Master of Arts in Teaching Literature in a Second Language Context

Applications are invited for the above programme of study to be conducted by the Postgraduate Instituteof English (PGIE), the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL).

The PGIE’s MA in TLSC is a unique programme and is currently the only Master of Arts programme dedicated to the Teaching of Literature (in a Second Language Context) (TLSC) available anywhere across the region. Since its inauguration in 2014, the programme has attracted a wide range of students teaching literature at state universities and private higher educational institutes, officials in education administration, and teachers from government, private, and international schools from all parts of Sri Lanka.

Who is this program for?

  • Teachers of English language and literature seeking to improve their skills and understanding of literature
  • Those seeking a formal qualification in literary studies
  • Those who teach literature but have limited formal training
  • Anyone seeking a deeper and richer engagement with literature, critical literary reading, literary theory and the theory and practice of teaching literature


Cluster Courses
Cluster 1

Foundational Skills and Concepts

PGP8101 Academic Writing

PGP8304 Reading Critically

PGP9401 Basic Literary Concepts and Introduction to Literary Theory

Cluster 2

Literature and Criticism

PGP9402 The Novel and Short Fiction

PGP8305 Poetry

PGP9403 Drama

Cluster 3


PGP9501 Pedagogical Issues in Teaching Literature

PGP9301 Assessment and Evaluation in Literature

PGP8306 Teaching Literature in an English Language Teaching Context

Cluster 4


PGPA601 Research Methodology

PGPA401 Research Communication

Dissertation       PGPAK01 Dissertation

The MA in TLSC requires successful completion of all four clusters and a pass for the dissertation. It takes a minimum of 2 years to complete.The PG.Dip in TLSC requires successful completion of clusters 1, 2, and 3. It takes a minimum of 12 months to complete.

Brochure 2020/2021

Programme Category :
Postgraduate Programme
Conducted by :
Postgraduate Institute of English

Entry Requirements

Qualification Experience
Four (04) years’ Bachelor’s degree in English or English Language Teaching [not required]
A three (03) year Bachelor’s degree in Arts with English as a subject A minimum of two (02) years’ experience in English Literature or Language teaching
A three (03) year Bachelor’s degree in the English medium A minimum of three (03) years’ experience in teaching English Literature at G.C.E. O/L or A/L or equivalent standard at a recognized institution
An equivalent or higher qualification acceptable to the Senate of the Open University of Sri Lanka Relevant teaching experience

In addition to the above qualifications, applicants with extensive teaching experience and qualifications recognized by the Sri Lanka Qualifications Framework (SLQF) equivalent to those specified above will be considered.

Obtaining Application Forms

Application Forms will be issued from 05th July to 04th August 2021. between 9.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. on all weekdays excepting Public holidays. Closing Date is 04th August, 2021


Course fees in 2019/20 entry (subject to revision)

 Rs. 105,350.00
 Rs. 203,000.00

Please contact Ms. Sachini Seneviratne for more details

Address :
Postgraduate Institute of English, Open University of Sri Lanka,P.O. Box 21, Nawala,Nugegoda
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