Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Teaching of English as a Second Language)

 Full Time Course

Instruction/Information Sheet

1.0        Introduction

The Department of Humanities Education, Faculty of Education, University of Colombo offers the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Teaching of English as a Second Language) course to cater to the needs of teachers of English as a Second Language in the system.    

Eligible candidates will have to sit a Language Proficiency Test and obtain a required minimum score and successfully face an interview to be selected for the course. Selection will strictly be based on the marks obtained at the test and the performance at the interview. 

2.0          Aim

To promote academic and professional development of teachers, teacher educators, principals of schools and others in the field of Education, especially in the teaching of English as a second language. 

3.0          Leave

The PGDE (TESL) is a one year full time course. A minimum attendance of 80% in every subject is a prerequisite  to sit the examination. Lectures are conducted from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. all five days of the week.  

If selected for the Course, it is the responsibility of the student to obtain leave for the duration of the course from relevant authorities.  

Enquiries regarding leave should be made to relevant authorities and not to the Department of Humanities Education or Faculty of Education, University of Colombo. 

4.0   Teaching Practice (Practicum)

The PGDE (TESL) course includes ten-weeks of practicum (Teaching Practice).  The students are required to teach in a school in close proximity to the University.  The students will be provided with a list of schools to make their choices. 

The PGDE (TESL) students will be observed by two supervisors individually, evaluated and graded during the ten-weeks of Practicum.  An excellent grade in Teaching Practice is a precondition for the conferment of a Merit or Distinction pass at the final examination. 

5.0   Evaluation System

The evaluation system comprises of both In course evaluation and End of course evaluation. 

In Course Evaluation: (30% of the total marks)

In Course Evaluation consists of both oral and written assessments.  Presentations, practical group work activities, classroom tests and workshops are some of the ways in which the students will be assessed. 

End of Course Evaluation: (70% of the total marks)

The End of Course Evaluation is a written examination of not less than three hours duration. 

Dissertation: A minor dissertation (written) will have to be submitted before the end of the course. 

6.0        Structure of the Curriculum

The curriculum spreads across two semesters which comprise of two sectors each, in the following order.

 Semester 1 : Sector I (10 weeks),  sector II(5 weeks)

Semester 2 :  Sector I (5 weeks),  sector II(10weeks)

 Course Units spreading only across the two sectors of semester 1 (Category 1)

Philosophical and Sociological Bases of Education

Psychological Bases of Education

Methodology of Teaching English

English Language & Applied Linguistics

Course Units spreading across the two sectors of semester 1 and the sector I of semester 2 (Category II)

Educational Assessment and Evaluation

English Literature

Language Arts

Information Technology

Course Units spreading across the sector II of semester 1 and the sector I of semester 2 (Category III)

Educational Assessment and Evaluation

Research Methodology

Language Arts

English Literature

The Course Unit covering the sector II of semester 2 (Category IV)

 

Teaching Practicum