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ENG 211 Effective English Grammar in Use  (3 credits)

 This course deals with English grammar in a practical way for the purposes of production (speaking/reading) and comprehension (listening/writing). It also serves as an introduction to basic linguistic terminology. The course starts with a review of the parts of speech (verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and pronouns). The focus then shifts to the different types, structures, and uses of tenses, as well as subject-verb agreement. Students are then introduced to the different classes of nouns (count, noncount, collective, etc.) as well as pronouns. The course concludes with detailed work on modals. In addition to its focus on grammar, the course pays attention to the spelling and pronunciation of words which have undergone morphological manipulation.


ENG 214 Foundations of Rhetoric and Writing (2 credits)

This is an introductory course, emphasizing writing as a process that involves prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. The course focuses on introducing foundational rhetorical concepts and strategies, generating and organizing ideas, developing paragraphs and essays, and improving sentence structure; it also reviews the conventions of punctuation, grammar, spelling, and usage as needed. Students will learn to read critically as they study and practice various modes and styles of writing.


ENG 215 Rhetoric and Writing (2 credits)

 This is a follow‐up course to ENG 214. It again emphasizes writing as a process that involves prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. The course focuses on both reading critically and writing well. In each unit, students will be introduced to a variety of essays or excerpts from the works of professional writers. These will include autobiography, reflection, explanation, speculation about cause and effect, proposal to solve a problem, and argument for or against a position. 


ENG 216 Reading Literature (3 credits)

This course is an introductory course to literature, specifically, the three main genres: fiction (short stories), poetry, and drama. Students are introduced to the literary elements of each genre and are trained to trace these elements in specific works. The course concentrates on providing an elementary literary vocabulary as well as introduction and practice in the skills required for the reading of literature and for writing about it. The classes will emphasize active student participation and give ample opportunity for student leadership of discussion. The course covers three genres that include a selection of short stories (4-5 stories), a selection of poems (5-6 poems), and a one-act play.


ENG 221 Introduction to Linguistic Sciences (3 credits)

This course provides an up-to-date introduction to the study of Linguistic sciences. The course covers the importance of studying languages and linguistics. The areas that will be thoroughly covered in this course are: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics.


ENG 222 Introduction to Applied Linguistics (3 credits) 

This course aims at introducing students to the field of Applied Linguistics and its major areas of research: pragmatics, discourse analysis, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, and sociolinguistics


ENG 271 Writing about Literature (3 credits)

This course offers intensive study and practice of methods of inquiry, rhetorical, terminology and documentation conventions associated with critical writing about literature. The course focuses on the writing process and common writing assignments for literature, and provides instruction in writing about fiction, poetry, and drama within their historical and cultural backgrounds. It also includes coverage of writing a short research paper and the employment of literary criticism and theory.


CENG 307 Language and Society (3 credits)

This course examines the relationship between language and society with a focus on topics such as language variation, multilinguism, code switching, language attitudes, diglossia, language planning and policy. Examples will be drawn from different languages and cultures with a special focus on English.


ENG 318 Survey of British Literature (3 credits)

This course provides a concise history of British literature from the age of Chaucer to the present day. It deals briefly with the earlier periods and more fully with the later landmark periods in the literature of Great Britain. It focuses on the prose, poetry, and drama of Great Britain within a chronological framework.  Attention is focused upon the major writers of each period and genre, laying emphasis on the course of development and the leading characteristics throughout the history of British literature.


ENG 322 Phonetics and Phonology (3 credits)

This is an introductory course to the study of speech sounds. It explores the fields of phonetics and phonology. It starts with a look at the human vocal tract and its work mechanism. Students then learn to describe and classify speech sounds based on their place and manner of articulation and voicing. After that students are trained on transcribing words and sentences using IPA. Students are then introduced to phoneme theory. They explore the relationship between phonemes and allophones as well as types of distribution. The course looks at distinctive features and trains students to use them to describe speech sounds and to group them into natural classes. Students are also introduced to the form and operation of phonological rules. Operations such as assimilation, deletion, and insertion are looked at as prime examples of phonological rules. Students are trained to solve basic phonological problems.


