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English / A PhD or an MA, Frequently asked questions
« on: April 07, 2016, 12:18:41 PM »
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Should I apply to the MA or the PhD program?

2. Is it possible to transfer from the MA to the PhD program?

3. How big is the graduate program?

4. What does a PhD candidate do each year?

5. How long does it take to get a doctoral degree?

6. Where do UVa graduates find jobs?

7. How much financial support does UVA provide?
1. Should I apply to the MA or the PhD program?

If you wish to earn a PhD eventually, you should probably apply to the PhD program. Here are some reasons to apply to the MA program instead:

    You want only an MA

    You want a PhD but you intend to earn it elsewhere.

    You have reason to doubt that your record will earn you admission to the PhD program. An MA program can be a good place to strengthen an academic record with a view to gaining admission to a Ph.D. program.

2. Is it possible to transfer from the MA to the PhD program?

It is very difficult. MA students who wish to enter the PhD program must apply on the same basis as students holding the MA from other universities. Since our PhD program is small (see next item), this process is very competitive.
3. How big is the graduate program?

We currently admit twelve PhD students each year. We also have a terminal MA program which varies in size, but in general about doubles the overall size of the graduate program in literature.
4. What does a PhD candidate do each year?

The following summary omits many details. For a complete explanation of degree requirements, visit Current Students. Students who already hold an MA will usually begin in "Year 2," though the details of each student's program must be worked out with the Director of Graduate Studies.

Year 1:
Take ENCR 8100, Introduction to Literary Research, as a fourth first-term course; otherwise, take three graded courses each semester. Most students will perform some light duty (about 100 hours per semester), either grading for a course or assisting a faculty member with research. In the spring, take ENPG 8800, described in our literature as "a low-requirement class that introduces students to the classes they will teach in year two, including observing and critiquing class meetings."

Year 2:
Take three graded courses each semester. Complete the foreign language requirement ("mastery" of one language or "proficiency" in two) by the end of this year or the beginning of the next. Teach one section each semester in supervised classes: leading a discussion section in one of the big undergraduate surveys of English and American Literature or in Shakespeare, or teaching a section of a "writing studio" course for advanced undergraduates. In the spring, students prepare to teach their own writing courses. Plan for PhD oral exams.

Year 3:
Audit one course each semester. Take the PhD oral exam, ordinarily by the end of fall term. In spring, attend ENGL 9995 a seminar for dissertation writers. Form a dissertation committee and begin to prepare a dissertation prospectus (approval ideally by late May or June). Teach one section each semester of one of the writing classes for first-year undergraduates. Graduate students are responsible for planning and teaching their own sections of these courses under the supervision of the Director of Writing Programs.

Year 4:
Get prospectus approval by Oct 1 at latest; the writing begins (target one or more chapters completed each year). Teach two courses. Most students teach one writing course and one literature course: either a section of a large class or an introductory literature class. Students may teach two courses in fall so as to have the spring semester free for writing.

Year 5:
Continue to write dissertation. Give a talk to the department based on dissertation research. Some students win dissertation fellowships funded by UVa and other agencies; others teach one course each semester or two in the spring (the choices of course are the same as in the fourth year). Students who are making sufficient progress begin to seek academic employment.

Years 6 and following:
Students who are continuing to write the dissertation generally teach two to four classes but do not receive fellowship support.
5. How long does it take to get a doctoral degree?

A recent MLA survey found that the average time to degree in U.S. PhD programs in English is 8.2 years. At UVa, students typically finish their doctoral requirements in 7 years or less. We are hoping to boost dissertation-year funding for a still quicker path to strong doctorates.
6. Where do UVa graduates find jobs?

Following is a complete list of institutions where holders of the PhD from our department found assistant professorships from 2000 to spring 2013.

    Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
    University of Alabama, Birmingham
    University of Alabama, Mobile
    Appalachian State University
    University of Arkansas
    Auburn University
    Ball State University
    Bowdoin College
    Bowling Green State University (2)
    Brigham Young University
    Bronxville Community College
    Bucknell University
    Butler University
    University of California, Berkeley (2)
    California State University, Long Beach
    California State University, Los Angeles
    Calvin College
    Central Michigan State University
    Centre College, Danville, Kentucky
    Chapman University, California
    Clemson University (2)
    Colorado State University, Fort Collins
    Cornell University
    Dartmouth College
    University of Dayton, Ohio
    East Carolina University (2)
    Erskine College (3)
    University of Florida, Ft. Lauderdale
    Florida State University, Tallahassee (2)
    Fordham University
    University of Georgia, Athens
    Harvard University (2)
    Hillsdale College
    University of Idaho
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    University of Iowa, Iowa City
    Ithaca College
    Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama
    Kent State University
    University of Kentucky (2)
    Kings College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
    University of Louisiana, Lafayette
    University of Maine, Farmington
    University of Maryland, College Park
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    McGill University
    Mount St. Mary’s University
    University of Nebraska
    University of Nevada, Reno
    National Taipei University of Technology
    University of New Hampshire
    University of North Carolina, Charlotte
    University of North Carolina, Pembroke
    University of North Carolina at Wilmington
    North Carolina State University, Raleigh (6)
    Northeastern University
    University of North Florida
    University of North Texas
    Ohio University, Athens (2)
    Ohio State University, Columbus and Newark
    Ohio Wesleyan College
    Oregon State University
    Penn State University, Erie
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Pittsburgh
    Providence College (3)
    Queens College, CUNY
    University of Richmond (2)
    Rutgers University, Camden
    St. Lawrence University
    St. Norbert's College (2)
    Sarah Lawrence College (2)
    University of South Carolina, Columbia
    University of the South, Sewanee
    Southern Methodist University
    Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama
    State University of New York, Geneseo
    State University of New York, Stony Brook
    Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University
    Stonehill College
    Swarthmore College
    Sweet Briar College
    Syracuse University
    University of Tennessee
    Towson State University
    Tufts University
    United States Naval Academy (2)
    Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
    United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs
    University of Utrecht, Belgium
    Villanova University (2)
    University of Virginia
    Virginia Commonwealth University (2)
    Wake Forest University
    Wichita State University
    Wheaton College
    Worcester Polytechnic University
    Yale University
    Yeshiva University

In addition, a number of our students have found full-time visiting and post-doctoral positions at similarly distinguished institutions, including Princeton University, Harvard University, the University of Arizona, Franklin Marshall College, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the University of Virginia, Alma College, College of the Holy Cross, the College of William and Mary, Hampshire College, American University, Rollins College, Brown University, Macalester College, the University of Notre Dame, and others.
7. How much financial support does UVA provide?

All PhD students entering the program in fall 2016 will receive a financial package consisting of tuition, fees, one-person health-insurance coverage, and at least $26,000 living support, including $20,000 during the 2016-2017 academic year and $6,000 during the summer of 2017. This award, made up of fellowships and teaching-assistantships, will be maintained up to a total of five years contingent on satisfactory academic performance. Standard teaching responsibilities for a doctoral student in English involve teaching two courses per year across years 2-4 of the program (with no teaching in years 1 and 5); fellowship funds beyond teaching wages complete the support we are presently offering for years 1-5, with some annual funding for conference travel and additional dissertation-year funding awarded if and as our resources permit.

A few merit fellowships are available on a competitive basis: all applicants to the PhD program are automatically considered for these.


English / Re: 10 positive body language techniques to help you succeed
« on: March 15, 2016, 02:24:54 PM »
I will continue to create such wonder!!!!

English / Re: Learn Vocabulary by listening Audio clip
« on: March 15, 2016, 02:23:21 PM »
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English / Re: Corpus Linguistics
« on: March 15, 2016, 02:22:19 PM »
My pleasure, Tina madam.

