Course Descriptions

ENGL 005- General English

The course is intended for students at a beginner level to upper-intermediate level. It follows an integrated multi-skills approach in developing the students’ performance in English. It lays special emphasis on the productive skills and uses authentic material relevant situations and language functions which are presented throughout the course.

ENGL102–Intermediate Reading

The course deals with reading comprehension in terms of developing students’ abilities to extract information from a text. They are supposed to develop certain reading techniques such as speed reading, prediction and making use of their grammatical knowledge in working out meaning. Developing vocabulary is a goal for this course.

ENGL 155 – Essay Writing and Freshman Composition.

The course aims to consolidate and deepen students’ experience in writing. The writing activities vary in type, subject and length with the progression of the course. The course lays heavy emphasis on effective  expository and argumentative writing. It approaches writing as a process, emphasizes redrafting and enhances students’ awareness of purpose and audience .

ENGL205- Introduction to Translation

The course deals with the principles of translation. Contrastive analysis, stylistics and lexical problems are discussed within the context of translating from English to Arabic and vice versa. Types of translation are discussed .Basic techniques in translation are used to produce supervised translations of various types of texts.

ENGL 152- Oral Skills (1)   

The course aims at developing the student’s ability to interact orally in English with emphasis on accuracy and fluency. Authentic materials in terms of language forms, functions, situations, and topics are used. Students are guided to practice various modes of interaction and build up their own strategies to achieve effective communication.

 ENGL375- Advanced Academic Writing

The course develops academic writing at an advanced level and guides students through the whole process of academic writing to enhance their ability to communicate ideas fluently and effectively. It focuses on reading and note taking, genre and discipline- specific writing, paraphrasing and summarizing. Furthermore, students practice interpreting data from sources such as graphs, diagrams, charts and tables. Students go through the process of working with feedback, revising, editing and presenting the written product. 

ENGL308- Communicative Grammar 

This course is designed to help students to internalize grammar form, meaning and function through integrated approach. It uses communicative methods to promote linguistics skills in students. It also ensures that students are engaged in meaningful communication about real actions and real things in natural contexts.

ENGL404 Syntax

The course is an introduction to syntax (sentence structure) of modern English. It teaches the basic sentence structures, and syntactic categories. The course analyzes phrases and phrases and clauses. We will introduce the notion of constituent movement and we will also discuss the function of words and phrases in the sentence as well as the different verb complementation types.

ENGL 417-Language Development and Acquisition

This course explores how children acquire their native language. It surveys the stages of the first language acquisition; speech production, speech comprehension and the relationship between language and thought. It also compares children and adults with respect to second language learning. The course defines bilingualism and discussions in detail the varieties of bilingualism and whether bilingualism is beneficial or detrimental to second language leaning. The course addresses the three most influential error analysis theories; contrastive analysis, error analysis and interlanguage and evaluates their impact on second language acquisition.


The course introduces students to the sociolinguistic approach to language. It focuses on issues about how language structure and language use are interrelated. It also examines variables responsible for language variation within a speech community. Therefore, topics such as sociolinguistic goals, techniques and levels of analysis, implications of the recognition of language as a social phenomena and its importance in social interaction are discussed. Also, functions of different speech varieties in human communities, namely correctness, register, ethnicity, bilingualism, diglossia are explored in the course.

ENGL 402-Phonetics and Phonology

The course deals with the sounds of English and examines the nature of the rules governing the sound system of English. It introduces the study of physiology of speech production and phonetic transcription through practical exercises. It also helps students to use technical terms in describing speech and talking about phonological literature.

ENGL 204-Advanced Reading

The main aim of the course is to further develop the students’ reading speed, critical reading and comprehension proficiency. It focuses on textual analysis of longer written passages, and teaches students to approach the text as critical readers. The course stipulates, on the part of the students, a reasonable understanding of the basic reading skills introduced in the Intermediate Reading course (0101102) because it builds on these skills.

ENGL301- Introduction to Linguistics

This course introduces the students to language as an important field of study and gives a comprehensive knowledge of how it works. It also provides clear and straightforward descriptions of the different systems of language, namely phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics…etc. Moreover, all language array of technical features are deeply investigated to provide a sound basis for the students to get a full understanding needed for explaining other branches of the field of linguistics including the practical application of linguistics and current theories of the nature of language

ENGL 525ESL- Methods of Teaching ESL

The course overviews theories, methodological approaches and techniques of teaching English as a second or foreign language. It analyses the aspects of classroom practice, including teacher and learner roles .It offers opportunities to students to survey and create ESL/EFL materials and evaluate available texts.

ENGL 0098- Introduction to Essay Writing

The course aims at developing students’ writing skill which is still inadequate and they need improvement at paragraph writing level .The course focuses on helping students to show their integrative utilization of their linguistic knowledge as well as their proficiency in the other language skills .It also helps to develop knowledge and skill of certain organizational and mechanical patterns such as capitalization and punctuation.

