English Language and Literature


Application and Acceptance Principle

(1) Candidates who apply for admission to a master programme should hold a valid bachelor’s degree and, except the applicants to the Department of Music, a minimum score of 55 from the Selection Examination for Academic Personnel and Graduate Studies (ALES) administered by the Student Selection and Placement Centre (ÖSYM). Instead of ALES score, candidates may choose to submit the scores of other internationally accepted examinations whose validity and equivalency are determined by the University Senate. (2) The final admission score is determined as the total sum of %10 of the undergraduate GPA, %50 of ALES score and %40 of the grade received in the entrance examination which is conducted by a jury determined by and representing the Department. The final admission score should be at least 65. The number of accepted students is decided prior to the admission and the successful applicants are shortlisted according to the scores starting with the highest ones.   

The Recognition of Prior Education

A student who has successfully completed at least one semester in a comparable master programme at another accredited institution is eligible as a lateral transfer. Lateral transfers are generally admitted after being evaluated on a case by case basis and upon the decision of the administration of the Department and the Graduate School. 

Duration of Study

Duration of Study Full time (two years).

The Profile of The Programme

Programme Profile and Aims The Department is designed to provide the students with overall and indispensable knowledge of language, culture and literature through various specialized and elective courses in English philology. The aim of the master programme is to form specialists able to think analytically and embark on independent research which would be eventually reified in the preparation of a thesis. In this respect, the students are particularly encouraged to apply methods which are systemic and accredited in a particular field of study, but also to provide innovation in science and develop new scientific methods of approach to literary, cultural and linguistic phenomena. Applying the most recent developments in the field of English studies, and by means of audio-visual devices and computer-based tools, the teaching staff covers a vast material that includes, among other concerns, the major periods, movements and genres of English literature, the development of European literature, literary theory and criticism, comparative literature, linguistics, text analysis, translation studies. In addition, our students are encouraged to participate in the Erasmus Programme and become members of different clubs.

Education and Training Methods

Teaching Methods

Teaching methods are determined so as to improve skills, such as teaching-learning strategies, self-discipline, life-long learning, observation, sharing knowledge, presentation, critical thinking, teamwork, effective use of informatics.

Moreover, the choice of teaching methods pays heed to supporting students with different skills. The teaching methods used in the program are listed below*:

TEACHING METHODS*

LEARNING ACTIVITIES

MEANS

Course

Listening and interpretation

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector

Discussion Course

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling, critical thinking, question development

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector

Special Support / Structural Examples

Special skills planned beforehand

 

Playing a Role / Drama

Special skills planned beforehand

Standard classroom technologies, special equipment

Problem Solving

Special skills planned beforehand

 

Case Study

Special skills planned beforehand

 

Brainstorming

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling, critical thinking, question development, team work

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector

Small Group Discussion

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling, critical thinking, question development

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector

Presentation

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling

Real or virtual environment suitable for observation

Simulation

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling, informatics skills

Real or virtual environment suitable for observation

Seminar

Research – lifelong learning, writing, reading, informatics, listening and interpretation, management skills

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector, special equipment

Group Study

Research – lifelong learning, writing, reading, informatics, critical thinking, question development, management skills, team work

 

Field / Land Study

Observation / situation handling, research – lifelong learning, writing, reading

 

Laboratory

Observation/situation handling, informatics, management skills, team work

Special equipment

Homework

Research – lifelong learning, writing, reading, Informatics

Internet database, library database, e-mail

Oral Exam

 

 

Survey and Questionnaire Study

Research – lifelong learning, writing, reading

 

Panel

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector, special equipment

Guest Speaker

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector, special equipment

Student Club Activity / Projects

Observation/situation handling, critical thinking, question development, team work, research – lifelong learning, writing, reading, management skills, special skills planned beforehand

 

 

*One or more of the listed methods can be used depending on the specificity of the course. 

 

Vertical Transfer to Higher Level Programmes

Upon successful completion of their master programme, the students are encouraged to embark on further academic studies on the graduate level (doctoral programme) on condition of having received the required score in ALES exam, possessing sufficient knowledge of English or another foreign language, and being successful in the entrance examination.

Assessment and Evaluation

For a student to have successfully completed the master programme, the GPA should be at least 65.

Grades

The grading system to evaluate the student performance is signified by the values in the chart below. For each course students are graded by letters. Letter grades, coefficients and ratios are as follows:

 

Grade

Letter Grade

Coefficient

Status

90-100

AA

4.00

Pass

85-89

BA

3.50

Pass

80-84

BB

3.00

Pass

75-79

CB

2.50

Pass

70-74

CC

2.00

Pass

65-69

DC

1.50

Pass

0-64

FF

1.00

Fail

 

The Level of Degree

Graduate (Master’s Degree).

Rules to Earn The Degree:

(1) The aim of the master programme with thesis is to form specialists able to access, evaluate and develop knowledge in order to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields through teaching, research, or professional practice. Students should complete 21 to 27 credits representing 7 to 9 courses, one seminar, and the preparation of a thesis. The seminar and the preparation of a thesis are without credits, their evaluation being done on a Pass/Fail basis. The preparation of a thesis starts no later than in the third semester of study. (2) The duration of study is four semesters. 

Employment Opportunities for Graduates

Employment Opportunities Upon graduation, the Master’s Degree holders can apply for a position in state and private education institutions and research centres at home and abroad or a specialist position in various Government sectors and different kinds of companies in private sector.

Graduation Conditions

Graduation Principles The students earn their academic degree on condition of successfully completing the requirements stated in the ‘Rules to Earn the Degree’.