ENG 327 English Morphology and Syntax; (3 credits)

The aim of this course is to provide the students with a general introduction to English morphology and syntax. It is designed to give the students a brief glimpse of the theory and practice of the structural grammar of the English language. A detailed analysis of English morphemes and word formation processes as well as the structure of English sentences and phrases will be treated.


ENG 329 Language Acquisition (3 credits)

This course introduces students to basic and different theories in second language acquisition.


ENG 362 Literary Criticism (3 credits)

This course surveys the schools of criticism since the Greek, emphasizing their main co-ordinates (Audience, Author, Universe, Work). Historically leading figures and major orientations are articulated.


ENG 374 Survey of American Literature (3 credits)

The course starts with readings from Native American Literature.  Emphasis will be on the major American writers, the canon.  In addition, a novel is studied along with samples of the writings of the major writers.


ENG 381 World Literature  (3 credits)

The course will introduce the student to literature in English from around the world. Works of fiction from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America will be explored. The chosen texts will give the student a wider cultural horizon and a better understanding of “other” cultures and literatures and thus foster a basis for intercultural dialogue


ENG 401 Bilingualism (3 credits)

The courses familiarizes students with current research and approaches to the study of bilingualism, by providing an account of the main theories and the most important research findings. It focuses on linguistic aspects of bilingualism; models of bilingualism and language acquisition; competence versus performance; early versus late bilingualism: rationale of the critical age; effects of bilingualism on domains of human cognition such as perception, memory, thinking, problem solving and creativity; and implications for educational policies among others.


ENG 402 Psycholinguistics (3 credits)

 This course deals with the psychological and neurobiological factors that enable humans to process language. It also deals with language production and comprehension and language use. Word meaning, language impairment, and linguistic errors are also dealt with. The course also touches on dyslexia and dysgraphia.


ENG 404 Pragmatics (3 credits)

This course introduces the study of meaning in context. Major topics include deixis, reference, presupposition, conversational implicature, speech acts, and politeness. Throughout the course, indirectness in communication will be the main theme.


ENG 405 Neurolinguistics (3 credits)

This course gives students an idea about the brain – language relationship; it explains to them how language is represented and organized in the brain. The course deals extensively with various types of language impairments generally known as aphasia. Global and partial aphasia, Broca’s and Wernicke’s aphasia, agrammatism, anomia, dyslexia, and dysgraphia are among the important subjects dealt with by this course.


ENG 408 Semantics (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the study of meaning communicated through language. It introduces central topics in word meaning and sentence meaning as well as two semantic theories: componential theory and cognitive semantics. The former includes both Katz's semantic theory and Jackendoff's conceptual structure. Cognitive semantics will lay emphasis on metaphor, schemata and mental spaces.


ENG 414 Composing Research (3 credits)

The course aims to teach students how to apply the fundamentals of rhetoric to the research process. It teaches methods of research; the rhetorical nature of research; elements, strategies, and conventions common to research writing, including multimodal presentations of new knowledge.


ENG 415 Developmental Linguistics (3 credits)

This course introduces some key issues in first language acquisition. It aims to introduce the methods used to study child language, the major milestones of phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic and pragmatic development, and the major theories of language development. In this course, classic studies will be introduced and students are expected to evaluate the acquisition theory based on empirical data.


ENG 416 Syntactic Theory (3 credits)

The course aims at introducing the basic syntactic theories and how they address language acquisition. First, the Government and Binding theory is explained then other alternative theories are examined briefly like the Lexical-Functional Grammar and the Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar.

ENG 425 Contemporary Issues in Linguistics (3 credits)

The course focuses on how language produces meaning. What are the conditions that determine meaning? Do they stem from world or linguistic conventions? How do speakers of a language understand each other? Does language distorts reality or does it enable us to give accurate accounts of reality?


