Department of English

History of the Department of English

Department of English was one of the departments established since the University of Yangon was first set up in 1920. Previously, the Department of English shared Taungoo Hall with the Department of Myanmar. Now it is located in Marlar Hall on Pyay Road and the faculty members are carrying out the tasks of both the Department of English and the National Centre for English Language (NCEL) which was upgraded on 23 December, 2004 from the ELT Task Force formed in November, 2000.

Currently, the Department of English not only offers formal courses but also provides such services as in-service training in English for other academic departments and government organizations. It acts as an English language testing unit for government organizations and also offers liaison, translation and interpreter services to ministries and government organizations. Thus, the Department of English serves academic as well as service departments catering to the needs of those on the campus as well as beyond.

Mission

To fulfil the English language skills requirements of the higher education and the basic education sectors

Objectives

  1. To promote the teaching and learning of English at all levels focusing on the tertiary level
  2. To upgrade the quality of teachers through training and academic programmes
  3. To provide support to ELT teachers through research and dissemination of knowledge and skills
  4. To develop English language teaching materials and expand English language and literature courses
  5. To provide English language related services to the Ministry of Education and the general public

Regular Courses Offered Under Yangon University

English Specialization Courses

  • BA (English)
  • MA (English)
  • PhD (English)
  • Post-graduate Diploma in English Language Teaching

Regular Course Offered Under National Management College

  • BA (English for Professional Purposes)

Course Conducted under HRD Programme

Diploma in English Course

Diploma in English Course” which is popular as “Global English Course” was established in 2002 and it has provided training to different levels of staff from at least 30 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, 54345 graduated from the course.

Courses conducted Under MICELT

Sr. Course Duration No. of Participants
1 English for Other Ministries (1/2009) 15.1.2009-20.2.2009 56
2 English for Other Ministries (2/2009) 5.10.2009-14.11.2009 40
3 Training in Using Language Lab 9.11.2009 – 4.1.2009 18
4 Certificate of Proficiency in English Level I 5.1.2010-5.2.2010 79
5 Certificate of Proficiency in English Level II 15.2.2010-13.3.2010 79
6 Certificate in Official/ Business Communication (1/ 2010) 14.6.2010-16.7.2010 53
7 Certificate in Official/ Business communication (2/ 2010) 23.8.2010-24.9.2010 37
8 Special English Course for Journalists Visiting India - 25
9 Certificate in the Teaching of English (1/ 2010) 4.10.2010-10.12.2010 20
10 Certificate in the Teaching of English (1/ 2011) 6.1.2011-15.3.2011 19
11 Certificate in the Teaching of English (2/ 2011) 2.5.2011-8.7.2011 56
12 Certificate of Proficiency in English for Police Officers 16.5.2011-22.7.2011 44
13 Certificate in Teaching of English (3/ 2011) 11.7.2011-16.9.2011 58
14 IELTS Preparation Course 30.7.2011-18.10.2011 20
15 Certificate in Teaching of English (4/2011) 19.10.2011-25.11.2011 45
Total 644

Tasks to Promote ELT: Faculty Development Programme

Upskilling Programme for Freshly Appointed Tutors of English (UPFATE)
Sr. Course Duration No. of Participants
1 UPFATE (1/2002) 1.7.2002 – 2.8.2002 123
2 UPFATE (1/2005) 6.6.2005 – 8.7.2005 55
3 UPFATE (2/2005) 30.10.2005 – 7.12.2005 111
4 UPFATE (1/2013) 14.1.2013 – 8.3.2013 135
Total 424

Course components of UPFATE

  1. Developing Communication Skills of Teachers
  2. Teaching the Four Language Skills
  3. Teaching Pronunciation, Vocabulary & Grammar
  4. Familiarization with Syllabuses
  5. Language Teaching Methodology
  6. Classroom Management and Lesson Planning
  7. Higher Education Terms and Classroom Language
  8. Use of ICT, Language Lab and Multimedia in English Language Teaching
  9. Action Research
  10. Presentation and Public Speaking Skills
  11. Assessment and Question Setting
  12. Micro Teaching
  13. Activities to Promote Language Fluency (Song, Skit, Impromptu Talk, Round Table Discussion, Debate, Essay, Poster, Cartoon, etc.)
Refresher Course for English Lecturers
Sr. Course Duration No. of Participants
1 Refresher Course for English Lecturers (1/2013) 13.5.2013 – 31.5.2013 88
2 Refresher Course for English Lecturers (2/2013) 23.9.2013 – 11.10.2013 88

