Course Description of English of B.A degree in English and Literature.-


English Grammar (I)  ENGL 1321


The course involves a detailed analysis of the structure of English sentences. The following topics are of particular relevance to the course: The English verb phrase, noun phrase, the clausal system of English, parallel structure and co-ordination.


Oral Communication Skills ENGLA  1322

An oral communication skills course that emphasizes organizing, adapting messages to specific audiences, using language correctly, delivering messages verbally and nonverbally with confidence, and active listening and evaluation skills.

In addition, the course emphasizes the skills needed for effective communication in social and academic settings students will improve listening skills and oral fluency through discussion, role play, interviews, oral presentations, and aural activities using various media.


Study Skills          ENGLB  1323


This course offers students an introduction to university.  It emphasizes study methods and techniques for beginning students.  Study strategies are suggested for reducing anxiety, improving memory and concentration, managing time, taking notes from texts and lectures, researching, and preparing for and taking tests.


 Academic Reading   ENGLA  1324


This course aims at training the students towards reading texts fluently with particular concentration on understanding denotation and connotation, making inferences and judgments, opinion and style, revealing the function of some of the dynamic patterns which are employed in English, extracting main ideas, inferring, understanding writer’s style and reacting to the text.


Moreover, this course is designed to improve students’ proficiency in reading lengthy texts. It aims at equipping the students with different reading strategies. The course fosters skills of scanning, skimming and prediction through extensive reading. Students are expected to work on discourse level. Therefore, special attention is paid to cohesion devices and discourse markers, and their essential roles in making the cohesion and coherence of reading texts. Vocabulary building is emphasized through exposing the students to difficult authentic materials (fiction- non-fiction).   


Writing (I) ENGL  1325


This course is an introduction to writing mainly at the sentence and paragraph level. It aims at giving the students facility in handling a large selection of useful sentence structures, and awareness of stylistic differences between alternative ways of saying, more or less, the same thing. The topic sentence and types of paragraphs are also taken into consideration.





Pronunciation   ENGL  1326


This course is designed to enable the students to enunciate clearly and audibly. Due emphasis is to be laid on the students’ practical ability to accurately produce English sounds and utterances in communicative settings.


Introduction to English Literature   ENGL 1346


          This course includes a concise chronological study of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon age to the present day. It also aims at introducing  the ‘Novel’, ‘Play’, and ‘Poem’  as artistic forms.


English Grammar (II)   ENGL  2321


          This course concentrates on analyzing the structure of English sentences, particularly those involving  modal auxiliaries, subjunctive, finite and non-finite clauses. The course also describes the structures, uses and positions of noun phrases, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and complex noun phrases, and adverbials.


Linguistics  ENGL  2322


          This course introduces linguistics, clarifies its nature, aims and its relations to other social disciplines. The course also aims at acquainting the students with the nature of human language, its characteristics and components. Furthermore, it refers very briefly to the different types of schools of linguistics, mainly the Chomskian school “Transformational-generative grammar.”


Literary Criticism (I)  ENGL   2323


This course is a preliminary course in theoretical and practical. It is mainly designed to predispose the students of level two to literary studies. Accordingly, it is a supplementary course to other courses in English literature. The course falls into two parts. The first part comprises the classical and Romantic theories of criticism e.g. Aristotle, Longinus, Horace, Sidney, Alexander Pope, Dryden, Wordsworth Coleridge and Keats. The second part is text based where representative texts of different genres are dealt with critically.


Translation (I)  ENGL  2324


          This course aims at preparing the students toward effectively dealing with the problems involved in translating from English into Arabic and vice-versa.


Writing (II)  ENGL  2325


A further detailed course in writing skills at the sentence and paragraph levels. It is designed in order to enable students to successfully deal with a large selection of useful patterns and structures.


Phonetics and Phonology  ENGL  2344


          The content of this course covers these main points:

          1. The sounds of English: manners and places of articulation.

          2. Vowels and consonants: segmentation and transcription

3. Superasegmental features: pitch, stress and intonation at single sound and sentence levels.

4. The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and Received Pronunciation (RP)

          5. Acoustic and auditory phonetics

          6. English phonemes, allophones and consonant clustering

          7. Formation of phonological rules


Short Stories ENGL  2347


This course includes a large selection of short stories by various writers representing different literary periods. It basically aims at introducing the students towards effective analytical treatment of simplified literary forms, and enriching their vocabulary and structure.


 The Novel ENGL  2349


 This course is an introduction to the art of the Novel. Some of the main topics considered are:

1. Poetics of the novel

2. Structure and major principles underpinning the novel

3. The interplay of society and the individual as normally presented in

     any  given novel

4. Two particular novels receive detailed critical discussions


Romantic Literature ENGL   3316


This has a study primarily of Wordsworth and Coleridge in order to arrive at an understanding of the English Romantic period as part of the European Romantic movement extending into the 20th century.


Syntax and Semantics (new)  ENGL  3321


          In this course we will introduce elements of semantic theory and the theory of the syntax-semantic interface.  Our main aim is to discuss issues which are necessary for the comprehension contemporary work in these domains within linguistic research.


Syntax  ENGL   3321


This course offers a general introduction to generative syntax. This will include an analysis of the syntactic categories within the framework of Government Binding Theory. The student is expected to be familiar with notions like competence, performance, informants, linguistic intuition, grammaticality, acceptability, pursing by using tree diagram, constituent, phrase, grammatical function, assignment and movement.


Literary Criticism (II)   ENGL  3323

This course is mainly designed for the 4th level students. The main focus is on practising theory and reading literature. The span of critical theory extending from moral criticism to most recent critical theories are to be covered. For each theory, a text is given whereby the theory at hand is exemplified. The text could be either extracts or complete works in fiction, poetry and drama.


