Promoting advanced study and research in linguistics and language teaching, the Department offers a wide range of courses in all aspects of English studies as specified in the Georgian national curriculum. It is the first at the University to have introduced an innovative module system of teaching practical courses (basic pronunciation and listening, conversation class and communicative performance; intensive and academic reading; basic and creative writing, the language of the press and multimedia; text interpretation; business language, etc). It also offers theoretical courses (lexicology of the English language, theory of grammar, theory of translation, stylistics; history of the English language, sociolinguistics; linguistic semantics, contrastive linguistics, text linguistics, communicative linguistics, psycholinguistics; linguistic pragmatics, discourse analysis, English language teaching methodology, managing innovation in English Language Teaching, etc).
The main objective of the ESD is to achieve high academic excellence of implementing up-to-date methods, which is accomplished through professionalism and great enthusiasm of the Department staff. In its international strategy statement, the ESD has a policy aim of promoting a European dimension in education and training which is executed by carrying out module-based language teaching, based upon the system used in all universities of Great Britain and leading educational institutions of other developed countries. The system provides students with a wonderful opportunity to use every year spent at the university efficiently by choosing appropriate modules and planning their requirements. The module system of teaching English as a second language promotes mastering the language starting on any level and gradual developing of reading and listening techniques which stipulates the development of speaking and writing skills and mastering the language as a whole. The ESD has worked out module programmes for elementary, advanced, and all levels. Special training for teachers of the modules has been arranged. The successful accomplishment of this reform made it possible to implement the student orientated teaching, revealing the abilities of students with different levels of English proficiency.