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Department of English Literature & Applied Linguistics, AIOU aspires to lead in academic and research fields in the critically vital, twin streams of English Literature and Applied Linguistics. In line with the overall academic style of AIOU, it stands unique amongst other Institutions in the distance learning facilities it provides to scholars at all levels. In a contemporary era of increased media use, online courses not only make learning stress-free but accessible by successfully providing education at the doorsteps for students living in far flung areas, thus translating the AIOU philosophy of “Education for All” into a sure reality.

Well-established & well-organized, the Department of English Literature & Applied Linguistics has thus far successfully awarded more than 100,000 Diploma TEFL & MA TEFL degrees to students all across Pakistan since its inception in 1985. The department has enjoyed excellent repute in MA TEFL with an enormous yearly enrollment of 2000 scholars, which remains unparalleled in the Higher Education scenario in Pakistan.

An excellent team of highly qualified and dedicated faculty strives to provide optimal motivation to students for building a collective consciousness through fostering responsible, empathetic, intellectual, creative individuals and critical thinkers with an enhanced awareness of not only the academic realm but also towards a positive contribution to society.

With an aim to build an interactive academic environment, to develop analytical reasoning and critical inquiry in students and to inspire leadership qualities, the department has carefully selected and designed courses offering Graduate, Post-Graduate & Doctoral Programmes including Masters, MPhil and PhD Programmes. With a prime focus on research and critical inquiry, all programmes include a comprehensive course in research supplemented by detailed on-campus research-based workshops, monthly departmental seminars and conferences.