Translation (II)    ENGL  3324


Students are asked to make translation of Arabic texts into English an vice-versa. All types of writing are attempted including news, commentary, essays, narrative, criticism, verse, etc.


Elizabethan Literature    ENGL  3330


A general course intended to teach the students the elements of drama (dialogue, action, plot, characterization, etc.). The practical side of the course includes a study at depth of at least three Shakespearean plays.


Poetry    ENGL  3358


Emphasis in this course is placed on the understanding and appreciation of poetry as a literary genre. Various forms of poetry such as the sonnet, elegy, ballad, etc. are to be presented and critically studied. The selected forms represent different periods of the English and American literature. Ample examples are provided to illustrate the nature and function of poetry.


Shakespeare ENGL  3359


          A general background about Shakespeare’s life and age is given. In addition, a brief survey of the development of Shakespearean criticism during the ages is offered. The crux of the course is a detailed study of five plays selected from the various types of Roman plays, tragedies and romances.


Victorian Literature ENGL   3361


This course is designed to study the homogeneous literary period in order to examine the changes taking place in society and outlook. Among the writers studied are the novelists: Dickens, George Eliot and Hardy and the poets: Tennyson, Browning and Arnold.


Advanced Writing ENGL  3362


Concentration in this course is placed on writing reports and different types of essays, along with familiarizing the students with the main techniques of writing long essays and dissertations. This includes teaching them how to quote and record reference and biography.


The 17th & 18th Century Prose   ENGL  3363


In addition to carrying out a survey of English literature from Sir Francis Bacon to Jonathan Swift, the course also includes an introduction to the new classical school of the 18th Century.


Psycho & Scocio Linguistics             ENGL 3372


This combined course introduces several topics related to language and its relation to both brain and society. It will normally be organized around the following topics:

          1. Theories of language acquisition

          2. Language development in the child

          3. Language and society, context, gender and class

          4. Language planning and language policy


Graduation Project ENGL  4100


This course is intended to train students on academic projects, to be conducted on any of the English Department requirements studied. It also aims at enhancing and evaluating students’ writing proficiency and overall achievement and making them research oriented.


Stylistics ENGL  4331


          The general aim of this module is to introduce students to the linguistic and discourse analytical approaches to style in literary works.


The Metaphysical Poets  ENGL  4365


A study of the major poems of John Donne, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell, Henry Vaughan, etc.  Students will be given a fairly detailed interpretation of the main features of the metaphysical poetry and their presence in the poems of those poets.


Drama ENGL   4366


A further course in drama which involves a detailed study of the elements of drama. Particular attention is paid to the major types of drama: tragedy and comedy. Five plays representing various periods are analysed.


Teaching English as a Foreign Language     ENGL  4368


This is a course in the methodology of foreign language teaching. It focuses on the principles and techniques of teaching English as a foreign language. It comprises different methods of teaching and testing the different language skills and components.


English Literature in the 20th Century      ENGL    4369


This course acquaints the students with the main literary movements and the major writers of the 20th century. With the help of some basic texts, the student is provided with a historic sense of the period together with some in-depth study of important works. Due to the complexity of modern writing, students are encouraged to read as secondary material as possible.


Comparative Linguistics ENGL   4371


This course studies natural languages morphologically, phonetically, grammatically, stylistically and semantically. More concentration is focused on the interference among the above mentioned components of language and the relation of comparative linguistics to the learning/teaching of English as a foreign language.


 American Literature  ENGL  4372


This course is basically designed as an introduction intended to acquaint the student with the major American writers and their primary literary achievements ranging from the Colonial beginnings of American literature to the present with particular emphasis on the Age of Romanticism. For each author and for each of the five literary periods, brief introductory notes summarize historical and critical information. The crux of this course is a fairly elaborate study of two selected works through which we can elucidate the growth of American literary themes and ideas.


Translation III     ENGL  4324


As the title of this course indicates, it is intended to be more advances than Translation (I) and Translation (II), the aim being to help students develop the capacity not only to produce good translations but also to be aware of the principles involved form English into Arabic and form Arabic to English.

This course also equips students with an overall view of the language problems in Palestine as they relate to the legal profession.  It familiarizes students to legal terms and the legal language used at the institutions of ministry of justice.  It also introduces the students to varieties of political, commercial and scientific terms and topics.

Course aims

Upon completing the course, students should have a clear picture of the language issues relating to the legal profession in Palestine, have a clear idea of the nature of translation in general and the nature of legal translation in particular; have a firm grounding in the skills and techniques for translating a variety of legal texts; be able to present their ideas from Arabic to English and vice versa, with particular reference to law and legal matters.



Comparative Literature ENGL  4332


This course is a general introduction to literary analysis from comparative perspective.  Students are expected to study literature from a multicultural perspective.  Class sessions will introduce and put into question basic methods and concepts of criticism through close reading and discussion of texts by major authors from different cultures.  While most frequently practiced with works of different languages, comparative literature may also be performed on works of the same language if the works originate from different nations or cultures among which that language is spoken.  Also included in the range of inquiry are comparisons of different types of art in addition to emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of the field.



Elective Courses


The elective courses are a convenient and flexible means of gaining additional college credit.  The choice of electives to complete the BA degree program is entirely up to the student (respecting co-requisite and prerequisite requirements).  Students are not necessarily required to choose a major.  Instead, they are encouraged to select those electives that best suit their backgrounds and career interests, and develop one or more areas of expertise.  The too many areas list of available study options may also develop a concentration in a functional or program areas; completing the number of credit hours to fulfill the requirements of a BA degree program.  However, some electives may not always be available, depending upon student enrollment.