ENG 426 Discourse Structure and Strategies (3 credits)

This is an introductory course to some major approaches to discourse analysis. It covers the basic tools and notions in discourse analysis, e.g. form and function, given and new information, topic analysis, conversation structure, context, relevance, and  discourse across gender and culture.  


ENG 428 Language Geography; (3 credits)

This course will provide an introduction into linguistic geography. Focus will be on regional dialectology through the linguistic analysis of lexis, morpho-syntax and phonology of a number of varieties of English and, to some extent Arabic, as well as on the methodologies involved for collecting, evaluating and displaying data.


ENG 430 Romantic Period (3 credits)

The course offers a comprehensive introduction to the exquisitely complex literature of the British Romantic Period (1789-1830). The students will be introduced to a broad selection of texts by the most prominent poets, novelists, and thinkers of English Romanticism, as well as their relevant historical, cultural, political and aesthetic milieu.  The students will also study the major themes of the period in order to examine and understand the particular concerns of each writer, and to evolve a comparative consideration between such writers and their works to form a more comprehensive outlook of the conflicts and complex interrelations that characterize this


ENG 432 Modern Poetry (3 credits)

This course covers the major characteristics, concerns, techniques, and practitioners of modern poetry. One unifying approach is to trace the two central currents of modern poetry: traditional and modernistic. The poets discussed will include Yeats, Eliot, Pound, Stevens, Moore, Bishop, and Frost with some focus on the poetry of World War One, Imagism, and the Harlem Renaissance. The course will also focus on other defining aspects of Modern poetry: free verse, symbolism, realism, metaphysics, allusion, Diverse methods of literary criticism are employed, such as historical, biographical, and gender criticism. richly diversified period.


ENG 443 The Development of Drama (3 credits)

This course begins by highlighting drama as the oldest artistic form. It provides students with a chronological survey of the development of drama as an art form, and its relation to society from the ancient Greek period, through the Renaissance, down to the Restoration Period. It also provides a study of representative plays which will be considered in terms of the dramatic movements they represent.


ENG 446 Shakespeare (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the most famous playwright in English Literature: William Shakespeare. Through the study of at least one comedy and one tragedy, the salient features of Shakespeare’s dramaturgy will be introduced. Working from the texts, Elizabethan thought and dramatic practice will naturally be considered.


ENG 447 Modern Drama (3 credits)

This course focuses on the development of late 19th and 20th century drama starting from Ibsen and Shaw to Osborne, Beckett and Pinter. It handles issues related to aspects of Modernism marked by the degeneration of Western ideals into an irretrievable mirage, marked by a series of shocks and moral setbacks instigated by the 1st and 2nd World Wars. The course offers a wide mattress starting with the optimism of the social plays of Shaw, through Osborne's Theatre of Anger, and ending with Beckett's and Pinter's Theatre of the Absurd. At least, three representative plays will be studied to cover the issues involved. 


ENG 452 Nineteenth Century Novel (3 credits)

A sense of the Victorian novel will be accompanied by close analysis of at least two novels, preferably early and late. Socio-political and philosophic contexts will be subordinated to the way the 19th century writer made use of the novel forms. Novels studied will be chosen from the work of Dickens, the Brontës, Austen, Thackeray, Trollope, Eliot, Meredith, and Hardy.

ENG 457 Modern Fiction (3 credits)

The course focuses on modernism in Heart of Darkness, A Passage to India, and A Farwell to Arms, highlighting especially style in the three novels.  It also explores in them structure, narrative techniques and perspectives; and the use of symbolism, imagery, and irony, as well as topics, such as existentialism, endurance, racism, colonialism, nativism. As the course develops the role of the author, implied author, reader, and problems of interpretation will be considered. The student shall achieve hopefully by the end of the course a lively appreciation of individual works and see them as part of the global cultural scene.

