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M.A. in English for Professional and International Communication

The philosophy of the MA in English for Professional and International Communication (EPIC) is to ensure that participants gain a profound theoretical and practical understanding of what is required to communicate in professional settings.

Programme_EPIC

Graduates from this program will be equipped with an advanced level of English combined with a high level of ability to communicate in the workplace as well as equipped with the tools needed to be able to analyze and use English in various professional settings. Graduates will have a competitive edge in the job market.
In order to achieve this, this English-medium program focuses on professionalism involving:
1. theoretical and practical concepts in communication, intercultural awareness and high English skills;
2. interpersonal skills including developing leadership and goal-orientation, and understanding different working styles
3. critical, analytical and creative thinking as well as researching skills to develop problem solving skills essential for the workplace.
4. the use of technology to prepare participants for the English medium workplace typical of the computer-mediated, globalized economy

Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited academic institution. To assess applicants’ English, they can either take the KMUTT internal language proficiency test, or produce evidence of having achieved the following IELTS, TOEFL scores.

IELTS

TOEFL PBT

TOEFL CBT

TOEFL IBT

6

550

210

70


Suitable applicants with insufficient English are required to take a pre-sessional non-credit English Language Improvement course. Selection is based on two aspects: written exam and interview. The Admissions Committee’s carefully evaluate the applicants’ written exam, academic history, English Proficiency Test results, recommendations, interviews, and commitment to completion of the program. Admissions Schedule The Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications from December. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications before each round deadline.

This programme is for weekend study (2 years), and the courses are conducted in English. Classes are normally scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays from 9.00 to 16.00.

Participants spend time on Sundays doing group work, assignment, reading, and/or consulting with tutors. The applicants can choose either of the three study plans: Plan A (12 credit thesis) and Plan B (6 credit research), and Plan B (3 credit independent study).

Both plans consist of the following components:

• Plan A (12 credit thesis) required courses 21 credits (= 7 courses + 1 non-credit course) elective courses 3 credits (= 1 course) thesis 12 credits total 36 credits

• Plan B (6 credit research) required courses 21 credits (= 7 courses + 1 non-credit course) elective courses 9 credits (= 3 courses) research 6 credits total 36 credits

• Plan B (3 credit independent study) required courses 21 credits (= 7 courses + 1 non-credit course) elective courses 12 credits (= 4 courses) independent study 3 credits total 36 credits

COURSE DESCRIPTION

1. Foundation Courses

EPC 511  English Language Skills for Academic Studies 3(3-0-9)

Prerequisite :  non-prerequisite

Academic speaking genres such as presenting arguments, and leading a discussion and seminar. Note taking from academic listening and reading. Critical reading. Academic writing genres including assignments, summaries, paraphrases, and literature review. Understanding and developing arguments in academic writing. Writing process covering finding and narrowing down a topic, finding and evaluating resources, outlining, drafting, and revising and editing.  Academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism through quoting and referencing. Cognitive skills necessary for effective performance such as logical thinking, developing arguments, etc.

2. Compulsory courses

EPC 531 Principles of Communication and Language Use 3(3-0-9)

Prerequisite :  non-prerequisite

Evolution of human communication. Definition and components of communication including perception and listening.  Verbal and non-verbal communication. Intercultural communication. Interpersonal communication. Group and team communication. Organizational culture and communication. Communication through information technology. Ethics in professional communication. The application of communication theories to English language use.

EPC 532 English as an International Language 3(3-0-9)

Prerequisite :  non-prerequisite

Development, notion, and definitions of English as an International Language (EIL). Models of EIL and World Englishes. Role of EIL and various statuses (policies) and uses among native and non-native speakers of English. Standardizing and standard English. Variations and varieties of English including Asian Englishses and Thai English. Code-switching and code-mixing. Corpus linguistics as a means to study varieties of English. Englishes in contact literature.  The future of World Englishes. EIL awareness. Technological, cultural or political influence and its implications in professional settings.

EPC 533 Intercultural Communication 3(3-0-9)

Prerequisite :  EPC 531 Principles of Communication and Language Use

Communication and culture. Cultural awareness. Stereotyping. Cross-cultural diversity. Varying expectations and different ways of communicating politely. Potential misunderstandings and gender issues in the workplace.  The effects of key aspects of Thai culture on intercultural communication and miscommunication in English, in verbal, non-verbal and computer-mediated communication.

EPC 534  Spoken Discourse for Professional Communication 3(3-0-9)

Prerequisite :  EPC 533 Intercultural Communication

Nature of spoken discourse. Formal and informal communication. Qualities of good oral communicators in different professional contexts. Accommodation theory. Grice’s maxims of communication. Adjusting styles and strategies to varying contexts and interlocutors. Verbal and non-verbal communication modes of communication. Awareness-raising of various genres of communication. Speech acts. Conversation analysis. Varying styles of communication including face to face and distant communication. Gender, politeness and stereotype. Identity and spoken language. Cultural issues concerning spoken language.