ENGL302- Introduction to Modern Grammar

This course is designed to help students to internalize grammar form, meaning and function through integrated approach. It uses communicative methods to promote linguistics skills in students. It also ensures that students are engaged in meaningful communication about real actions and real things in natural contexts.

ENGL307- Morphology and lexical Studies

The course introduces major types of morphological phenomena, their analysis, and current theoretical approaches to handling them. It focuses on inflection, and derivation, the mechanisms for English word-formation and their implications for the lexicon. Meaning changes across time and across dialects is also studied.

ENGL495-Seminar in Linguistics

The course helps students explore various topics assigned by the teacher and write summaries and commentaries on scholarly articles related to the assigned topics. Students are required also to write a BA paper and deliver oral presentation on the research topic and findings.

ENGL153-Oral Skills2

The course aims at helping students to become effective listeners, focusing on listening for the main ideas, variations in intonations, pausing and note-taking skills. The course highlights confidence building, gap repair and important speech. The course also enables students to express themselves effectively and communicatively and to understand authentic dialogues and texts produced by native speakers.

BCGE004 – Study Skills

The course helps students to improve their academic skills and practice in using English as a language of instruction. Students can improve their self study habits and practice effective time management, study and organization skills. The purpose is to help students utilize these skills in order to enhance success in other courses and workplace. Therefore, the course deals with topics such as using an English dictionary, improving reading efficiency, writing skills, writing a research paper ,giving a presentation , using a library, and preparing for examinations.

ENGL 255-Introduction to Literature

This course introduces the students to the concept of literary genre as well as the principal genres of literature in English. The genres that are covered include lyric, drama and fiction. Students are also introduced to other terms and concepts that are basic to the study of literature, such as metaphor, narrative and irony.

ENGL265-Victorian Novel

This course introduces students to the Victorian Novel and its cultural, social, historical and literary context. The course studies Charles Dickens’ Hard Times as a typical representative of Victorian novel.  A thematic analysis of the novel is done during the course; themes, symbols, plot, characters, setting.

ENGL007-English for Business

This is an ESP course designed for students majoring in Business and Management to increase their proficiency in English within the context of business affairs and management. It focuses on reading in the content area, managing technical data and utilizing varied forms of communication for the purpose of transmitting information. It covers the most important areas of management, production, marketing, finance and macro economics.

ENGL408-Semantics and Pragmatics

The course introduces the basic concepts of semantics and pragmatics. It provides students the opportunity to analyze meanings using the semantic knowledge, which is constrained by the linguistic boundaries and using the pragmatic knowledge, which includes the context in the interpretation of meaning. It also examines the linguistic reference and truth conditions of linguistic expressions and signs. It also explores the role of shared inferential strategies, presuppositions, and speech acts in human communication. The students realize how situational contexts determine language use.

ENGL006- Research Methodology

The course introduces the students to the tools and techniques of collecting and interpreting information. Students learn how to narrow down a topic, assemble bibliography and create a working plan for a research paper. They also learn how to organize material, integrate information from primary and secondary sources into a coherent academic paper.

ENGL 438-Critical Approaches to Literature

The course builds on the knowledge given in the course ENGL 255. The course provides students with definitions of the main concepts of literary criticism and the historical development of the critical theory. The course also teaches students to deal with different literary approaches to analyze and evaluate the literary texts.

ENGL 472- Modern Novel

The course builds on the knowledge given in the course ENGL 255. The course provides students with a background and modern novel and a detailed analysis of the main literary elements in Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, context, setting, plot, themes, and characters.

ENGL363 -Study of Poetry

This course deals with poems written in English ranging from the Renaissance to the present modern and post-modern era. The course offers the students an opportunity to explore multiple literary devices and to enhance their analytical ability through linking form to content. In addition, the course exposes the students to various literary movements as well as the socio-cultural thread governing each literary era.   

ENGL370- Elizabethan Drama

This course introduces students to the main elements of drama and dramatic terminology, a short history of English drama and a critical study of William Shakespeare’s the Merchant of Venice. The course aims at offering a literary and technical study of the play with focus on its theatrical, cultural and historical context.

ENGL473- Modern Drama

This course introduces students to modern plays written by European and American playwrights in the last and present century. Students identify basic elements which distinguish modern drama from earlier periods. Performance, sociopolitical and aesthetic aspects are considered in the course. Students closely read and analyze plays of playwrights like Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Tennessee Williams, and others.

ENGL103-Basic English Grammar

The course focuses on the fundamental rules of English grammar as they relate to sentence structure. It deals with topics such as noun phrase, verb phrase, adjectives, adverbs and prepositions .The course also covers tense and aspect combinations, count / non- count distinction, articles and parallel constructions.

