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.

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

Entry Requirements

  • Four (04) years’ Bachelor’s degree in English or English Language Teaching, or
  • 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, or
  • 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, or
  • An equivalent or higher qualification acceptable to the Senate of the Open University of Sri Lanka – Relevant teaching experience.


  • Successful performance at the Selection Test.

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.

Application Issuing 10 – June – 2022
Closing date of application 12 – September – 2022
Selection Test 17 September 2022 (Exam Hall :05/ OUSL/ Nawala)
Registration 10 – November  – 2022

How to apply :

Please pay Rs.1000/- to the following Account Number of the People’s Bank, Nugegoda and attach an image of the deposit receipt when filling the Google Application Form. The Applicant’s name and National Identity Card No. should be indicated clearly on the Deposit Slip. Online applications submitted without proof of payment of Rs. 1000.00 application fee shall not be considered.

Account No                              :     174-100-246-838310

Name of Account Holder         :     Postgraduate Institute of English


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
Contact :
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The Open University of Sri Lanka
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