English Language Teaching


Established in 1957, the Department of English Language Teaching has been rendering significant service to the cause of English Teaching in the northeastern states by providing professional training to teachers of English from schools and colleges.

Mission & vision

To help English Language Teaching evolve, flourish and establish itself as a Service Discipline among different learner/user groups in Assam and the Northeast by developing professional competence and vocational commitment in them through teaching and research, training and extension, consultancy and collaboration with local, national and international bodies.


Departmental Library

The Department has a collection of approximately 2000 titles relating to the English Language and English Language Teaching.

Department of English Language Teaching

Ph. D. Research

1. Anita Tamuli, Ph.D.

Ph. D. Scholars
Nivedita Malini Barua Topic : Determining the English language needs of Gauhati University undergraduates.
Anup Sharma Topic : Teaching and Evaluation of English at the secondary school level.
Bornali Bhuyan Topic : Reading as remediation at the tertiary level: a learning-centred approach.
Maloshi Choudhury Topic : Towards more effective writing skills during secondary education.
Work in Progress
Bibha Devi Topic : Beginning literacy in Assamese for Effective Transitioning to English: an MLE Perspective.
Khamseng Baruah Topic : The BE programme under Gauhati University and the English language needs of the learners.
Haripriya Pareek Topic : Crirtical Thinking in Developing Language Proficiency and its relation to Task-Based Methedology.
Kabita Ghosh Topic : Fundamental needs of Professional Development of English Language Teachers in Terteiary Education.

2. Padmini Bhuyan Boruah, Ph.D.

Ph. D. Scholars
Work in Progress:
Pranjana Kalita Nath Topic : Effectiveness of course delivery through distance mode in Post Graduate ELT programmes in India.
Mawdla Daimary Topic : An investigation into the effect of pedagogical practices on the learning of English in Bodo medium scholls of the Udalguri district of Assam and it’s outcome in the HSLC examination.
Ramin Hosseinpour Topic : Teaching explicit comprehension strategies for improving reading comprehension skills and motivation of intermediate EFL students in Iran: an intervention study.
Lopamudra Kashyap Topic : Monitoring and evaluation of an English language teaching project: a critical study of the Gauhati University - Commonwealth of Learning Project CA 13 139 leading to a one year Diploma Course in ELT with ICT skills for Primary Level Teachers of English.


Anita Tamuli
MA (Pune) MA (Reading) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (Pune) ELT
Padmini Bhuyan Boruah
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) ELT
Khamseng Baruah
MA (Gauhati) ELT
Nivedita Malini Barua
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) ELT
Pranjana Kalita Nath
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Sudipto Bezbaroa
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) ELT

Personality Development

developing personality and communication skills

The faculty makes conscious efforts to build confidence in the students and develop their inner creativity through an interactive teaching-learning methodology which involves group-work, brainstorming and presentation.

The department has introduced the concept of collaborative learning which ensures maximum student participation. It has also actively introduced healthy practices as per UGC 10th Plan Guidelines by making students stakeholders in the learning process. Peer interaction and support among students is encouraged.

Peer Teaching

The department introduced the concept of Peer Teaching in Refresher Courses in ELT to train participants in communicative methodology, replacing the existing system of seminar presentations.

The Department also initiated the process of interactive learning through pair and group work activities at the same level, giving participants hands-on experience in classroom methodology

NET / JRF Counselling

The Department offers academic counselling and study materials to students interested in qualifying for the National Eligibility Test (NET) and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) examination conducted by the UGC.

Developing Language Skills

Students are offered guidance in improving their skills in speaking and writing to enable them to face the demands of a competitive job market. Such a job market includes professional training institutes, the upcoming Information Technology enabled Services (ITeS) sector as well as the more traditional avenues of school- and college-level teaching of English. ELT skills development is in high demand for jobs in Call Centres and in coaching institutes for IELTS, TOEFL etc.

University Industrial Linkage

Past Student Views

What our past students have to say :

Anshuman Sarma,

Educational Specialist (English) at Educational Initiatives Pvt. Ltd.

