English

Welcome to the English Department

We encourage and welcome students to join us in the exciting adventures of international communications, education and literature in the English department. A degree in English is a valuable tool as you build your professional and academic career. Students of linguistics, literature, and education enjoy learning in an international setting. The LCC English department promotes learning, teaching and research of topics that emphasize the current global importance of the English language and its traditions.

Successful graduates are impacting our world by:

  • Earning a master’s degree in Cultural Studies
  • Earning a PhD in literature
  • Teaching English to adults, teens and children in Great Britain, Russia, China, and Lithuania
  • Managing translation services and doing freelance translation
  • Working at a global wireless tech company in Lithuania
  • Working as a labeling technician in a spinal fusion company, U.S.A.
  • Managing customer relations in an IT company, Ukraine
  • Directing sales in a multinational computer technology corporation, Romania

Career Opportunities

The English Language and Literature program is designed for a wide range of future possibilities because it includes preparation in the fields of teaching, translation and interpretation, and literature. Students choose the English program because they wish to be involved in the international world of teaching, business, government, international affairs, peacemaking and any occupation that calls for highly-developed skills in oral and written communication.

The international nature of LCC International University provides an excellent context for linguistics. Students live and study in a multicultural environment so they observe theory being practiced both in the classroom and immediately outside the classroom. Students are also exposed to a variety of strategies that can assist them in developing those skills for teaching, translation and interpretation and they have multiple opportunities for practicum experiences outside of LCC while fulfilling their requirements. Studying literature in English offers students a unique cross-cultural opportunity. Within various courses, students are given the opportunity to read and consider ideas across many cultures.

What our graduates say

Laura writes, “I was glad to be an English major because I had a chance to meet wonderful people – teachers, who love what they are doing, and students, who seek knowledge.”

Robertas says, “English is not just teaching and translation, but it is also a part of a wider perspective – of linguistics and linguistic philosophy; it is also a tool of introducing faith to all who are thirsty and in need of it; it is also a way of communication; it is a beautiful language, needless to say.”

Tetyana was well prepared for her graduate studies. “I cannot even begin to tell you what kind of experience it’s been!”

Program Basics

English majors build their own program largely based on their interests and abilities.

Teaching English

If you are interested in teaching, you will take classes in pedagogy and language acquisition. You will have a practicum experience in a local public school or language center where you will improve your teaching skills.

Translation/ Interpretation

If you are interested in translation, you will take courses in phonetics and translation skills. You will practice your skills with professionals off campus in your practicum course. On our international campus with many activities and events, you will have many opportunities to practice your skills on campus as well.

Literature

If you are interested in literature, we have a wide range of literature classes from international to American to British literature. You will have the option to publish your own work or work on projects that promote literature and drama on campus.

Program Structure and Requirements

To complete a degree in English, students complete a total of 240 ECTS credits at LCC. Specifically, 165 credits are English program courses.

  • LCC Core Curriculum:                        51 Credits
  • English major required credits:   75 Credits
  • English practicum courses:           15 Credits
  • English Courses:                               75 Credits
  • Electives Outside the Major:            24 Credits

English major required courses: 75 ECTS
This is a set of courses that all English majors take, including courses in literature, linguistics, teaching, and translation.

Practicum courses: 15 ECTS
This requirement is fulfilled by practicum courses in which the majority of the course work is done outside the traditional classroom, and where students practice their skills in a work setting.

Required:
ENG 485 English Practicum (9 ECTS)
One of the following:
ENG 365 TESOL Practicum (6 ECTS)
ENG 482 Translation Practicum (6 ECTS)

English courses: 75 ECTS
Students can choose from a variety of courses in the English program. Students may elect to have a module (specialized group of 6 courses) within the English program. The modules are 1) literature, 2) translation, and 3) TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Students are encouraged to take one module within the English program and may, with careful advising, select two modules. However, students are not required to take a module.

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

  • Sample courses: TESOL Methods, Language Acquisition, Curriculum Design, Intercultural Communication

Translation and Interpretation

  • Sample courses: Introduction to Translation and Interpretation, Principles of Translation, Editing and revising, Sociolinguistics.

Literature

  • Sample courses: Readings in American Literature, Readings in British Literature, TV Sitcom, World Literature, 20th Century Literature, Drama

Accreditation

In 2014, the English Language & Literature program was positively evaluated, by the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC), an independent public agency. The program is accredited through October 31, 2021.  To read excerpts from external evaluation report, please see here.

