Diploma in English

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A diploma in English has many benefits. Learning to speak the English language is a necessity or of great benefit when searching for jobs. After completing this programme, students will be able to find more lucrative jobs with an improved ability to speak and write English academically and professionally. Moreover, it would provide a competitive edge in career choices. They may also be able to use this diploma to pave the path toward earning further higher-level academic degrees and professional qualifications. Learning English is important for socializing and entertainment as well as work. One participates more effectively and responsibly in a multi-cultural world if one knows another language.  Therefore, it is hoped that by following this course, the participants will be able to confidently face the challenges in their life.

This course will fulfil the growing demand for a Diploma in English from a wide range of undergraduates who are aware of the demands of the market and therefore wish to enhance their command of the target language and thereby increase their employment prospects both locally as well as overseas. Moreover, those who complete this course will be more confident to take international exams such as IELTS, TOEFL, etc. and sit for professional courses conducted by local and international institutions. All resource persons teaching on this programme will be lecturers in English with Postgraduate qualifications in Teaching English as a Second Language and the classes would be held at the Department of English Language Teaching.  Hence, there would be better utilization of the existing physical and human resources of the university. The image and the visibility of the university as a provider of English as a Second Language will also be augmented and this course will amplify the contribution of the university to the government policy relating to the improvement of English language skills among the undergraduates.


  • Programme objectives

The objectives of the proposed Diploma in English are

  1. To create an opportunity for the undergraduates of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura to further continue their English education after the first year compulsory English programme and develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English
  2. To facilitate the undergraduates of the university to continue their English medium education in the university
  3. To add value to the degree students obtain in a discipline they desire by enabling them to simultaneously earn a Diploma in English too and better equip the undergraduates of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura to compete in the open job market and find more lucrative jobs after graduation.
  4. To give students an ability to think critically and use language powerfully, by being aware of the ideological power of language.
  5. To give students a basic idea of literature in English and the genres available, while also giving them the ability to analyse them.


  • Admission Requirements

Please be notified that students who have got a B- and above for the First Year Second Semester-end Compulsory English examination are eligible for this course. The grade for the First Year First Semester-end examination will not be considered.

Current third-year students who have got a B- or above for their First Year Second Semester-end Compulsory English examination are also eligible for this course.


  • Selection Procedure

An interview will be held to examine the first-year results sheet to determine if the applicants have passed the first year Compulsory English Course and select an appropriate number of candidates that the DELT can accommodate at a time.


Course Features

  • Lectures 0
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 30 weeks
  • Skill level 1st Year English Knowledge
  • Language English
  • Students 0
  • Assessments Yes
  • ENGD 1110.5 Structure of English 0

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  • ENGD 1120.5 Business English 0

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  • ENGD 1130.5 Advanced Reading and Writing 0

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  • ENGD 1140.5 Language through Literature 0

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  • ENGD 1150.5 Critical Reading 0

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  • ENGD 1990.5 Project 0

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