In my current role with Educational Initiatives Pvt. Ltd., I am responsible for the development of educational tests and assessment tools for the different products that Educational Initiatives delivers and the varied projects that it is involved in. We also assess the learning of students across subjects following an intervention programme. A significant amount of time and effort is also invested into designing and developing remedial activities and exercises that the teacher can use in his/ her classrooms. My present job has only helped to hone the skills and expertise that I aquired in the two years of my Masters in English Language and English Language Teaching. The foundations of my understanding of educational assessment and tests were also laid during this time by members of a faculty extraordinaire. After having travelled through different parts of the country, I can vouch that a full time Masters Programme in English Language and English Language Teaching can open avenues in different fields in the education sector, a sector which many would proclaim is even immune to recession. Besides, an MA from the Department of English Language Teaching, Gauhati University can throw open a host of opportunities like Voice and Accent Training, Soft Skill Training, Content Writing, Copy Editing, etc. – opportunities that are waiting to be grabbed.

Abhishek Rai,

Assistant Professor (English)
MVN University, Palwal, Haryana

Pursuing my masters from the Department of ELT has been one of the most significant turning points of my career. The 2 years language teaching programme that specifically looked at building up my teaching skills and making me aware of language skills fetched me my first ever job with an international multinational company in Gurgaon and also played a very crucial role in getting me my current job that involves teaching language skills to engineering and management students. The USP of the ELT Department are its teachers who are always willing to take that extra mile to help their students both academically and personally.

Ms. Priti Sarmah

Asstt. Professor
GIMT, Guwahati

M.A. EL & ELT has influenced my life both in personal growth and my academic development. Before pursuing my post graduation in EL & ELT, I was not confident of my language skills. This MA programme has taught me various methods and approaches. It has helped me in improving my language skills and contributed to my professional life as a language teacher and also as a teacher trainer. As a language teacher, it becomes a real challenge to teach English as a second language, to a class of mix-ability students. ELT has paved the way for me to come out of the age-old traditional and deductive method of teaching and to step into a more interesting and inductive methods of language teaching. Through this programme, I have learnt various strategies to hold my students‘ attention and to involve them in different meaningful and communicative activities; individually, in pairs and in groups. Now, I feel more confident as an English language teacher and a teacher trainer.

This training has also made me eligible to work as a master trainer, in a teacher training programme, run by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in collaboration with the British Council Thanks to ELT for imparting knowledge to me in the field of language teaching, making me confident and more creative as a teacher.

Kabita Ghosh,

Assistant Professor
Department of Humanities (English)
Girijananda Chowdhury Institute of Management & Technology, Tezpur
Batch- 2005-2007

The MA EL & ELT course has been a benchmark in my academic life. The two years’ intensive training I got on the core aspects of language teaching/learning methodologies, equipped me with better understanding of learners’ English language needs . I teach aspiring engineers and I can say that I am able to design my lessons keeping my students’ needs in mind. The MA EL & ELT courses’ scientific approach based language teaching enables individuals to gain confidence and competency to deal with the English Language effectively, in various fields, beyond classroom teaching.

Dharmista Roy,

Senior Corporate Trainer

I started my career with corporate training wherein I had to train employees of the IT-sector on communicative skills. My background in ELT helped me understand their needs in the language and cater to them accordingly. I was also responsible for content designing where I had to create customized materials for our clients. The feedback was amazing. As of now, I train foreign students from the Middle East, South East Asian countries and Africa. The communicative methodology taught in ELT helped me to a great extent in understanding the psyche of the students, making my classes interactive, interesting and learner-centric. This course mainly concentrates on teaching English through activities and tasks. I remember being observed in my classes and I was told “There isn’t even one moment of boredom in your class.” That’s the best compliment a trainer could ever get. Since I am well-trained in this field, I have an edge over my colleagues, as I have the knack for handling any sort of class, any group of audience, anytime and anywhere. Thanks to my 2 year grilling sessions in ELT, practice and peer teaching hours. It goes a long way in bringing out the creativity of a trainer. If anyone wants to make a career in corporate training, ELT is a must-have in the CV.

Department Project

Title:- Gauhati University – Commonwealth of Learning Project (CA 13 139) Leading to a One Year Diploma Course in ELT with ICT for Primary Level Teachers of English)
Sponsors:- Commonwealth of Learning, Canada
Coordinator:- Padmini Bhuyan Boruah


Department of ELT
Gauhati University, Guwahati -781 014
Assam, INDIA
Phone No	94350-42746 ,
Email :	eltstudies.gu@gmail.com
Website :	elt.gauhati.ac.in


Recent Events of the department

1. Workshop on Instructional Design for Distance Learning Materials (27 May – 1 June 2013)
2. Workshop on Materials Design for an ELT Distance Learning Programme (24 – 29 June 2013)
3. Review workshop on Materials Design for an ELT Distance Learning Programme (forthcoming : 5 -9 November 2013)
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