative Skills – 4

* An English specialisation student will have to take one elective.

 

FOURTH YEAR – ENGLISH         SEMESTER – I

Foundation Course

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 Core Courses

Eng 4101    Research Paper Writing

Eng 4102    English Literature – 13 (19th Century Short Stories and The Novel)

Eng 4103    English Language Studies – 5 (Syntactic Theory – 2 and Introduction to Semantics)

Eng 4104    Translation and Interpretation – 3

 Elective Courses (for English Specialisation)

Eng 4105    ASEAN Literature in English – 1

Eng 4106    Communicative Skills – 7

Eng 4107    Business English – 3

Eng 4108    English Language Teaching – 1

 * An English specialisation student will have to take one elective.

 

FOURTH YEAR – ENGLISH                 SEMESTER – II

Foundation Course

မ ၄၀၀၂    ျမန္မာစာ

Core Courses

Eng 4109      Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

Eng 4110      English Literature – 14 (17th and 18th Century Poetry and Drama)

Eng 4111      English Language Studies – 6 (Syntactic Theory – 3 and Introduction to Discourse Analysis)

Eng 4112      Translation and Interpretation – 4

Elective Courses (for English Specialisation)

Eng 4113      ASEAN Literature in English – 2

Eng 4114      Communicative Skills – 8

Eng 4115      Business English – 4

Eng 4116      English Language Teaching – 2

* An English specialisation student will have to take one elective.

* It is compulsory for all students to submit term papers at the end of the semester.

 

FIRST YEAR HONOURS – ENGLISH                                  SEMESTER – I

Foundation Course

မ ၃၀၀၁       ျမန္မာစာ

Core Courses

Eng  3201     English Literature – 9   (19th and 20th Century Short Stories and The Novel)

Eng 3202      English Literature – 10 (18th and 19th Century Poetry and Drama)

Eng 3203      English Language Studies –3 (Morphology)

Eng 3204      Translation and Interpretation – 1

Elective Courses (for English Specialisation)

Eng 3205      Communicative Skills – 5

Eng 3206      Business English – 1

Eng 3207      Introducing ELT Methodology– 1

 * An English specialisation student will have to take one elective.

 

FIRST YEAR HONOURS – ENGLISH                              SEMESTER – II

Foundation Course

မ ၃၀၀၂       ျမန္မာစာ

Core Courses

Eng 3208      English Literature – 11 (19th and 20th Century Short Stories and The Novel)

Eng 3209      English Literature – 12 (18th and 19th Century Poetry and Drama)

Eng 3210      English Language Studies – 4 (Syntactic Theory – 1)

Eng 3211      Translation and Interpretation – 2

Elective Courses (for English Specialisation)

Eng 3212         Communicative Skills – 6

Eng 3213         Business English – 2

Eng 3214         Introducing ELT Methodology – 2

* An English specialisation student will have to take one elective.

SECOND YEAR HONOURS – ENGLISH                                SEMESTER – I

Foundation Course

မ ၄၀၀၁       ျမန္မာစာ

 Core Courses

Eng 4201         Research Paper Writing

Eng 4202         English Literature – 13 (19th Century Short Stories and The Novel)

Eng 4203          English Language Studies – 5 (Syntactic Theory – 2 and Introduction to Semantics)

Eng 4204 Translation & Interpretation – 3

 Elective Courses (for English Specialisation)

Eng 4205         ASEAN Literature in English – 1

Eng 4206         Communicative Skills – 7

Eng 4207         Business English – 3

Eng 4208         English Language Teaching – 1

* An English specialisation student will have to take one elective.

 

SECOND YEAR HONOURS – ENGLISH                                SEMESTER – II

Foundation Course

မ ၄၀၀၂      ျမန္မာစာ

 Core Courses

Eng 4209      Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

Eng 4210      English Literature – 14 (17th and 18th Century Poetry and Drama)

Eng 4211      English Language Studies – 6 (Syntactic Theory – 3 and Introduction to Discourse Analysis)

Eng 4212      Translation and Interpretation – 4

Elective Courses (for English Specialisation)

Eng 4213      ASEAN Literature in English – 2

Eng 4214      Communicative Skills – 8

Eng 4215      Business English – 4

Eng 4216      English Language Teaching – 2

* An English specialisation student will have to take one elective.

THIRD YEAR HONOURS – ENGLISH                           SEMESTER – I

Core Courses

Eng 5201      English Literature – 15

Eng 5202      Intercultural Communication –1

Eng 5203      English Language Studies – 7 (Introduction to Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics)

Eng 5204      Effective Negotiating and Effective Meetings

Elective Courses (for English Specialisation)

Eng 5205      World Literature in English – 1

Eng 5206      Communicative Skills – 9

Eng 5207      Business English – 5

Eng  5208     English for Hospitality and Tourism – 1

 * An English specialisation student will have to take two electives (elective 1*and 2*) from among those offered.

 

THIRD YEAR HONOURS – ENGLISH                                        SEMESTER – II

Core Courses

Eng 5209      English Literature – 16

Eng 5210      Intercultural Communication – 2

Eng 5211      English Language Studies – 8 (Introduction to Stylistics and Pragmatics)

Eng 5212      English in the Media

Elective Courses (for English Specialisation)

Eng 5213      World Literature in English – 2

Eng 5214      Communicative Skills – 10

Eng 5215      Business English – 6

Eng  5216     English for Hospitality and Tourism – 2

 * An English specialisation student will have to take two electives (elective 1*and 2*) from among those offered.

* It is compulsory for all students to submit term papers at the end of the semester.

MA QUALIFYING  – ENGLISH                                                   SEMESTER – I

Core Courses

Eng 5201      English Literature – 15

Eng 5202      Intercultural Communication – 1

Eng 5203      English Language Studies – 7 (Introduction to Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics)

Eng 5204      Effective Negotiating and Effective Meetings

 Elective Courses (for English Specialisation)

Eng 5205      World Literature in English – 1

Eng 5206      Communicative Skills – 9

Eng 5207      Business English – 5

Eng  5208     English for Hospitality and Tourism – 1

* An English specialisation student will have to take two electives (elective 1*and 2* ) from among those offered.

 

MA QUALIFYING  – ENGLISH                                                   SEMESTER – II

Core Courses

Eng 5209      English Literature – 16

Eng 5210      Intercultural Communication – 2

Eng 5211      English Language Studies – 8 (Introduction to Stylistics and Pragmatics)

Eng 5212      English in the Media

Elective Courses (for English Specialisation)

Eng 5213      World Literature in English – 2

Eng 5214      Communicative Skills – 10

Eng 5215      Business English – 6

Eng 5216      English for Hospitality and Tourism – 2

 * An English specialisation student will have to take two electives (elective 1*and 2*) from among those offered.