The Bachelor of Arts in Language and Literature Studies (BALLS) is a four-year undergraduate program which aims to produce globally competitive and highly principled graduates and leaders who are lifelong learners, problem solvers, effective communicators and community-oriented. It is designed to train students in a range of skills including advanced communicative competence, effective strategies in rhetoric and research, and modes of literacy that provide access to macro/micro skills and integrated/integrative competencies.
The program also involves training in both specific and generic skills in literature, training in competencies targeting critical and creative thinking and oral and verbal communication, formation and development of values and attitudes required of a Filipino in the age of trans-regionalization and internationalization.
Under the new 2018 curriculum, students pursuing BALLS must complete 162 units of study.
The BALLS program aims to develop the following in its learners:
- Demonstrate theoretical knowledge in Language and Literature by:
- Showing comprehensive and in-depth understanding of theories, principles, concepts and skills that are at the forefront of a specific area of specialization in language and literature.
- Developing and sustaining arguments about, and critically evaluating both established and emerging knowledge in a specific area of specialization in language and literature.
- Comprehending and evaluating new information related to language and literature.
- Demonstrate advanced methods of research in language and literature specifically by:
- Showing meaningful learning opportunities which translate learned principled and skills to teaching in a higher-level setting.
- Explaining and critically evaluating the appropriateness of the various advanced method inquiry in language and literature.
- Conceptualizing, designing, and implementing research projects for the generation of new knowledge and/or application of knowledge, and adjust the needs of the students/academe or industry.
- Creatively use the theories, principles, concept and skills in a specific area of language and literature
- Update their knowledge and skills in language and literature to undertake higher level studies.
At the end of the program, BALLS students are expected to exhibit the following:
- Demonstrate linguistic and literary competence in producing effective multimodal materials;
- Apply linguistic and literary competence, to engage in various discourses, to address issues in literacy;
- Apply effective and appropriate communication in interacting and collaborating with people regardless of their background, culture and gender;
- Demonstrate intellectual curiosity through the creation, organization, participation and engagement in seminars and workshops;
- Demonstrate problem solving skills in analyzing different literary and linguistic issues leading to action research;
- Apply research skills through exposure to various literary and language theories leading to producing empirical studies;
- Utilize critical thinking skills through analyzing the connection of language to gender, society and law;
- Produce a creative or critical text in one of the genres, forms and types that may be useful across the literary profession;
- Design literary and cultural texts according to geographic areas, intercultural united movement and historical periods;
- Produce English language and literary research relevant to the needs of the community;
- Apply language awareness and sensitivity through exposure leading to appreciating languages and their varieties;
- Construct problem solving and research skills through exposure to different language theories and issues leading to producing research studies; and
- Develop digital literacy through analyzing the discourses in the digital world that would develop students to be responsible.
Graduates of the BALLS program have a wide array of options for their career and profession, including but not limited to the following:
- Corporate training officer
- Corporate communication officer
- Translator / interpreter
- Writer / editor
- Language / literature instructor
- Call center agent
- Speech trainer
- Front office personnel
- News writer / reporter
- Film critic
- Media practitioner
- Talk show host
- Public relations officer
- Creative writer
- Lawyer (upon completion of separate law degree)
The BALLS program is both aligned with the University’s thrust and designed to address the needs of the industry and community. The niche of the program highlights the strands of language and literature studies.
The current BALLS curriculum is an expansion of the 2018 new curriculum in language and literature. It adheres to the goals set in 2018 of CHED, whereby after completion of the course, learners can:
- interact effectively in a variety of situations;
- access and make use of information from a variety of sources and media;
- present information in an organized manner; and
- appreciate literature and other cultures and develop linguistic awareness.
The BALLS program has been carefully crafted to empower our students into becoming independent, lifelong learners as future professionals. As such, this program utilizes the following varied teaching-learning approaches focused on learners’ needs and capabilities:
Many scholars who have done various studies in the context of language-based approaches (LBA) believe that the teaching of literature emphasizes the integration between language and literature in classroom teaching (McRae & Boardman, 1998; Carter & Long, 1991; McRae, 1991; Lazar, 1993). This approach is based on the principle that LBA can provide teaching literature with both literature and language, working in a symbiotic relationship. By incorporating LBA into literature classes the text becomes an interesting piece of work to be analyzed as the approach allows students to go one step further in analyzing its content which includes manipulation, transformation, experimentation and dissection.
Oral approach / situational language teaching
The oral approach is a method in which students to use whatever hearing they get from their surroundings. They also take help from the context to understand and use language. The target is to develop the skills in the individual so that he can communicate and function independently. This approach helps in the development of reading and writing skills (Richards and Rodgers, 2001).
The BALLS program adheres with the University’s educational philosophy and learning paradigm which emphasizes active and dynamic learning to develop the higher-order thinking skills of our learners. This entails designing engaging activities and encouraging collaboration between teacher and student inside the classroom to facilitate effective higher learning.
The program utilizes a variety of lectures, discussions and demonstrations in developing theoretical and foundational knowledge in language and literature and other fields.
BALLS offer a glimpse of professional practice through the lens of various disciplines. Coupled with the liberal GE courses which expose learners to the humanities and social sciences, the program hopes to produce well-rounded, adaptable and analytical professionals and practitioners of English and other languages.
The BALLS program recognizes the changing technological landscape which our current generation of learners must navigate. Geared towards ubiquitous and independent learning, some courses are delivered through a mix of online virtual classrooms, self-study modules and face-to-face sessions. The University utilizes Canvas, a world-class learning management system to facilitate this mode of delivery.
Aside from didactic and demonstrative approaches, the program utilizes case studies and research-based materials to ensure that learners are provided with updated knowledge and practices in the language and literature. Moreover, the program encourages learners to develop an inclination towards research and scientific thought.
Assessment and Research Work
Throughout the course of the program, varied assessments and
assessment-related tasks are deployed depending on the negotiation between the
teachers and the learners. Teachers are encouraged to develop relevant
formative assessments designed to help learners prepare for capstone summative
Assessments are a combination of traditional pen-and-paper tests, practical examinations, research work and performance-based tasks. These include quizzes and summative tests, reports and presentations, case analyses, research-based writing, return demonstration and peer assessments. Apart from course-based assessments, research is also combined into the curriculum such as the course Language and Literature Research Paper Writing and Presentation.
Students cannot complete the program without undertaking internship or practicum, which comprises 6 units of their coursework.
During practicum, BALLS learners are expected to undertake actual
work immersion in their chosen company.
Learners must complete a total of 162 units or _______ hours of course work, which includes ____ hours of internship. They also must have a minimum quality point average (QPA) of ____ by the end of the program.
LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE DEPARTMENT
Arts Building, Far Eastern University
Nicanor Reyes Street, Sampaloc, Manila
[T] 02 8494000 loc. 240