Bachelor of Arts in English and English Language Teaching

The B.A in English and English Language Teaching is a four year special degree which includes the study of Applied Linguistics, English Language Teaching, Literature and relevant areas of Education. It is meant for anyone who wishes to enter the ELT profession and, would, therefore require a sound knowledge of the theories of ELT.

Subjects: Literature and Society, Basic Concepts in English Language Teaching, Discourse Analysis and ELT, The Second Language Classroom: Issues and Concerns, The Theory and Practice of Language Testing, Teaching English for Special Purposes, Principles of Education, Psychology of Learning, Psycholinguistics and Sociolinguistics, Methodology of Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Research Project, Literature in the Second Language Classroom, Computers & ELT (Adjunct Course)

Programme Code :
Programme Category :
Undergraduate Programme
Conducted by :
Dept. of Language Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Programme duration :
Minimum 04 Years
Discipline(s) / Course(s) :

The graduate of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, OUSL who has completed the BA Honours in English and ELT, is an effective communicator who can present ideas clearly with a sensitivity to his/her audience, a critical reader, a knowledgeable and experienced teacher/professional, with a strong interest in language and literature. S/he can impart knowledge skills and values related to the English language, literature and linguistics and can inculcate in students a love for the English language and literature in English, with the competence and professional ability to teach students for whom English is a second language. S/he can make principled and ethical decisions in professional spheres and is a culturally sensitive citizen, respectful of cultural as well as other forms of diversity, able not only to embrace but also celebrate difference,. S/he is a critical and creative thinker who exercises critical judgment in problem solving. S/he is a team worker with strong leadership qualities and initiative and achieves goals through collaboration with respect for the view of others. S/he is an intellectually curious life-long learner with the potential to engage in post-graduate studies.

Entry Requirements

• Passed the OUSL Diploma in English Language and Literature, or
• Possess a National Diploma in Teaching English (ESL) of 2 years duration from a National College of Education (NCOE), or
• Possess any other recognized 2 year Teacher Training Qualification in Teaching English as a Second Language acceptable to the OUSL Senate, or
• Passed three (03) subjects (including English Literature) at the G.C.E. (A/L) Examination or equivalent qualification.
• All the applicants Except those passed the OUSL Diploma in English Language and Literature are required to pass a selection test conducted by the Department of Language Studies.

All the applicants except those applying under category (b) and (c) are required to sit for a Selection Test, which will be held after the issuing of applications. 

Online Applications :
  November 2022
Closing Date for Applications :
Date of the Selection Test :



Local Students

New fee structure  for the 2022 intake will be announced shortly

Overseas Students
Tuition Fee : US$ 5,580*
 *: In addition to the above fee, are fundable deposit of US$ 1000 will be charged from the foreign students before the registration.  

For further details of the BA in English and ELT contact the following coordinators:


For details about Level 3 (1 st year) : Mr. Lal Medawattegedara on 2881430; email:

Level 4 (2nd year) : Ms. Manikya Kodituwakku on 2881058
Level 5 (3rd year): Dr. V. Vanderpoorten on 2881356


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