Course components of Refresher Course for English Lecturers (1/2013)

  1. Developing Communicative Skills of Teachers
  2. Clear Speech for Better Comprehension
  3. Maximizing the Use of English in Teaching English
  4. Activities to Promote Language Fluency

Course components of Refresher Course for English Lecturers (2/2013)

  1. Skills for Language Study
  2. English for Teaching
  3. Exploiting & Adapting the Coursebook
  4. Teaching Reading Skills
  5. Teaching Writing Skills
  6. Teaching Listening Skills
  7. Teaching Speaking Skills
  8. Teaching Vocabulary
  9. Teaching Grammar

Programme for Promoting the Use of English of the Non-English Specialization Teachers

English Language Course for Higher Education Teachers (ELCHET)
Sr. Course Duration No. of Participants
1 ELCHET(1/2002) 2.9.02 - 4.10.02 87
2 ELCHET (2/2002) 2.12.02 - 3.1.03 208
3 ELCHET (1/2003) 16.6.03 - 18.7.03 188
4 ELCHET (2/2003) 4.8.03 - 5.9.03 226
5 ELCHET (3/2003) 20.10.03 - 21.11.03 164
6 ELCHET (1/2004) 5.7.04 - 3.8.04 200
7 ELCHET (2/2004) 30.7.04 - 1.8.04 183
8 ELCHET (3/2004) 11.10.04 - 12.11.04 215
9 ELCHET (4/2004) 22.11.04 - 24.12.04 189
10 ELCHET (1/2013) 14.1.13 – 8.3.13 231
11 ELCHET (2/2013) 13.5.13 - 5.7.13 253
12 ELCHET (3/2013) 14.1.13 – 8.3.13 242
13 ELCHET (4/2013) 16.9.13 - 8.11.13 259
14 ELCHET (5/2013) 18.11.13 - 10.1.14 219
15 ELCHET (1/2014) 20.1.201 - 4.3.2014 221
Total 3184

Course components of ELCHET

  1. Developing Communicative Skills of Teachers
  2. Communicative Grammar
  3. Basic Phonetics
  4. Dictionary Use
  5. Presentation Skills
  6. English in Academic Context, Academic Interactions and Transactions
  7. Learning How to Learn Skills in English
  8. Developing English Language Skills Using the Multimedia
  9. English through Drama and Songs
Interpreter Training Cascade Course
Sr. Course Duration No. of Participants
1 The Myanmar Interpreter Training Course (Cascade) (1/2013) 20-25 May 2013 116
2 The Myanmar Interpreter Training Course (Cascade) (2/2013) 27 May- 1 June 2013 116
3 The Myanmar Interpreter Training Course (Cascade) (1/2014) 17-21March2014 48

Course components for Interpreter Training Cascade Course

  1. Consecutive interpretation
  2. Simultaneous interpretation
  3. Shadowing & reproduction
  4. Note-taking
  5. Summarization
  6. Public speaking
English Proficiency Course for Non-English Specialization Teachers (NEST)
Sr. Course Duration No. of Participants
1 English Proficiency Course for NEST 15.8.2014 – 9.10.2014 40

On-demand Courses

  • English for Effective Presentation Course (2003)
  • Master of Ceremonies Training Course (2003)

Courses for Basic Education Sector

  • ELT Methodology Refresher Course for Middle and High School English Teachers (March, 2001)
  • Training of Trainer for High School Teachers of English (August, 2006)
  • Refresher Course for High School Teachers of English (October, 2009)
  • Training on Maximizing the Use of English in Teaching English at Education Colleges (December, 2012)

Tasks to Promote the English Language Skills of Students

Impromptu Talk, Essay & Roundtable Discussion Competition

  • Higher Education Level Competition (December, 2012)
  • Central Level Competition (January, 2013)
  • Higher Education Department Level Competition (August, 2013)
  • Central level Competition (August, 2013)
  • Higher Education Department Level (August, 2014)
  • National level Competition (August, 2014)

