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The Department of English is a dynamic and growing department which was established in the academic year 1991/1992. It offers three study programmes; two undergraduate study programmes (the BA in English Language and Literature, and the BA in Translation) and one graduate programme (the MA in Translation).
Students majoring in English Language and Literature complete a core of courses that develop abilities in critical reading and writing, and knowledge of some of the foundational works of British and American literature. The programme develops students’ flexibility, openness of mind, and knowledge and critical appreciation of literature and other cultural forms. Students are trained to acquire the necessary skills for diverse modes of communication.
The BA in Translation is a professional specialized programme which provides an essential foundation for producing effective and qualified translators. The programme combines theoretical and practical teaching and training. It prepares students for a career in translation through intensive training in both the written and oral modes of language   including consecutive and simultaneous interpretation. The programme includes an adequate number of courses in basic language skills in both English and Arabic, and it also applies contrastive and analytical approaches to the various and related concepts to translation at phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic, pragmatic and discoursal levels. In addition, translation assessment and editing and revising are salient features of the translation programs.
The Department of English started its MA programme in Translation in September 2005. A good number of the department's graduates have successfully pursued their graduate studies (i.e. PhD) at Jordanian as well as renowned British and American universities. In a nutshell, the program aims at empowering students with the skills of professional translators who can provide translation services for the local, regional and global communities.
The Department of English strives be a leader which can compete with all other departments in academia, cope with the growth of human resources and the development of their infrastructure components. Thus, the department will be able to play a leading role by preparing generations of distinguished graduates endowed with critical thinking commensurate with the ever-changing developments of the world of educational technology who consequently are capable of meeting the challenges of modern societies and their future.
The department aims to provide quality education supported by an advanced infrastructure to implement programs aimed at utilizing the creative capabilities of its graduates to provide society with a generation of distinguished graduates who are aware of their roles and obligations towards the implementation of the teaching and learning process. This process can be implemented and enhanced by developing the standards of education, research, applied and technological education in response to and aligned with the varied applied and technological needs of the labor market and of the graduate studies programs locally and globally.


The aim of the development referred to in the Strategic Plan of the Department is to develop programs that enhance the acquisition of knowledge of how to obtain it from its various sources, in order to build skills that enable our students to practice lifelong learning. This will promote their acquisition of the learning outcomes which are compatible with the labor market requirements. Hence, the requirements and needs of graduate studies students will be met which eventually will empower them to face the challenges and changes of different societies.

In light of the above, the department seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To Upgrade students' academic, research and professional skills to advanced levels that compete with their counterparts in other universities.
  2. To produce qualified graduates in fields of science, research, teaching, and technology who will be transformed from a group of knowledge consumers to creative innovators.
  3. To assist, direct, educate and refine students' mental and intellectual capabilities and behavior and effectively make use of their free time.
  4. To activate students' scientific research as a fundamental pillar for building programs aimed at achieving continuous self-learning.
  5. To promote and develop faculty members' research abilities, their knowledge base and professional performance.
  6. To contribute to community service by offering professional programs of a practical nature that meet the requirements of the labor market and graduate programs.
  7. To provide human resources with scientific, professional and research qualifications to achieve quantitative and qualitative development of the study programs offered by the department and its infrastructure.
  8. To have a follow- up program for tracking graduates and employers to measure the suitability of current graduate study programs and the quality of the graduates' professional performance at the work place.
Department Chair's Message, Dr. Mohammad Al-Shunnag

Department Chair
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