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.

Our aim has been 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.

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 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 various corporate training institutes and in coaching institutes for IELTS, TOEFL etc.

Post Graduate Programmes:

a) Name of the Programme: Master of Arts in English Language and English Language Teaching

In response to the urgent need for trained professionals in English, both in key vocational areas as well as in higher education, the Department offers an M.A. in LELT (LINGUISTICS AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING) in collaboration with the allied Department of Linguistics, leading to an M.A. in English Language and ELT. The LELT Programme is interdisciplinary in nature and draws on the faculty strength of both the Departments. It incorporates components of Linguistics, aspects relating to the multi-dimensional use of English, and ELT pedagogy for effective teaching at the school and college level.

b) Duration of the Programme: 4 Semesters/2 Years

c) Joint intake: 35

d) Admission process:

Eligibility to apply

Graduates from SCIENCE, COMMERCE and ARTS are eligible to apply provided they fulfill (i) or (ii)

 (i) Secured Major in English

(candidates who fail to secure a minimum of 40% marks in English Major will not be eligible to apply)

(ii) If they have not opted for Major in English, they have scored at least 50% in English as a subject at graduation (or equivalent).

Criterion for Selection

Selection is based on a two-hour Proficiency Test in English for 100 marks.

This test is intended to find out whether that the applicant has the necessary level of command in the English Language required for the LELT Programme. The areas covered in the test will include the following areas: reading comprehension, written composition, dictation, grammar and vocabulary usage.

Since applicants from all the three streams (Arts, Science and Commerce) are eligible to apply, the test will not be based on any formal knowledge of English Grammar or Linguistics.

General category applicants and reserved quota applicants must secure the minimum pass percentage of 50% and 45% respectively in the proficiency test in order to be considered for admission.

e) Syllabus Structure under CBCS


NOTE: LEL reflects the common component of the LELT (Linguistics and ELT) Programme. This common component covers the first two semesters plus two proficiency courses in the third and fourth semesters.

In the third and fourth semesters, the ELT Option is indicated by the letters ELT.

First Semester

Course Code

Course Name

Course Type

LEL 1016

Introduction to Language and Linguistics


LEL 1026

Phonetics and Phonology


LEL 1036

Introduction to Language Teaching


LEL 1046

Study Skills in English


LEL 1054

Academic Reading I


 Second Semester

LEL 2016



LEL 2026



LEL 2036

Morphology and Syntax


LEL 2046

Introduction to Language Analysis


LEL 2054

Academic Reading II


Third Semester

ELT 3016

Methodology of Teaching English


ELT 3026

Syllabus and Materials Design


ELT 3036

English for Specific Purposes


ELT 3046

Applied Linguistics and ELT


ELT 3056

English for Academic Purposes


LEL 3064

Academic Writing I


Fourth Semester

ELT 4016

Testing and Evaluation in ELT


ELT 4026

Practice Teaching


ELT 4036

English Language Teacher Education 


ELT 4046

Projects in ELT


ELT 4056

Literacy and Language Education


LEL  4064

Academic Writing II


ELT 4076

Education Psychology in Language Teaching: learners and the learning process


*All Elective options in the third and fourth semesters will not be offered until adequate infrastructure and human resource are available.

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Department of English Language Teaching (ELT)
Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam
Phone : +91-94350-42746
Email : elt@gauhati.ac.in
Web   : gauhati.ac.in/elt.php


Anita Tamuli
MA (Pune) MA (Reading) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (Pune)
Padmini Bhuyan Boruah Head of the Department
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)

Assistant Professor

Khamseng Baruah
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Nivedita Malini Barua
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Pranjana Kalita Nath
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) PGDDE (IGNOU)
Sudipto Bezbaroa
MA (Gauhati)