Data Broadcasting and TV Lessons

  • Grammar Made Easy Telecast by Myanmar Radio & Television (1998)
  • e-Summer English Course for Matriculation Students (May 2001)
  • TV Lessons for Higher Education English Faculty and Students (Dec 2003 – Jan 2004)
  • Young Faculty Development Programme (Jan 2004)
  • Functioning in English Series for Myawady TV Station
  • TV Lessons for Matriculation Teachers and Students

Services given to Ministry of Education & Other ministries

  • Conducting English Language Courses
  • Providing services as Master of Ceremonies
  • Providing services as Liaison Officers
  • Setting questions and marking of the answer scripts for Scholarship selection
  • Setting questions and marking of the answer scripts for Union Civil Service Board
  • Translation & Interpretation

Staff

  • 3 Professor
  • 16 Lecturer
  • 13 Assistant Lecturer
  • 3 Tutor

Events

Seminars

The department also hosts seminars on experiences gained from courses attended abroad and within the country. Workshops and seminars conducted by foreign academicians are:

Seminar / Workshop Date
International Writing Program Reading and Lecture Tour in Myanmar January, 2013
The Asia Pacific Sign Linguistics Research and Training Program (APSL) January, 2014
Authentic Problem-Based Learning May, 2014
Straightforward Testing Workshop July 2014

Conferences on English Language Teaching

Conferences Date
New Paradigms for Teaching and Learning English in Myanmar December, 2002
Effective Teaching, Effective Testing January, 2004
Teaching Literature, Learning Literature January, 2005
From Theory to Practice: Linguistic Studies for Language and Literature Teaching January, 2006
Empowering and Inspiring EL Teachers: Practical Applications for the Classroom May, 2013

Department Library

Situated at a quiet corner of the department, the library is a place which houses different categories of books and references, of approximately about 8500, on literature linguistics, applied linguistics, English language teaching, journals, magazines, newspapers and other periodicals.

International Collaboration

Under the International Collaboration programme of NCEL, visiting professors, lecturers, and teacher trainers from Australia Volunteer International (AVI), the British Council (Myanmar), US department of State, English Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India, Sydney University (Australia), SEAMEO RELC (Singapore) are now closely collaborating with international institutes and organizations for the promotion of English language teaching and training in Myanmar.

Students

Currently the English Department offers undergraduate, diploma and postgraduate courses. Many of these courses are full time courses and the mode of instruction is through lectures, self-study, discussions, paper presentations, written assignments and seminars. The student's 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 Bachelor, Diploma, and Master degrees.

No. of Students in 2013-2014 AY

Sr. Course Total
1 BA English for Professional Purposes 180
2 BA English 40
3 BA Second Year (Honours) (English) 19
4 Diploma in English Language Teaching 31
5 MA (English) 56
6 PhD Prelim (English) 1
7 PhD Thesis (English) 4
Total 331

No. of Students in 2013-2014 AY

Sr. Course Total
1 First Year from other disciplines 950
2 Diploma in Applied Geology 35
3 Diploma in Library Science 25
4 English for PhD Prelim from other disciplines 119
Total 1129

CURRICULUM (By Year ,1st to PhD)

Undergraduate Course: B.A(Anthropology), B.A(Honours)(Anthropology)
Postgraduate Course: M.A(Anthropology), MRes(Anthropology), PhD (Anthropology).
Diploma Course: PDCS(Post Graduate Diploma in Anthropology).
Certificate Course: -

Research Activities

  1. The Impacts of Development Program on The Native People's Life Expectation, Phalam Township, Chin State
  2. Socioeconomic Situation of Chin National living in Phalam Township, Chin State
  3. The Role and Function of Shaman in Myanmar

Myanmar-Korea Local Knowledge Center

  1. Movie and Talk Program (Every Thurs Day)
  2. Korea Language class (Every Saturday)
  3. Workshop and Seminar on Anthropology (Internal and International)

Other Activities

  1. Discussion with Representative from Bard College, USA for Writing and Thinking Workshop for Teachers (6-10-2014)
  2. Teacher Training Course (20-11-2014 to 28-11-2014) including Special Lecture by Prof. Dr. Takatani, Cultural Anthropologist, Hiroshima University, Japan (27-11-2014 to 28-11-2014)

