Objective(s) of a study programme:
The program of studies of the BA in English Philology aims at preparing English philology specialists with a broad range of knowledge who know English well, grasp the fundamental philological information and acquire the competences necessary for scholarly work in translation, literary theory and teaching the English language, as well as being able to successfully apply their knowledge of English philology in practice. This program prepares specialists who, once they have gained their BA degree, can continue their studies in this field at the master‘s level or move to studies in other fields: that is, they can choose master‘s studies in English philology, translation, computer linguistics, literary and cultural studies, education, journalism, political science and other fields in universities in Lithuania or abroad.
Graduates of the English Philology BA study program will be able
1 To use fluent English in communicating orally and in writing in a variety of spheres of activity, as well as to apply their specialized knowledge working in Lithuanian, European and international institutions;
2 To analyze the differences among journalistic, scholarly and literary texts, applying the principles of text structure in practice;
3 To explain some of the cultural and historical features of English-speaking countries;
4 To describe the principal theoretical arguments of contemporary linguistic theory and the methods of analysis used for literary works, comparing the latter and applying this understanding in practice;
5 To understand the literary process and its changes, along with the significance of literary texts;
6 To define and analyze the most important translation strategies, applying the knowledge acquired during the period of studies in morphology, lexicology and grammar to the translation process;
7 To analyze and, in one‘s practical work, use the most recent methods in teaching and studying foreign languages; to suitably evaluate the possibilities offered by information technology in teaching foreign languages;
8 To apply in other spheres of activity the competences gained in carrying out scholarly research work and the correct presentation of research results.
Activities of teaching and learning:
Instruction methods: explanation, analysis, demonstration, discussion, tutoring, etc.
Learning methods: group work, team-building, self-study, seminar work, discussion, research activities, learning-by-doing, experiential learning, debate, etc.
Methods of assessment of learning achievements:
The assessment of student knowledge is based on a cumulative grading system. Students have a mid-term exam (which comprises 30 per cent of the cumulative grade) and a final exam (50 per cent), as well as seminar and other individual work assessments such as tests, essays, presentations, etc. (20 per cent of the cumulative grade) during the semester. Evaluation rating scale ranges from 1 to 10, with 10 representing the highest level of achievement, 1-4 indicating fail. Exams are conducted in written form.
Study subjects (modules), practical training:
The scope of the study program is 240 ECTS. The program consists of General Education courses (Group A, Group B, Group D) and specialization courses (Group C). The total number of credits for Group C subjects is 190 ECTS. The program consists of compulsory and elective courses. Compulsory subjects: Contemporary English, Parts 1 and 2; Microphonetics; Essay Writing and Analysis, Text Analysis, Parts 1and 2; Survey of British Literature (700 to 1660); British Literature (from 1660); Introduction to English Linguistics; Survey of American Literature (from 1600 to 1900), Survey of American Literature (from 1900); History of the English Language; Translation from English, Language Standards and Principles of Editing; Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Final Degree Project (BA Thesis). During the third year of studies students choose 6 subjects (30 ECTS) from the group of Elective courses, 3 subjects per semester. Elective courses (3rd year): Theory of the Novel, Theory of Poetry, Theory of Short Story, Theory of Drama, Literature and Culture, Morphology, Lexicology and Lexicography, Language and Culture, and Syntax. Fourth year students choose 4 subjects from the following group of elective courses: Semantics, Corpus Linguistics, Ethnic Minority Literatures in English, Women’s Literature, Canadian Literature, Children’s Literature, Contemporary Drama, British Civilization, American Civilization, Special Course (Literature), Special Course (Linguistics), Contemporary English Teaching Theories, Individualized EFL Instruction: Theory and Practice. The subjects offered for 3rd-4th-year students vary each year; their list demonstrates the existing variety for different choices. Students write 2 course papers (10 ECTS) and have practical training (Introductory Practical Training, Qualifying Practical Training 1, Qualifying Practical Training 2, and Pre-diploma Practical Training) (16 ECTS).
Students are to take all the compulsory General Education courses (categories A and B) during the first two years of their studies. Compulsory General Education courses (category A): Philosophy 4 ECTS, Becoming of Modern Lithuania 4 ECTS, and Science 4 ECTS. Elective introductory courses in the four Knowledge Domains (category B): students select one course in each of the following areas, Social sciences (4 ECTS), Natural sciences (4 ECTS), Economics and management (4 ECTS), and Arts (4 ECTS). The category D offers a range of elective courses, out of which students are to choose 5-6 courses, depending on their individual interest areas.
Distinctive features of a study programme:
The scope of the study program is 240 ECTS. The program consists of General Education courses (Group A, Group B, Group D) and specialization courses (Group C). The total number of credits for Group C subjects is 190 ECTS. All lectures and seminars are taught in English.The Program finishes with the defense of the Bachelor Thesis (the Thesis is written in English, same as the language of its defense). The Program teaches students to be open to new cultural phenomena, to be able to adapt to different cultural communication styles, to understand the principal ideas expressed in major current linguistic and literary theories, to be able to apply them in practice, to analyse major strategies used in translation, to assess the basic thematic and informational structure of a text that needs to be translated and then render it in their native language, applying the knowledge gained in the study of morphology, lexicology and grammar. Students analyse current methods used in teaching foreign languages, discuss their application and assess methods used for the individual teaching and learning of the English language. By writing homework assignments, essays, term papers and the bachelor thesis students acquire concrete research skills: structuring research, collecting theoretical and empirical material, evaluating different information sources, presenting research results and modelling the research paper.