EPC 551    Research Methods in Communication 3(3-0-9)

Prerequisite :  EPC 513 Principles of Communication and Language Use

EPC 532 English as an International Language

Introduction to social science research. Research paradigms and research designs: quantitative and qualitative approaches. Consideration in doing research: variables, subject selection, reliability and validity. Finding a research topic. Setting up a research framework. Data collecting procedure. Research instruments such as questionnaires, interviews, observations, computer-assisting programs, etc. Analysing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data. Writing up a research proposal. Research for organizational development. Ethical issues in conducting research.

EPC 631 Written Discourse for Professional Communication 3(3-0-9)

Prerequisite :   EPC 533 Intercultural Communication

Nature of written discourse. Text forming devices. Factors influencing written discourse. Text types and genre. Discourse analysis and genre analysis. Semiotics. Written discourse in academia. Written discourse in workplace. Written discourse in media. Electronic written discourse.

EPC 632 Contemporary Issues in Professional Communication 3(3-0-9)

Prerequisite : EPC 532 English as an International Language

EPC 533 Intercultural Communication

Contemporary issues in professional life in Thai society in the context of English as an International Language to be done in a seminar style.

3. Elective courses

EPC 514 Public Speaking and Professional Presentation 3(3-0-9)

Prerequisite : EPC 533 Intercultural Communication

Types of public speaking. Ethics of public speaking. Impromptu speech. Confidence building. Presentation skills. Audience analysis. Researching, organizing and polishing content. Effective use of presentation technologies. Delivery styles. Persuasion in speech. Methods of delivery both face-to-face and via technology. Language of presentations. Handling questions. Critical listening and evaluation of presentation.

EPC 611 Critical Approaches to Language Use 3(3-0-9)

Prerequisite :   EPC 534 Spoken Discourse for Professional Communication;

EPC 631 Written Discourse for Professional Communication

The use of language to express underlying beliefs, ideologies and social preconceptions by analyzing racial, sexist, political and moral uses of language. The reinforcement of language on power differences, both consciously and unconsciously, persuasion and manipulation.  Critical analyses of English used for professional purposes.

EPC 612 Technology and Language Use 3(3-0-9)

Prerequisite : EPC 531 Principles of Communication and Language Use

Language and technology. Internet discourse and human communication. Linguistics perspectives on the internet. Mode and medium of computer-mediated communication (CMC). Language of e-mails and forums. The language of synchronous CMC. Social networking sites and Second Life. Sociolinguistic perspectives on CMC. Pragmatic perspectives on CMC. Language socialization on the internet. CMC as intercultural communication. Applying CMC in organization and workplace. Application of technological tools in communication. Corpus linguistics and its application to language use.  Critical use of computer-based support such as spell checkers, grammar checkers, automatic text segmentation programs, automatic translation programs and automatic summarizing programs. Research in language and technology.

EPC 613 Translation for Professional Purposes 3(3-0-9)

Prerequisite :  non-prerequisite

Principles and theories of translation. Contrastive analysis of English and Thai languages. Language and culture in translation. Error analysis in translation. Editing translation work. Translating different text types: news, business documents, ethonographic documentaries and fiction. Technologies for translation and their limitations. Practical translation both from Thai to English and from English to Thai in general and professional contexts and analysis of problems.

EPC 633 Professionalism in the Workplace 3(3-0-9)

Prerequisite : EPC 534 Spoken Discourse for Professional Communication;

EPC 631 Written Discourse for Professional Communication

Qualities of professionalism including attitudes, personality, ethics, leadership, and management style. The manifestation of professionalism in verbal and non-verbal communication. Qualities of effective management (building trust, managing change, conflict resolution, negotiation, risk taking, manipulation, etc.). Management of innovation, including new technologies in the workplace.

EPC 671  Special Topics I 3(3-0-9)
Prerequisite :   EPC 533 Intercultural Communication

Current topics related to English for Professional and International Communication which are of participants’ interest

EPC 672  Special Topics II 3(3-0-9)
Prerequisite :   EPC 533 Intercultural Communication

Current topics related to English for Professional and International Communication which are of participants’ interest

EPC 673  Special Topics II 3(3-0-9)
Prerequisite :   EPC 533 Intercultural Communication

Current topics related to English for Professional and International Communication which are of participants’ interest

4. Thesis and Independent study

EPC 652 Thesis 12 credit

Prerequisite :  EPC 551 Research Methods in Communication

A research study on professional and international communication and language use based on students’ knowledge and interest under the supervision of an advisor

EPC 653 Research Study 6 credit

Prerequisite :  EPC 551 Research Methods in Communication

A small scale study on professional and international communication based on students’ knowledge and interest under the supervision of an advisor

EPC 654 Independent Study 3 credit

Prerequisite : EPC 551 Research Methods in Communication

An independent study on professional and international communication and language use based on students’ knowledge and interest under the supervision of an advisor.

