Doctor of Philosophy Program

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Department was founded in 1995 when a need for an English-speaking graduate program in the north of Thailand was realized. Today, the program attracts both local and international students who wish to enrich their professional skills. A high standard of spoken and written English is expected from students. The program’s small size affords students the opportunity to receive a high level of attention and support within a genial learning environment.

Doctor of Philosophy Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Ph.D. (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

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New Curriculum 2022
Received approval to implement the curriculum on 30/8/2023

The program accepts both Thai and international students. Qualifications of Applicants for Admission are divided into 2 categories as follows:

General Qualifications

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree with honors (GPA of 3.25 or 75%) or a master’s degree in English language teaching, linguistics, applied linguistics, English education, literature, or related fields, certified by the Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC) or its equivalent from both domestic and international educational institutions accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI).
  • Must demonstrate English language proficiency according to the criteria set by the university, and/or the department, and/or the program.

Specific Qualifications (Additional qualifications criteria)

  • Must achieve a score of no less than 79 on the TOEFL (iBT) or no less than 211 on the TOEFL (CBT).
    • Must achieve a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS.
    • Must achieve a minimum CEFR level of C1.
  • For applicants with a bachelor’s degree, must meet one of the following criteria:
    • Have at least one year of teaching experience in a second language
    • Hold a TESOL certificate or a related field certificate.
    • Pass related undergraduate-level courses or their equivalents totaling at
      least 6 credits.

Note:
1. In case of lacking qualifications in criterion 1, the department may admit the student as a provisional student, subject to the evaluation of the curriculum management committee. The student must pass an English language proficiency test before the thesis proposal examination.
2. In case of lacking qualifications in criterion 2, the department may admit the student as a provisional student, subject to the evaluation of the curriculum management committee. The student must register and pass additional courses as specified in the study plan, as decided by the curriculum management committee. This will be in the form of non-credit coursework and must be completed within the first academic year.
3. The English language proficiency test results must not be older than 2 years from the date specified in the examination result document until the application date.

Curriculum Structure for Doctor of Philosophy Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), consisting of 2 study plans as follows:

Plan 2.1: For students who have completed a master’s degree

    • Dissertation: 36 credits
    • Coursework: 12 credits
    • Core Courses: not less than 9 credits
    • Elective Courses: not less than 3 credits

Plan 2.2: For students who have completed a bachelor’s degree

    • Dissertation: 48 credits
    • Coursework: 24 credits
    • Core Courses: not less than 15 credits
    • Elective Courses: not less than 9 credits

Note: For students in both study plans, advisors may assign additional coursework with course codes 600-700 in the master’s program of the department if necessary, in the form of non-credit coursework.

The Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for students in the Doctor of Philosophy Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages:

PLO 1: Design and conduct research to address problems related to English language teaching accurately and appropriately, based on applied linguistic research theories.
PLO 2: Analyze and synthesize research findings to develop institution-level policies for English language teaching that address related issues such culturally and socially appropriate, comply with rules and regulations, and benefit the institution and society.
PLO 3: Demonstrate research-based thinking to present new knowledge or innovations in English language teaching.
PLO 4: Lead the formulation of policies for managing English language teaching and developing personnel capable of teaching it as a global language.
PLO 5: Have strong communication skills and the ability to adapt to diverse social and cultural backgrounds in order to effectively interact with individuals.

  • Teachers
  • Educators
  • Curriculum developers and designers
  • Training and education management consultants
  • Educational planners
  • Educational consultants
  • Researchers

Total expenses

Total: 538,000 baht. 

*Fees for thesis proposal and final defense are not included.

Study Plan

Plan 2.1

Year 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
TE 801 Advanced Research Methodology in Applied Linguistics
3 (3-0-9)
TE 998 Dissertation
12
TE 803 Instructional Innovation and Alternative Learning Assessment in TESOL
3 (3-0-9)
TE 805 Innovations for Curriculum Development in TESOL
3 (3-0-9)
Qualifying Examination / Proposal dissertation
TE … Elective Course
3 (3-0-9)
Total
12
Total
12
Year 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
TE 998 Dissertation
12
TE 998 Dissertation
12
Total
12
Total
12

Plan 2.2

Year 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
TE 801 Advanced Research Methodology in Applied Linguistics
3 (3-0-9)
TE 806 Global Englishes
3 (3-0-9)
TE 803 Instructional Innovation and Alternative Learning Assessment in TESOL
3 (3-0-9)
TE 808 Advanced Academic Reading and Writing Skills
3 (3-0-9)
TE 805 Innovations for Curriculum Development in TESOL
3 (3-0-9)
TE… Elective Course
3 (3-0-9)
TE… Elective Course
3 (3-0-9)
TE… Elective Course
3 (3-0-9)
Total
12
Total
12
Year 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
TE 999 Dissertation
12
TE 999 Dissertation
12
Qualifying Examination / Proposal dissertation
Total
12
Total
12
Year 3
Semester 1
Semester 2
TE 999 Dissertation
12
TE 999 Dissertation
12
Total
12
Total
12

Instructors

Asst.Prof.Dr.Sonporn Sirikan

Ph.D. in English as an International Language, Chulalongkorn University

Asst.Prof.Dr.Patchara Boonteerarak

Ed.D. Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in ESL, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois, USA

Dr.Seyed Saber Alavi

Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, University Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

Contact us

Phone: 053 851 478 – 86, 053 241 255 Ext. 7233