English Department Program Goals

Through training in rhetoric, oral and written communication, linguistics, literary analysis, and translation, students learn life-long skills in using English, or any language, to teach, persuade, and delight.

  1. Students build the intellectual groundwork for further training and research in graduate and professional programs in Lithuania and abroad.
  2. Students prepare for careers in both private and public sectors in Lithuania, the EU, and around the globe-anywhere that prizes the pairing of critical thinking with a professionally trained command of English.
  3. Students deepen their knowledge and practice in English by extensive study in the areas of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Translation and Interpretation, and Literature. Depending upon their chosen emphasis of study, students cultivate their English language skills to perform such crucial and varied tasks as writing, editing, teaching, and translating.
  4. Based on extensive instruction in how the English language developed and continues to evolve, as well as how the structure of language functions more generally, students ground their practical, career-oriented competencies in an understanding of the interrelation of language and society.

Goal 1

Students build the intellectual groundwork for further training and research in graduate and professional programs in Lithuania and abroad.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:
1A: Construct well- organized, rhetorical arguments through academic essays
1B: Synthesize researched evidence that supports an argument and appropriately document sources using in-text documentation, paraphrasing, and summarizing
1C: Comprehend, summarize and organize research articles into annotated bibliographies and literature reviews which synthesize significant research in professional fields
1D: Defend a thesis complete with an abstract, review of the literature, original or secondary research, and evaluation of the findings, including a public defense

Goal 2

Students deepen their knowledge and practice in English by extensive study in the areas of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Translation and Interpretation, and Literature. Depending upon their chosen emphasis of study, students cultivate their English language skills to perform such crucial and varied tasks as writing, editing, teaching, and translating.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:
2A: Define foundational concepts in English linguistics, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics
2B: Investigate the English language in terms of morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonetics and phonology
2C: Differentiate aspects of discourse analysis based on the type and purpose of text or oral discourse, genre, audience, and the communicative situation
2D: Gain an understanding of translation/interpretation as the means of communication across languages and cultures
2E: Articulate current theories of first and second language acquisition and bilingualism
2F: Examine foreign language/TESOL teaching approaches and methods, in order to ascertain appropriate pedagogy for particular teaching contexts
2G: Understand and identify the power of literary structures, such as metaphor, structure, narration
2H: Deepen their practice of close reading of primary texts and then, with secondary sources, move to a synthesis of scholarly interpretations of literary works
2I: Articulate and utilize theories of general critical theory
2J: Explore multidisciplinary ideas of philosophy, history, memoir and theology through their studies in literature

Goal 3

Students prepare for careers in both private and public sectors in Lithuania, the EU, and around the globe-anywhere that prizes the pairing of critical thinking with a professionally trained command of English.

These program goals are related to the modules that students chose.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes in the area of TESOL

Students will be able to:
3A: Teach English lessons to students by designing lesson plans based on principles of teaching pedagogy
3B: Deliver lessons based on principles of teaching pedagogy and effective use of course books and authentic materials
3C: Successfully implement basic classroom management principles in the classroom with pupils
3D: Develop professional work habits in a school/ work setting

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes in the area of translation and interpretation

Students will be able to:
3F: Develop strategies for listening and speaking to work as a translator/ interpreter
3G: Identify and complete the steps of a translation project
3H: Analyze the skills required of an interpreter
3I Practice translation and interpretation skills in a supervised setting while learning to express the meaning and message in the other language as coherently, accurately, and smoothly as possible

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes in the area of literary studies:

Students will be able to:
3J: Demonstrate basic skills of literary interpretation, such as formal criticism, comparative textual analysis, and close reading
3K: Apply methods of literary research to synthesize ideas from primary texts and secondary texts, and apply critical theory into academic papers

Goal 4

Based on extensive instruction in how the English language developed and continues to evolve, as well as how the structure of language functions more generally, students ground their practical, career-oriented competencies in an understanding of the interrelation of language and society.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:
4A: Progress from receiving knowledge to critically thinking about knowledge to creativity
4B: Hone skills in writing cogent prose for the purpose of differentiating subjective points of truth about texts, and to craft rhetorical arguments in order to positivity contribute to society
4C: Create a variety of expository texts which exhibit critical thinking, an awareness of audience, and strong writer’s voice with an understanding of the social effects of language as well as a commitment to open dialogue.

English sample program plan is available here