Faculty/Staff

Daw Naw Ju Paw

Daw Naw Ju Paw

Professor & Head
Dr Khin Mar Wai

Dr Khin Mar Wai

Professor
Dr Poe Poe

Dr Poe Poe

Professor
Daw Khin Khin Yone

Daw Khin Khin Yone

Lecturer
B.A. Hons: (English), M.A. (English)
Dr Toe Su Hlaing

Dr Toe Su Hlaing

Lecturer
BA Hons: (English), MA (English), PhD (English)
Daw Kaung Myat San

Daw Kaung Myat San

Lecturer
BA (English), MA (English), Dip in ELT, Dip in French
Daw Aye Maw Lwin

Daw Aye Maw Lwin

Lecturer
BA (English), MA (TEFL)
Daw Thida Soe

Daw Thida Soe

Lecturer
MA (English)
Dr. Thidar  Aye

Dr. Thidar Aye

Lecturer
B.A (English), Dip in ELT, M.A (English), PhD (English)
Daw Mya Mya

Daw Mya Ma

Lecturer
MA (English)
Daw Aye Aye Oo

Daw Aye Aye Oo

Lecturer
B.A (English), Dip in ELT, M.A(TEFL)
Daw Phyu Phyu Win

Daw Phyu Phyu Win

Lecturer
MA (English)
Daw Thanda Min

Daw Thanda Min

Lecturer
M.A (English), Dip in Tourism Studies & Management
Dr Kyaw San Win

Dr Kyaw San Win

Lecturer
PhD (English)
Dr Kyi Chan Nyein

Dr Kyi Chan Nyein

Lecturer
BA Honours (English), M.A (English), PhD (English)DCSc
Dr Khin Nandar Oo

Dr Khin Nandar Oo

Lecturer
BA (Honours), MA (English), PhD (English)
Daw Khine Khine

Daw Khine Khine

Lecturer
B.A (English), M.A (English) Dip in ELT
Daw Aye Aye Mu

Daw Aye Aye Mu

Lecturer
B.A (English), M.A (English) Dip in ELT
Daw Anna Than oo Hlaing

Daw Anna Than Oo Hlaing

Lecturer
MA (EFL), Diploma in English Language Teaching
Dr Yin Yin Aye

Dr Yin Yin Aye

Assistant Lecturer
BA (English), MA (English), PhD (English)
Dr Ohnmar Tin

Dr Ohnmar Tin

Assistant Lecturer
BA Honours (English), M.A (English), PhD (English)
Daw Sow Soe Lwin

Daw Soe Soe Lwin

Assistant Lecturer
M.A (English)
Daw Zabel Tin

Daw Zabel Tin

Assistant Lecturer
M.A (English)
Daw Khaing Ma Ma Ko

Daw Khaing Ma Ma Ko

Assistant Lecturer
M.A (English)
Daw Win Win Thu

Daw Win Win Thu

Assistant Lecturer
M.A (English)
Daw Su Htwe Hlaing

Daw Su Htwe Hlaing

Assistant Lecturer
M.A (English)
Daw Suu Suu Yin

Daw Suu Suu Yin

Assistant Lecturer
B.A (English), M.A (English)
Daw Nwe Nwe Tun

Daw Nwe Nwe Tun

Assistant Lecturer
B.A (English), Dip in ELT, M.A (English)
Daw Ja Ing Hkam

Daw Ja Ing Hkam

Assistant Lecturer
M.A (English)
Daw Phyu Phyu Khine

Daw Phyu Phyu Khine

Assistant Lecturer
M.A (English)
Daw Ohnmar Han

Daw Ohnmar Han

Assistant Lecturer
BA Honours (English), M.A (English)
Daw Thin Thin Mya

Daw Thin Thin Mya

Assistant Lecturer
BA Honours (English), M.A (English)
Daw Su Khine Oo

Daw Su Khine Oo

Tutor
BA Honours (English), M.A (English)
Daw Khin Su Kyi

Daw Khin Su Kyi

Tutor
BA Honours (English), M.A (English)Postgraduate Dip in Applied Linguistics
U Soe Htike Hlaing

U Soe Htike Hlaing

Tutor
B.A (English); Diploma in English Language Teaching

Supporting Staff

Daw Mar Mar Cho

Daw Mar Mar Cho

Tutor
B A(History)
U Saw Thaung Nyunt

U Saw Thaung Nyunt

Lab-Technician (Grade-2)
Daw Htay Yi

Daw Htay Yi

Letter-dispatcher