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One year Diploma in English is offered by the English Language Teaching Unit of the University to address the growing demand ofprofessionals and school leavers. The students who successfully complete the Certificate Course in English offered by the English Language Unit will also benefit, as they have a path to further enhance their competency in the target language.

By the end of this course the students are expected to:

  • be aware of the nature of language
  • have a knowledge of the different varieties of language
  • understand what constitutes error in language
  • understand how language is acquired
  • know which methodologies can be used to teach English
  • know the principles on which modern language teaching is based
  • know what is involved in developing language skills
  • know how different aids and techniques can be used to do this
  • be able to integrate skills: the four skills
  • be aware of the factors affecting teaching aims
  • understand the role of the teacher and have a basis for self-evaluation
  • be aware of the different modes of classroom interaction
  • be able to plan effective lessons
  • have a knowledge of the main concerns of linguistic theory
  • have started to relate linguistic theory to the practice of teaching

Course Details

Total No. of Contact hours:    300 hrs. (lecture time) + 150 hrs.(Project Report supervision  +30hrs. Project Proposal Presentations +20 hrs. Oral and Listening skills assessments = 500 hrs.

No. of  hours per day :     06 hrs (08.00 a.m. -10.00 p.m./10.45 a.m. – 12.45  p.m./01.30 p.m. – 03.30p.m.)

Titles of Subjects

  • Advanced Grammar in Use
  • Language  Competency
  • Language through Literature
  • A Project Report(The Project Report has to be submitted  before the end of the course)

Target Group

Any individual who is interested in enhancing his/her

English Language competency.(Oral & written)


At the end of the course, candidates will have to offer the following subjects at the Final Examination.


  • Oral skills – 15 marks – tested through individual and group activities
  • Listening skills – 05 marksBoth the Oral Skills marks and the Listening skills marks would be added to the Language Competency marks to make a total of 100 marks.
  • A Project Reporthas to be submitted before the end of the course (3000 – 3500 words) – 100 marks( 80% for the Project work and 20% for the Oral Presentation)
  • 80% attendance is a requirement to qualify for the final examination.
  • Pass marks for each subject will be 40% to be eligible for the award of the Certificate.
  • If any candidate is unable to obtain a pass mark for one of the subjects he/she has to repeat that subject within five years and complete the examination.
  • However if any candidate is unable to obtain pass marks for two or more subjects, he/she has to repeat the whole examination within five years  in order to complete the examination.
  • Marks of the Oral and Listening tests will remain valid until the student completes The Language competency examination paper.
  • The marks of the Project Report will remain valid until the student completes the examination, provided those marks are 40% or above.

The Project Report

  • The participants will be advised to select a topic from their chosen area of interest.
  • The topic for the project shall be approved in consultation with the course coordinator together with a lecturer of the ELTU teaching staff.
  • A copy of the project proposal should be submitted to the course coordinator at the end of the 20thweek and thereafter, he/she would be required to make a presentation on it.
  • A lecturer of the ELTU teaching staff will be assigned to supervise the project report.
  • The word limit would be limited to 3000 – 3500 words.
  • The project is intended to give an opportunity to the participants to develop their academic writing skills, analytical and report writing skills.
  • The completed project report should be submitted before the end of the course.

For further details, contact the ELTU on 0112 802499

Applications are now called for the Diploma in English.

For More information on Application Procedure Please Visit: http://fhss.sjp.ac.lk/news/diploma-in-english-intake-04-2018/