402103 English Language - Paragraph Writing                              (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 9400122
This course offers instruction in the writing of short essays of various expository types (e.g. Description, comparison and contrast, cause/effect). It emphasizes communicative fluency and accuracy. Throughout the course, students will be involved in authentic communicative and academic tasks.
402104 English Language - Basic Grammar                                   (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 9400121
This course consists of a comprehensive review of grammar and sentence structure like tense usage, modals, conditionals, prepositions, etc... The purpose of the course is to create a conscious linguistic knowledge of the basic skills they have already acquired.
402108 French Language                                                               (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: None
This course introduces the student to oral comprehension, speaking, reading and writing the French language at an Elementary level of proficiency and offers insights into the culture and intellectual heritage of the French people. In terms of grammar, the course includes the study of the present tense and the use of the feminine and masculine, of articles and of adjectives. Emphasis is placed on training the students to answer basic questions both orally and in writing.
402109 Spanish Language                                                              (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: None
This course is designed to introduce students to the Spanish Language and offers insights into the culture and intellectual heritage of the Spanish people. In addition to their acquisition of vocabulary, the students learn the basic structures of the language. They are trained at simple reading and writing and basic conversational skills. Emphasis is placed on training the students to answer basic questions both orally and in writing.
402204 Listening Comprehension                                                  (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402104
This course aims at developing the students' speaking skills and fluency in English. It focuses on the students' skill of oral interpersonal communication in everyday life situations. The students will be introduced to such communication through a thorough study of selected passages based on real life situations and containing the vocabulary and structures required for the dialogue.
402205 Reading & Summarizing                                                    (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 9400122
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic techniques of summarizing and paraphrasing through authentic texts. The texts will be supported by carefully graded tasks designed to help the students put their thoughts on paper clearly and to foster good reading and writing habits. The reading selections cover educational, political and social issues representing different genres: Newspaper, feature writing, biographies, textbook and scholarly writing.
402220 Introduction to English Literature                                     (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 9400122
This course introduces the nature, function and major genres of literature, viz. poetry, drama, fictional and non-fictional prose and the terminology involved. The emphasis is on the analytical study of selected texts, representative of each genre. It aims at developing the students’ ability to identify, appreciate, scrutinize individual literary texts and arrive at their own independent judgements based on the evidence contained in the text, as well as to properly express their ideas in writing.
402221 Introduction to Novel                                                         (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402220
This is a historical survey of the development of the English novel from its beginning to the present, accompanied by an analytical study of two or three novels by major novelists. Students are exposed to the novel both as an artistic form and a vehicle for social change and become acquainted with the distinguishing features of the genre. They also learn to discern such aspects as narrative techniques, style, theme, characterization and point of view.
402222 Introduction to English Poetry                                          (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402220
This introduces the main elements of poetry (theme, situation, plot, tone, verbal devices, etc...) from various perspectives. Particular emphasis is placed on the relationship between form and content. The students are exposed to a close reading of a selection of representative poems. Attention is given to developing the individual students’ ability to inspect, articulate and evaluate his/her own experience in the reading of the selected poems in their capacity as individual poems and as poetry in general.
402223 Introduction to English Drama                                          (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402220
This course introduces students to the characteristics of drama in terms of content, form and social functions. The focus will be on a selection of major playwrights from different periods.
402224 Short Story                                                                        (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 9400122 
This course focuses on reading and analyzing a selection of short stories written by the famous practitioners of this young art in the United states (e.g. Poe, Hawthorne, Faulkner, Welty, O’Connor), Britain (e/g/ Hardy, Joyce, Saki, Maugham) and the rest of the world (e.g. Maupassant, Chekhov, Mishima, Mansfield, Gordimer).
402225 Comparative Literature                                                     (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402220
It introduces students to the principles of Comparative Literature. Representative works from different countries are read in the English Language and compared in such a way as to bring out the essential differences and similarities in their structure or form, style and artistic mode, archetypal and thematic content and the type of relationship each individually achieves and/or claims, between form and content. Special attention is given to the cultural and historical context within which these works were each composed.