ENG 464 Genre Analysis (3 credits)

This course introduces genre analysis by covering the basic principles and notions. The focus of the course will be on factors related to context, genre, and the changing nature of writing. Moreover, the course will introduce the generic properties of a variety of non-literary genres and will train students to analyze various texts representing those genres.


ENG 466 Major Non-Fictional Texts (3 credits)

This course introduces literary non-fiction and its various sub-genres especially autobiography and life narrative. The course introduces a number of key critical terms and strategies that will be employed in reading and analyzing the selected texts. Throughout the course, students will be engaged in in-depth reading of several major non-fictional texts while situating them in their particulate historical-cultural contexts.


ENG 467 Modern Literary Theory (3 credits)

The course introduces students to the major theoretical schools, concepts, and vocabularies, and representative figures, influential on the 21st Century study of literature and culture.


ENG 474 American Literature 1: The Beginnings to 1900 (3 credits)

 An elective course for students who would like to know more about American culture and literature before 1900.  The course deals with the major writers of the period and concentrate on those writes who had a major influence in shaping the American Character, writers like Thoreau, Hawthorne, Emerson, Twain, Melville and Whitman.   Other writers who will be studied are Franklin and the major documents of the Puritan fathers.


ENG 475 American Literature 2: 1900 to the Presen (3 credits)

An elective course for students who would like to know more about American culture and literature after 1900.  The course deals with the major writers of the period and concentrate on those writes who had a major influence in shaping the American Character, writers like Frost, Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, and Tony Morrison.   Other writers who will be studied include Joyce Caro Oates, Richard Wright, and William Carlos Williams.


ENG 484 British Literature 1: The Beginning to 1780 (3 credits)

This is a survey course covering the period from Beowulf to 1780. It aims at familiarizing students with developments in English literature over the centuries, focusing on major writers, major literary works, content, style and forms in poetry, prose, drama and critical approaches as they developed, progressed and transformed down the centuries. Literary transitions in the period will be studied in relation to corresponding developments in politics and religion, and to other arts and sciences.


ENG 485 British Literature 2: 1832 to the Present; (3 credits)

This is a survey course covering the period from 1832 to the present. It aims to familiarize students with developments in English literature from the post-Romantic period down to the present time. It focuses on major writers, major literary works, the content, style and form in poetry, prose, drama and critical approaches as they developed, progressed and transformed during the Victorian, Modern and Postmodern periods. Literary transitions in the period are studied in relation to corresponding developments in political, cultural, social, and religious fields, and to other arts and sciences.


ENG 491 Computational Linguistics (3 credits)

The course introduces students to the use of computers to represent and process human language, a field that combines insights from linguistics and computer science. It provides an opportunity for students to develop skills of computer programs to a level that allows implementation of simple language processing systems. Moreover, the course provides an introduction to the field of corpus linguistics.


ENG 492 History of the English Language (3 credits)

This course is an introduction that provides knowledge about how historical events in England have affected and caused changes in the language throughout different periods. First, there is a review of the political, social and intellectual factors that have determined the development of language in each period. Then, a close study of the internal structure of language in each period is made. The course covers both historical events as well as language development. 


ENG 498 Practicum Language (3 credits)

The course provides students with the opportunity to gain real world experience in ONE of three fields: 1. Teaching English as a foreign language at schools or English language institutes, or at universities 2. Translating and interpreting (from and into English) at various institutions including hospitals, companies, embassies, etc. 3. Working as a media professional at English-speaking television, radio, or print media production. Students are required to put in a minimum of 75 hours in one semester working at an institution or an organization in the chosen field. The 75 hours are to be divided as follows: The first 15 hours will be allotted to only observing and assisting, and then 60 hours of supervised work where students are given full responsibility of certain tasks, but under supervision. By working with professionals in the industry, students will be able to pick up useful skills that will help prepare them for the transition from university to work place. In applying the knowledge acquired in the classroom, students will be able to develop a better understanding of the way in which theory relates to practice.



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