The program outcomes are:
Upon the successful completion of the B.A. in English Language and Literature program, students are expected to:
- Describe the sounds of English and pronounce words clearly and legibly in terms of segmental and supra-segmental features.
- Analyze words into their respective constituents and differentiate sense relations between lexical units.
- Analyze sentences into their basic constituents and produce well-formed sentences of various levels of complexity.
- Analyze language at the semantic, sociolinguistic, and discoursal levels.
- Write with clarity, precision, in a variety of forms and for a variety of audiences, well-organized paragraphs, essays (narrative, descriptive, comparative, etc.), reports or research papers.
- Differentiate between the major teaching methods and techniques and apply the appropriate teaching method/techniques in teaching specific language skills, taking into consideration language learning principles and styles.
- Prepare valid tests of different types to assess the various language skills.
- Read a variety of literary genres critically and proficiently to demonstrate in writing or speech the comprehension, analysis, and interpretation of those genres.
- Translate and interpret a variety of text types from English into Arabic and vice versa, using proper terminology and appropriate style.
- Use research skills and procedures to conduct research and deliver written and oral presentations.
The objectives of the Department of Foreign Languages are:
• To develop the students' competency level in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and to equip them with all necessary tools for the appreciation of various kinds of imaginative writing in literature, and to train their critical taste and judgment.
• To raise students' awareness of the principles and strategies that underline effective academic and professional communication.
• To provide opportunities and resources for faculty and students to engage in research.
• To familiarize students with the major theories and trends in linguistics, and the applications of linguistic principles and findings to such areas as language learning and teaching, inter-language studies, contrastive analysis, etc.
• To create in the students an awareness of the principles and techniques of translation and to give them practical training in the translation of a variety of text categories.
In addition to satisfying the admission criteria stipulated in the University section on Admissions in this bulletin, the following additional conditions apply to students who wish to study at the Department of Foreign Language:
a) Department majors are required to successfully complete the following two courses in the first semesters of their official enrollment in DELL. These two courses are prerequisites to most linguistics, literature and translation courses.
- 0202108 - Extensive Reading
- 0202109 - Advanced Language Skills
b) Non-Arabic Speaking Students must pass the Arabic proficiency test administered by the Arabic Department.
Graduates of the Department of Foreign Languages will be able to pursue careers in English Language teaching, translation services agencies and, the travel, transportation and tourism industry, radio and television broadcast stations (as translators or newsreaders), and online translation.