Bachelor’s in English Philology
The English language plays a vital role in contemporary society as nowadays communication in political, economic, scientific and cultural fields is held in English. As Georgia is on its way to European integration and attempts to establish business, political, economic and cultural relationship at regional and international levels, the English language plays a crucial role. Thus, English language specialists are extremely needed, and accordingly, it is a popular profession in the world.
BA English Philology programme aims at equipping students with modern knowledge and relevant qualification in the field of English philology which will help them in the formation of their future professional career. Our major objective is to prepare highly-qualified English language specialists who possess knowledge and skills relevant to modern standards and requirements so that they are successfully employed on the Georgian, as well as international labour market.
Philology represents a multidisciplinary field and presupposes learning a language and literature; accordingly, through specific study courses the programme aims at equipping students with practical and theoretical knowledge and cover various aspects of English philology:
- Practical English language;
- The structure of the English language;
- The specificity of communicating in English;
- English literature and literature written in English;
- Major trends in the world literature;
- British culture and civilization;
- History of Great Britain;
- The specificity and methodology of teaching the English language and literature (in case a student chooses to study teacher training concentration).
The goal of the programme is to achieve certain outcomes: to develop students’ English language competence (listening, speaking, reading and writing) at B2 level (according to European (CEFR) standards) which is achieved through a number of practical courses in the freshmen year, and later through a numerous specialty compulsory or elective courses; to develop analytic and pragmatic (text analysis, functional and pragmatic aspects of communicating in English, literary criticism and analysis, communication and employment in a multicultural environment) skills; all this presupposes pragmatic knowledge of relevant English vocabulary and grammar structures as well as the development of linguistics competence (knowledge of theoretical and practical issues in linguistics and language acquisition, specific terminology and practical language aspects involved in the process of communication). Starting with the sophomore year, students get comprehensive advanced field-specific theoretical and practical knowledge, and generic competences – basics of Anglo-American linguistics, lexicology, literary studies, academic writing, and research methodology for English philology, British history, and major trends in world literature.
Taking into consideration the specificity of the field the programme aims to trigger students’ aspiration for sharpening English language skills and continuous upgrade of knowledge and one’s self-development.
Based on the aspects discussed, the programme also intends to educate programme graduates who will be able to use the English language in everyday as well as professional communication (in one’s own country and abroad).
Global aims of the programme are to develop in students effective speaking and writing skills as well as creative thinking, to view one’s own profession from analytic perspective and nurture the skills necessary for a person’s academic achievement and professional development. We intend to produce highly-qualified specialists who will actively be involved in and contribute to the development of one’s own country. The values that will be formed in graduates will involve the “sense” of language, an enhanced interest in studying languages, and the respect for one’s own and others cultures.
Programme Admission Precondition:
Student enrollment on the programme is managed in accordance with the Georgian legislation. A student of a bachelor programme can become anyone with a school certificate who passes Unified National Exams. International students are enrolled on the programme in accordance to the Georgian legislation without Unified National Exams. Upon entrance of the programme English skills should correspond to B1 level (CEFR). Minimum number of students in each group is 10. In order to place students in groups relevant to their English language proficiency level an internal placement test is administered by the university after the students are enrolled on the programme.
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