402230 Introduction to Linguistics                                                 (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 9400122
This course introduces the students to the scientific study of human language. In addition to studying the structural components of language, the students learn to understand and analyze its functional properties. They are introduced to such areas as morphology, phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, language variation, language change, pragmatics, psychology of language, language acquisition and language and the brain.
402231 Phonetics                                                                            (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 9400122
This course is an introduction to articulatory and auditory description of English. Description of the sounds of other languages, chiefly colloquial Arabic of the Eastern variety is introduced. Comparison of sounds and sound systems with those of English practice in transcription and production is illustrated. It also deals with super-segmental features and phonotactics.
402305 Advanced Reading (1)                                                       (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402205
This course introduces and trains students to use the basic strategies needed for effective and fluent reading tasks, with emphasis on ‘critical reading’ skills. It equips students with a set of techniques to develop their comprehension skills, speed up their reading process and prepare them for more extensive and intensive reading.
402322 World Literature                                                                 (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402220
This course aims to expand the students' awareness of the nature and function of literature through the study of representative masterpieces translated into English. The pieces are selected with regard to a work’s capacity to create awareness of major developments in human thought and civilization, including the contextual circumstances in which this work came into being. Particular attention is given to classics and masterpieces that have influenced the imagery, metaphorical structure, style and/or content of English Literature.
402324 Advanced Grammar                                                           (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402230
This course offers an advanced study of the grammar of the English language, considering it in view of the system of the language as a whole. It focuses on structural categories and the relationships among them. Students learn to distinguish the various grammatical categories, sentence types, question forms, directive forms, reduction, expansion and substitution, as well as co-ordination and subordination. The course also focuses on the use of English in various registers and situations.
402326 Renaissance Drama                                                           (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402223
This course examines the elements of the British Renaissance drama through the exploration of three major theatrical works that are representative of the three periods of the Renaissance drama in England: Elizabethan, Jacobean and Restoration. It familiarizes students with the writing styles and language of the chosen representative plays, their social functions and the cultural and humanistic values they offer. It also touches upon the artistic and technical aspects of the trends of play production in the Renaissance.
402327 American Literature                                                           (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402220
This course introduces the various genres, styles and characteristics of American Literature in view of the immigration of the English to the New World, the emergence of the American Society and the new characteristics of this society as they influenced and were influenced by the works of its major writers. The course aims at raising the students’ awareness and understanding of some of the main paradigms that shaped American Literature and its development up to the present.
402332 Syntax (1)                                                                         (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402230
This offers a study of the structure of the sentences and phrases of human language. It introduces various basic syntactic concepts (competence, performance, structure, structural ambiguity, structural grouping, constituent structure, tree diagrams, discontinuous dependencies, class, system, chain and choice relations, etc...), basic syntactic units (sentence, clause, phrase, word and morpheme) and the various overlapping phrasal categories (noun and verb, adjectival and adverbial phrases and prepositional phrases).
402334 Essay Writing                                                                     (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402103
This course offers an advanced study of model essays and an extensive experience in various forms of prose writing. The course provides students with skills fundamental to effective written composition. All students are expected to master the principles of logical development and defense of a thesis. Workshops, lectures and individual conferences guide the writing process. Furthermore, attention will be given to the development of the students’ editing skills.
402335 Psycho and Sociolinguistics                                               (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402230
This course introduces the psychological principles that underlie the human ability to acquire, comprehend and produce language. It also introduces the various aspects of the relationship between language and society. It examines regional and social class dialects and language variability, language in context, and language and social interaction. Other concepts such as language and ethnicity, language and sex are also discussed.
402405 Advanced Reading (2)                                                       (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402305
This course introduces and trains students to use, the basic strategies needed for effective and fluent reading tasks, with emphasis on ‘critical reading’ skills. It equips students with a set of techniques to develop their comprehension skills, speed up their reading process and prepare them for more extensive and intensive reading.
402420 Shakespeare and His Age                                                   (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402223
This course addresses the features that rendered Shakespeare the greatest writer in the English Language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist, offering an in-depth analytical and critical study of a selection of his plays and poems, their style, artistic mode, archetypal and thematic content and the relationship between their form and content. It also introduces his age as a whole, including works of such contemporaries like Wyatt, Sidney, Spenser, Marlowe, Nashe and Ben Johnson.