ENGL306-Contrastive Linguistics

This course focuses on theory and practice in the analysis of English and Arabic contrasts, errors made by learners, and implications for foreign language teaching. The course will analyze both English and Arabic at the sound, word, sentence and discourse levels. Of course, it will study the similarities and differences between the two languages. However, this is, in fact, not our aim. The aim is to understand the types of mistakes that Arab learners make and the sources of these mistakes. It will also consider some remedial work.

ENGL001 English for IT

This ESP course enables students to deal with reading material of a scientific nature. It emphasizes the skills of describing processes in the context of Computer Science. The focus is on helping students to read in the content area, manage technical data and utilize varied forms of communication for the purpose of transmitting information and describing computer system.

ENGL154- Advanced Communication Skills

The course builds on the skills and strategies introduced in courses ENGL 152 and ENGL 153. Specifically, the course provides students with realistic opportunities for extended communication and more advanced presentation and public speaking skills in a variety of academic and social contexts.

ENGL 315-Psychological Foundations of Teaching &  Learning

This course provides an overview of psychological principles as they relate to human development, learning, motivation, instruction, and assessment. This course provides an overview of psychological principles as they relate to education, learning, behavioral modification, individual differences, mental abilities, special education, motivation, instruction, and assessment. This course includes detailed presentations of educational psychology and its relation and connection with other psychology and educational fields. Also it includes basics learning theories. And the environment and family and the psychological circumstances affects in the processes of teaching and learning.

ENGL411 Translation of English Arabic texts

This course is designed to equip students with the basic skills of translation from English into Arabic. The students are supposed to use their knowledge of translation strategies they have acquired in the course introduction to translation. The course gives more concentration to Arabic. It covers various registers including legal, scientific, social, financial and others.

ENGL 495- Seminar in Literature

This course addresses research skills and resources in the field of English literature, with reference to specific citation style handbooks. The course helps students explore various topics assigned by the teacher and write summaries and commentaries on scholarly articles related to the assigned topics. Students are required also to write a BA paper and deliver oral presentation on the research topic and findings.

ENGL 475- Survey of American Literature

The course studies the development and the changes that have occurred in American literature from the colonial period to the present. It concentrates on the philosophical, social, and political issues that shaped the styles and ideas of various American writers as Franklin, Poe, Emerson, Dickenson, Twain, O’Neil, Hemingway Faulkner, Ezra Pound ect…. It focuses on poetry, drama, essay and the study of American short stories.


ENGL313- Applied Linguistics

The course investigates the relationship between the field of applied linguistics and the language communication process in and outside the classroom. It views linguistics in terms of real world applications and from the perspective of teaching practitioners in different professional settings. It enhances students’ knowledge and awareness of the analysis and explanation of their developmental errors, learning strategies and communication strategies.

ENGL505 : Discourse Analysis

The course looks at the interpretation of meaning beyond the level of the sentence. It examines the roles of notions such as background knowledge, cohesion and coherence to achieve a better understanding of how language works as a communication medium in texts and conversational interaction

ENGL405- Language Change and Differences

A study of how and why language changes, with particular emphasis on the history of English,social and geographical dialects, current English usage and lexicography. A brief review of phonology and grammar is included for those students who need it.

ENGL 360-Readings in Contemporary English Literature

This course deals with literature written in English since 1945 to enable students understand how culture and meaning are produced. The course focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century world literatures in English like Arab Literature in English, Indian literature in English, Latino/a literature in English, Asian American literature, American Jewish literature, feminist studies, experimental poetry, contemporary fiction, science fiction, cultural studies and various ethnic literatures.

ENGL365- Literature in the Media

This course deals with the representation of literature in the Media. It gives students the opportunity to study, analyze and compare literary works to their various forms of media adaptation such as films, comics, plays or songs. In addition, the course introduces students to media approaches and theories for the purpose of developing their skills to understand the difference between the visual and the written form of literary texts. The course bridges the gap between a traditional approach to literature and a hyper post-modern one.

ENGL385- Comparative Literature

The course explores the literature of two or more different linguistic and cultural groups like Arab, Asian, African, American, British, etc.  The course allows students to read and apply literary theory to selections of literary works belonging to a variety of cultural, linguistic and national perspectives and to understand what it means to compare literary texts.

ENGL314- Media Translation

This course helps students to apply the principles of translation learned before to a variety of newspaper, radio, television and public relations texts. The course also highlights the formats of new stories, feature articles, editorials, spoken and written language.

ENGL208- Introduction to Creative Writing

The course is designed to instill the love of writing and the appreciation of reading literary works in students to help them get over the writer’s block. It also guides them to write imaginatively and creatively in different literary genres away from the constraints of academic writing format. Hence reading for pleasure and experimenting with and content are two strong elements in the course.

TRANS-309 Stylistics

The course introduces students to stylistics as the linguistic study of literature. The course emphasizes the practical ways and techniques to see how linguistics can contribute to the interpretation and appreciation of literature and can go beyond what traditional literary criticism has been able to achieve.