English Language and Literature


Application and Acceptance Principle

Application and Acceptance Principles Those who have successfully completed their secondary education in the field of social sciences are eligible for the undergraduate four-year course of study.

The Recognition of Prior Education

The Recognition of Prior Education The process of recognition of prior education by Turkish higher education institutions is still in its incipient stage. Likewise, the recognition of prior education has neither been started nor implemented by all departments at Namik Kemal University. However, a proficiency exam is held at the beginning of each academic year regarding the compulsory Foreign Language Course which is to be offered in the curriculum of the Department. The students who have embarked on a self-learning period or acquired necessary skills in the course are eligible to enter this exam. Those who have successfully passed the exam are eligible not to take the course.

Duration of Study

Duration of Study Full time (four years).

The Profile of The Programme

Programme Profile and Aims The Department is designed to provide the students with overall and indispensable knowledge of language, culture and literature through various specialized and elective courses in English philology. Applying the most recent developments in the field of English studies, and by means of audio-visual devices and computer-based tools, the teaching staff covers a vast material that includes, among other concerns, the major periods, movements and genres of English literature, the development of European literature, literary theory and criticism, comparative literature, linguistics, text analysis, translation studies. In addition, our students learn a second foreign language (French or German) and are strongly encouraged to study a third one by choosing it as an elective course; they are also encouraged to participate in the Erasmus Programme and become members of different clubs.

Education and Training Methods

Teaching Methods

Teaching methods are determined so as to improve skills, such as teaching-learning strategies, self-discipline, life-long learning, observation, sharing knowledge, presentation, critical thinking, teamwork, effective use of informatics.

Moreover, the choice of teaching methods pays heed to supporting students with different skills. The teaching methods used in the program are listed below*:

 

TEACHING METHODS*

LEARNING ACTIVITIES

MEANS

Course

Listening and interpretation

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector

Discussion Course

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling, critical thinking, question development

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector

Special Support / Structural Examples

Special skills planned beforehand

 

Playing a Role / Drama

Special skills planned beforehand

Standard classroom technologies, special equipment

Problem Solving

Special skills planned beforehand

 

Case Study

Special skills planned beforehand

 

Brainstorming

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling, critical thinking, question development, team work

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector

Small Group Discussion

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling, critical thinking, question development

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector

Presentation

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling

Real or virtual environment suitable for observation

Simulation

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling, informatics skills

Real or virtual environment suitable for observation

Seminar

Research – lifelong learning, writing, reading, informatics, listening and interpretation, management skills

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector, special equipment

Group Study

Research – lifelong learning, writing, reading, informatics, critical thinking, question development, management skills, team work

 

Field / Land Study

Observation / situation handling, research – lifelong learning, writing, reading

 

Laboratory

Observation/situation handling, informatics, management skills, team work

Special equipment

Homework

Research – lifelong learning, writing, reading, Informatics

Internet database, library database, e-mail

Oral Exam

 

 

Survey and Questionnaire Study

Research – lifelong learning, writing, reading

 

Panel

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector, special equipment

Guest Speaker

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector, special equipment

Student Club Activity / Projects

Observation/situation handling, critical thinking, question development, team work, research – lifelong learning, writing, reading, management skills, special skills planned beforehand

 

*One or more of the listed methods can be used depending on the specificity of the course.

 

Vertical Transfer to Higher Level Programmes

Vertical Transfer to Higher Level Programmes Upon successful completion of their undergraduate programme of study, the students are encouraged to embark on advanced academic studies on the graduate level (master’s and doctoral) on condition of having received the required score in ALES exam and possessing sufficient knowledge of English or another foreign language.

Assessment and Evaluation

 Evaluation

Students will take a minimum of one midterm examination. In addition to midterms, they will be assigned projects and homeworks whose deadlines will be specified at the beginning of the semester. At the end of each semester, the students are required to take a final examination. The course content, the requirements (midterm, project, assignment and final examination) and their contribution to the final grade is specified on the website. Student regulations and the final examination dates are determined by the university and final examinations take place as announced. The students are graded according to their midterm, project, assignment and final examination results.

The passing grade at Namık Kemal University is 60 out of 100. However, the grade of the final examination or the retake should be a minimum of 50. Exams are evaluated on a scale of 100. The final grade of a course is the sum total of %30 of the midterm grade and %70 of the final or the retake examination grades. However, the calculation of the final grade of a course can be determined and announced at the beginning of the semester by the Faculty/College Council as the sum total of ranging between %30 – %50 of the midterm examination and %50 – %70 of the final examination as long as the addition equals to a scale of 100. As a result of the calculation, if the value after the decimal is less than five, the grade is finalized by lowering it to the decimal value; if more than five, upgrading it to the next decimal value.

The regulations can be found on http://oidb.nku.edu.tr/yonetmenlik/2011eos.pdf.

Final and retake grades are submitted to the Student Affairs along with the evaluation criteria. The grades are announced on the student information system.

 Grades

The grading system to evaluate the student performance is signified by the values in the chart below. For each course students are graded by letters. Letter grades, coefficients and ratios are as follows:

 

Grade

Letter Grade

Local Grade

Status

90-100

AA

4.00

Pass

80-89

BA

3.50

Pass

70-79

BB

3.00

Pass

65-69

CB

2.50

Pass

60-64

CC

2.25

Pass

50-59

DD

2.00

Fail

30-49

FD

1.00

Fail

0-29

FF

0.00

Fail

 Students are required to retake the courses from which they received DD, FD or FF during the first oncoming semester in which these courses are offered.

 Successful Students

Students who complete their associate or undergraduate degree with a grade point average of 3.00 – 3.49 graduate as honor students; 3.50 and above as high honor students.

 

The Level of Degree

The Level of Degree Undergraduate (Bachelor’s Degree).

Rules to Earn The Degree:

Rules to Earn the Degree In order to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature, the students must satisfy all the principles and provisions of Namik Kemal University associate and undergraduate education requirements. Also, the students may be required to complete a period of internship education as specified by the rules and principles of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Employment Opportunities for Graduates

Employment Opportunities Upon graduation, the Bachelor’s Degree holders can apply for a position in state and private education institutions and research centres at home and abroad or a specialist position in various Government sectors and different kinds of companies in private sector.

Graduation Conditions

Graduation Principles The students earn their academic degree on condition of successfully completing the required courses and compulsory internship education as contained in the Department curriculum. Following the registration at the University, the students embark on their first year of study. However, the students may also volunteer to enrol or are required to enrol if they fail the proficiency exam in a one-year Foreign Language Preparatory Course preceding their first year of study at the Department.