402424 Literature in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries     (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402220
This course starts with an analytical study of works by major Romantic and Victorian writers, paying attention to literary and intellectual trends and such factors as the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution and the emergence of ideologies, colonialism and capitalism and proceeds to an analytical study of works by major 20th Century writers paying attention to such factors as World Wars I and II, the Bolshevik Revolution and totalitarian regimes.
402431 Functional Phonology                                                         (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402231               
A survey of theories of phonological description including phonemics, supra-segments, distinctive features and prosodics: An application of these theories to actual linguistic data from Arabic and English. It also involves practice in transcription and production of sounds, so that students can produce the right type of intonation, rhythm, assimilation, elision and linking according to certain contexts.
402432 Applied Linguistics                                                             (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402335
This course aims at providing students with thorough grounding in the applications of the principles and theories of linguistics to language teaching and learning and to the areas of translation and literary criticism.
402435 Syntax (2)                                                                         (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402332
This course introduces students to an advanced study of theories of language description, with attention to transformational-generative grammar and its opposing theories. Students learn to analyze the various aspects of language based on these theories. They also learn to distinguish the types of clauses and their transformations and to analyze complex-compound sentences into their constituents. Concepts such as competence and performance, phrase structure rules and PS tree diagramming are highlighted.
402461 Literary Criticism and its Schools (Old and Modern)        (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402424
This course introduces students to the major literary theories from old to contemporary with the bulk of time dedicated to the schools that arose at the end of the Nineteenth and through the Twentieth centuries up to the present. Those include Modernism and Post-Modernism, Formalism, Linguistic Criticism, Structuralism with its various branches (such as the feminist, psychological, colonialist, etc...), Deconstruction and Post-Structuralism with its various branches (post-feminism, narratology, post-colonialism, new historicism, psychoanalysis etc...).
402464 Teaching English as a Foreign Language and for Specific Purposes (1)                                                                                    (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402335
This course introduces the methods of developing competence in all the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the teaching of English as a Foreign Language. It emphasizes curriculum and content materials, instructional methodology, use of materials, organization of learning units, speech and language evaluation procedures and measures and sociolinguistic and neurolinguistic strategies relevant to EFL learners. It also deals with classroom management, the role of the teacher and testing. It aims at the integration of theory and practice.
402466 Teaching English as a Foreign Language and for Specific Purposes (2)                                                                                    (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402464
This reinforces and develops the tuition given in TEFL-SP (1), furthering competence in the teaching of English as a Foreign Language. It emphasizes curriculum and content materials, instructional methodology, use of materials, organization of learning units, speech and language evaluation procedures and measures and sociolinguistic and neurolinguistic strategies relevant to EFL learners. It deals with classroom management, the role of the teacher, and testing and aims at the integration of theory and practice. 
402473 Special Topics in Linguistics / Literature / Sound System (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402230
This course introduces the methods of developing competence in all the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the teaching of English as a Foreign Language. It emphasizes curriculum and content materials, instructional methodology, use of materials, organization of learning units, speech and language evaluation procedures and measures and sociolinguistic and neurolinguistic strategies relevant to EFL learners. It also deals with classroom management, the role of the teacher and testing. It aims at the integration of theory and practice.
402474 Film Analysis and Criticism                                                (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 402405
This course aims at developing the students' capabilities in scientific and systematic thinking and analysis through the presentation of films that cover various artistic, literary and cultural topics in a challenging way. The course focuses on enhancing the six skills suggested by bloom: Knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Film presentations will be followed by relevant readings, oral discussions, seminars, writing tasks and reports.
9400121 English (1)                                                                       (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: Placement Test (P.T) or 9402099
This course consists of a comprehensive review of grammar and sentence structure leading to the guided writing of single paragraphs. Emphasis will also be placed on reading comprehension and oral skills.
9400122 English (2)                                                                       (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 9400121
This course of English aims at developing the skills learnt in English (1) through the study of a choice of relevant texts with particular focus on such concepts, skills, tasks as well as vocabulary that will help the student to progress further.
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