Students will be qualified for a degree: Master of Arts in English for Professional and International Comunication — M.A. (English for Professional and International Communication) when they

  • complete at least 36 credits
  • with minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  • within 2 -5 years.

There are two regular semesters in each academic year. The third semester or the summer session is usually added. Each regular semester lasts 16 weeks, whereas the summer session lasts 8 weeks but the number of teaching hours of each course is the same as the course offered in a regular semester.

Students  can choose to suit their learning styles or requirements either of the three study plans: Plan A (12 credit thesis) and Plan B (6 credit research), and Plan B (3 credit independent study).  Both plans consist of the following components:

Plan Study

Year 1   Plan A (12 credit thesis)
Pre-sessional course
EPC 511 English Language Skills for Academic Studies 3 (3-0-9)
Semester 1
EPC 531 Principles of Communication and Language Use 3 (3-0-9)
EPC 532 English as an International Language 3 (3-0-9)
Semester 2
EPC 533 Intercultural Communication 3 (3-0-9)
EPC 551 Research Methods in Communication 3 (3-0-9)
Summer Semester
EPC 534 Spoken Discourse for Professional Communication 3 (3-0-9)
EPC 5XX Optional I 3 (3-0-9)
Year 2   Plan A (12 credit thesis)
Semester 1
EPC 631 Written Discourse for Professional Communication 3 (3-0-9)
EPC 632 Contemporary Issues in Professional Communication 3 (3-0-9)
Semester 2
EPC 652 Thesis 6(0-12-24)
Summer Semester
EPC 652 Thesis 6(0-12-24)
Year 1   Plan B (6 credit thesis)
Pre-sessional course
EPC 511 English Language Skills for Academic Studies 3 (3-0-9)
Semester 1
EPC 531 Principles of Communication and Language Use 3 (3-0-9)
EPC 532 English as an International Language 3 (3-0-9)
Semester 2
EPC 533 Intercultural Communication 3 (3-0-9)
EPC 551 Research Methods in Communication 3 (3-0-9)
Summer Semester
EPC 534 Spoken Discourse for Professional Communication 3 (3-0-9)
EPC 5XX Optional I 3 (3-0-9)
Year 2   Plan B (6 credit thesis)
Semester 1
EPC 631 Written Discourse for Professional Communication 3 (3-0-9)
EPC 632 Contemporary Issues in Professional Communication 3 (3-0-9)
Semester 2
EPC 653 Research Study 3 (3-6-12)
EPC XXX Optional II 3 (3-0-9)
Summer Semester
EPC 653 Research Study 3 (3-6-12)
EPC XXX Optional III 3 (3-0-9)
Year 1   Plan B (3 credit thesis)
Pre-sessional course
EPC 511 English Language Skills for Academic Studies 3 (3-0-9)
Semester 1
EPC 531 Principles of Communication and Language Use 3 (3-0-9)
EPC 532 English as an International Language 3 (3-0-9)
Semester 2
EPC 533 Intercultural Communication 3 (3-0-9)
EPC 551 Research Methods in Communication 3 (3-0-9)
Summer Semester
EPC 534 Spoken Discourse for Professional Communication 3 (3-0-9)
EPC 5XX Optional I 3 (3-0-9)
Year 2   Plan B (3 credit thesis)
Semester 1
EPC 631 Written Discourse for Professional Communication 3 (3-0-9)
EPC 632 Contemporary Issues in Professional Communication 3 (3-0-9)
Semester 2
EPC 654 Independent Study 3 (3-0-9)
EPC XXX Optional II 3 (3-0-9)
Summer Semester
EPC XXX Optional III 3 (3-0-9)
EPC XXX Optional IV 3 (0-6-12)

The tuition and fees for the two-year EPIC programme are approximately Baht 162,000.

For additional information, please contact:

For academic queries

Prof. Dr. Wannapa Trakulkasemsuk (for academic queries)
Tel: 02-470-8748 Fax: 02-428-3375
E-mail: wannapa.tra@kmutt.ac.th

School of Liberal Arts
King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi
Prachauthit Road, Thnung Kru, Bangkok 10140

For administrative queries

Khun Puthta   Kaewsrijai
Tel: 02-470-8715, Mobile: 082-7038949