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M.Phil Linguistics and TESOL (NOC Granted by HEC)

Program Overview

M.Phil in Linguistics and TESOL equips the participants with the linguistic and pedagogic knowledge needed for teaching a language. The program aims to provide the participants with the tools and resources needed to develop knowledge of various areas of linguistics as well as English language teaching. It also provides them with a thorough understanding of the basic concepts in linguistics. It develops participants’ knowledge about language, how it works and how it contributes to real life issues.  The program helps participants develop an insight into current issues and key trends in second language learning and teaching in a range of contexts. 

Areas: Linguistics, phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics

Duration: 2 years, 4 semesters

Credits: 33

Career Paths: With a degree in M.Phil Linguistics and TESOL, the graduates will be able to pursue PhD studies in a sub-field of Linguistics or TESOL. In addition, the degree will enable them to find opportunities in the following areas:

  • Teaching English at all level
  • Teaching content course relevant to linguistics and TESOL
  • Working as test designers and developers
  • Working as curriculum designers and developers
  • Working as text book writers
  • Offering editing services to print and electronic media
  • Working as standardized test trainers and examiners (e.g. IELTS and TOEFL)

    • Program Description

      This program offers students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding in selected areas of Linguistics. The broad range of subjects includes the core course modules such as introduction to linguistics, phonetics and phonology, morphology and syntax and semantics and pragmatics. The complex workings of language playing a central role in society and in different social settings will be explored in subjects like sociolinguistics. Knowledge about the latest research in psycholinguistics will also be provided. The students will be encouraged to apply their knowledge of the theories learnt during the course of their study to research projects for continuous assessment.

      The aim of the Department of Linguistics at SE is to provide basic education in the nature of human language and linguistic theory and to train graduate students as linguists and as researchers in the major areas of linguistics.

    • Learning Outcomes

      • Understanding of the fundamental questions that drive modern linguistic research, concerning formal structure, historical change, variation and universals, social dimensions of use, and acquisition.
      • Ability to describe language using appropriate linguistic concepts and terminology.
      • Foundational knowledge in the core areas of linguistic theory, including phonetics and pragmatics and syntax.
      • Advanced and analytical knowledge of second language learning processes. 
      • Understanding of  linguistic, psychological and social factors associated with language acquisition and development.
      • Ability to address issues of language learning in real world settings.
      • Ability to contribute to effective English language teaching practices.
      • Ability to synthesize information and approaches across a range of core topics in TESOL, such as language acquisition, language in society, English for specific purposes and language testing and evaluation.
      • Ability to contribute as active professionals in TESOL and related fields.
      • The ability to define a research question in a selected sub-field of linguistics or TESOL, to produce substantial original research addressing that question, and to report the outcome of that research in the form of a well-written research report.

    • Admission Requirement

        Eligibility Criteria

      • Graduates with 16 years of education in a relevant subject with a minimum 2.5 CGPA from recognized universities are eligible to apply for the M.Phil programs
      • Applicants must clear the SE admission test and interview to join any of the offered M.Phil programs

        Admission Test

        The main objective of the admission test is to gauge the applicants’ ability to cope with the rigor of the programs in terms of language proficiency, logical reasoning, critical thinking and expressing ideas. The admission test comprises two sections:

        • Reading comprehension (to test the sub skills of scanning, skimming, inferencing, text organization and text evaluation).
        • Writing (report and expository writing)


          The applicants are interviewed by the SE Admission Committee to evaluate their motivation, commitment and attitude towards the program they have applied for.


    • Courses

      • Year One (Fall Semester)

        Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
        Introduction to Linguistics LIN 7101 3
        Semantics and Pragmatics LIN 7202 3
        Phonetics and Phonology LIN 7102 3
      • Year One (Spring Semester)

        Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
        1 optional course to be selected from the following options:
        Educational Linguistics
        Corpus Linguistics
        Translation Studies
        Language Planning and Policy
        World Classics through Films
        Social & Political History of Urdu through Visual and Aural Media
        LIN 7203
        LIN 7204
        LIN 7205
        LIN 7206
        SL 7301
        Sociolinguistics & Anthropological Linguistics LIN 7103 3
        Quantitative Research Methodology SE 7301 3
      • Year Two (Fall Semester)

        Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
        Qualitative Research Methodology SE 7302 3
        Morphology and Syntax LIN 7201 3
      • Year Two (Spring Semester)

        Course Title Course Code Credit Hrs.
        Dissertation LIN 7409 9

      Total Credit Hours: 33

    • Degree Requirement

      Successful completion of credit hours and dissertation

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