English / 10 positive body language techniques to help you succeed
« on: March 09, 2016, 02:56:10 PM »
When i read this article, i was amazed especially finding the fact that we use some of them unintentionally.

i am sharing the link hoping to feel wonderful.

English / Re: Body language reveals your inner self
« on: March 09, 2016, 02:52:48 PM »
Indeed, Non-verbal communication, or body language, is an important part of public speaking.

 :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

English / Re: Corpus Linguistics
« on: March 09, 2016, 02:47:05 PM »
First of all, warm gratitude to Rasel Sir for sharing such an important topic as it is considered to be one of the valuable lessons for the students of Linguistics.

Once i had an opportunity to learn something about Corpus Linguistics, in other words, a method by which we try to analyse the natural occurrence of language and the account of  the frequency of the phenomena. I joined an workshop presided by an Associate professor of Nottingham University at Department of English, DU. I would like to share an article which i studied for that purpose.

English / Learn Vocabulary by listening Audio clip
« on: March 09, 2016, 12:56:46 PM »
It is indeed interesting and very instrumental to enrich our vocabulary range by hearing these mp3 clips.

While seating in a private car or bus, we can utilize our valuable time by listening to these clips.

English / Re: Doing British accent
« on: March 09, 2016, 12:23:36 PM »
Good one, Madam.

In order to keep that accent, i remember we practiced the audio clips from Peter Roach's book on Phonetics and Phonology.

We practice the intonation pattern, word stressed and unstressed pattern etc.

I will try to upload some audio clips from that book.

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মোরা বিশ্ব মোড়ল কে খুঁজবার দাবী নিয়ে এসেছি ,,,,,,,

English / Re: Learn a word every day
« on: March 09, 2016, 12:05:15 PM »
Well, now i will put an effort to share some words which are originated from HINDI, PERSIAN and SANSKRIT origin. They are very common words but we often get confused to them in our words.

    from  Dakait, meaning a member of a class of criminals who engage in organized robbery and murder. (banditry)

    from Dinghi, small boat, wherry-boat

English / Re: Literature in ELT
« on: March 09, 2016, 11:52:16 AM »
Literature is nothing but the software which rejuvenates our linguistic mind in a contextualized way. It promotes the very idea of discourse and common maxims of the way of the world.
Though i am an ELT student but i am gregarious to taste the sublime flora and fauna of literary texts and to enrich my linguistic efficiency.

 :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) 

Md. Nabinur Rahman

Francis bacon, famous pragmatic essayist, has rightly opined that reading makes a full man, conference a ready man and writing an exact man. To serve the purpose, reading an English newspaper is regarded as one of the instrumental strategies to learn and improve one's English language proficiency. As the present situation of the educational discipline of Bangladesh demands a sort of efficient knowledge in English, so it is high time for us to persuade ourselves as well as our students to make the habit of reading English newspaper at a daily basis.
Some issues are discussed below in odder to pinpoint the fact why we should peruse English newspaper regularly.

1. One can sharpen one’s communication skills, i.e. reading and writing. By reading newspapers regularly at an appointed time reading and comprehension abilities get enhanced. The more one reads, new words and expressions reveal their meaning to the reader’s mind. Automatically the vocabulary gets enriched and the language becomes richer, fluent and more expressive. 
2. Reading newspapers automatically improves one’s language skills. News items and articles are written by learned and intelligent people. They know how to use language as an efficient tool for expression and communication. Precision and meticulous use of words and expressions comes naturally to them. One can imbibe these qualities easily by paying attention to language and style while going through news items and articles in a newspaper.

Good things
  • One can improve his/her scanning technique.
    One has the scope to know new vocabulary and expressions.
To conclude, reading an English newspaper is indeed a treasure which enriches our realm of wisdom.

It is really important for us to learn English language. Those who think to improve their English , the English School page of The Daily Star would be very instrumental one.[]

And it is indeed funny to learn in such a school way!!!!!!!!!!!!! 8)

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