Course Description

ENG 101 Intensive English Writing

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0)

This first level college writing course is designed to train students in the basic skills necessary for writing in general. It focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical methods and patterns such as narration, argumentation, persuasion, description, comparison/contrast, problem/ solution, etc. Students are required to write essays both in and outside of the classroom.
ELAN 104 Analytic Reading and Writing

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ENG 101

This course aims at fulfilling the needs of reading and writing of students of the translation and linguistics major. The course integrates reading and essay writing skills at the upper-intermediate level. It equips students with vital academic vocabulary that can improve their writing skills and enable them to write at a higher thinking level. The skills gained on this course will enable students to link writing well to reading related texts and analyzing them artistically which will improve their creative and critical thinking skills in their essay writing.
ELAN 107 English Grammar I

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ENG 012

This course aims at preparing students to apply English grammar in formal contexts at an upper-intermediate level. The course integrates different kinds of activities to bridge the gap between basic knowledge of grammatical structure and its applications. It is designed to help students enhance their understanding of English grammar, expand their already learned skills and enable them to apply it their usage of English. The course will review parts of speech and their function, different verb tenses, active and passive voice, and types of clauses.
ELAN 108 English Grammar II

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ELAN 107

This course builds on the skills learned in ELAN 107 ENG Grammar and raises the students’ grammar skills to the advanced level. The course aims at building the students’ grammar skills that are based on practical rather than theoretical considerations. Areas covered in the course include real and unreal conditionals, direct - indirect speech, specification of numbers in English, use of certain modals, negatives and types of questions.
ELAN 130 Introduction to Linguistics

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ENG 012

Students are introduced to general linguistics and its major components are studied in detail. Levels of linguistic analysis are tackled according to the following hierarchy: phonetic, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Students apply what they have learned on the theoretical level to of some selected spoken and written texts.
ELAN 205 Advanced Reading and Writing

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ELAN 104

This course builds on the skills learned in ELAN 104 and guides students to achievement of reading and essay writing skills at an advanced level. The course also links texts read and advanced vocabulary encountered in readings on a variety of academic topics to improve their creative writing abilities.
ELAN 206 Research Writing

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ELAN 205

Students are introduced to the tools and techniques of collecting and interpreting information. They learn how to draft a research plan by narrowing down a topic, assembling a bibliography, and putting together a review of literature in order to produce a coherent academic research paper.
ELAN 240 Introduction to Literature

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: None

The course explores the three major genres in English literature: Poetry, Novel, and Drama providing an overview of the development of English language/literature. The major components of literary criticism such as literary terms and critical concepts are examined with a focus on how opinion is expressed in scholarly writing.
ELAN 232 Morphology and Syntax

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ELAN 130

The course introduces the study of words, their internal structure, and how they are formed. This course is both theoretical and practical. It is theoretical in that it provides students with considerable knowledge of morphological terms and processes. Key concepts include words vs. lexical items, inflectional and derivational morphology, compounding and morphological theories. It is practical in that it helps learners develop their skills in morphological analyses on words in English and other languages. Throughout the course, the interrelations between morphology and other sub-disciplines of Linguistics (i.e., Phonology, Semantics and Syntax) are examined.
ELAN 241 Fiction

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ELAN 240

The course is designed to acquaint students with the genre of novel as it first emerged in the 18th century in England and the reasons beyond its emergence late on the literary scene. The evolution of the novel is tracked across successive eras from 18th century through to the late 20th century with and an emphasis on the social, political, and cultural contexts prevalent in each era in the United Kingdom. The appearance and growth of the American novel in the 19th century is introduced and contrasted to its English counterpart.
ELAN 334 Semantics and Pragmatics

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ELAN 130

The first part of this course is an introduction to the study of semantics on both the word and sentence level. The second part gives insights into theories of language use, particularly the part on pragmatics dealing with how people communicate more than they literally say or write.
ELAN 131 Phonetics and Phonology

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ELAN 130

The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the description of the English sound system (vowels and consonants). Students are given intensive practice in the production and transcription of consonants and vowels in different positions and combinations. Features of connected speech are covered as well. Suprasegmental features of English such as stress, pitch, intonation are examined and practical exercises employed throughout the course enable them to use phonetic transcription effectively.
ELAN 131 Phonetics and Phonology

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ELAN 130

The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the description of the English sound system (vowels and consonants). Students are given intensive practice in the production and transcription of consonants and vowels in different positions and combinations. Features of connected speech are covered as well. Suprasegmental features of English such as stress, pitch, intonation are examined and practical exercises employed throughout the course enable them to use phonetic transcription effectively.
ARAB 201 Functional Grammar

Credits: 3 (3,0,0) (ENG University Requirement)

The courses teaches the major functional rules of grammar: case markers and word order. It focuses on three noun cases and three verb cases using common examples. Special attention is given to practical exercises.
ARAB 303 Arab Rhetoric

Credits: 3 (3,0,0) Prerequisite: Departmental Approval

This course explores the artful elements of Arabic. The craft and art of metaphors and good style are examined. The aim of the course is to cultivate a sensitivity to language appreciation in prose and poetry en route to mastery of Arabic.
ETRA 250 Introduction to Translation

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ELAN None

This course introduces the basic concepts and elements of translation theory and practice. Items covered include approaches, methods and techniques, steps of the translation process, review, reformulation and revision. Students are familiarized with the role and functions of translator/interpreter in the process of interlingual communication.
ETRA 233 Text Linguistics

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ELAN 130

The course introduces students to the notion of text as a communicative occurrence which meets certain standards of textuality. It also familiarizes students with the linguistic and pragmatic conventions of text types and genres and the differences which may exist between languages and cultures in this respect.
ETRA 351 Sight Translation

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ETRA 250

Considered as the meeting ground between translation and interpreting, sight translation joins the starting point of the written mode and the end-product of the oral one. Students are given a written text in one language and are tasked to immediately render its meaning orally into the other language. To do this proficiently, two major skills are required: 1) fast reading and comprehension of texts, 2) quick oral response into the other language. Acquisition of these skills is the focus of the course.
ETRA 352 Consecutive Interpreting

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ETRA 351

This course trains students in the art and skill of consecutive interpretation in both public and interpersonal situations. Techniques and strategies used by expert interpreters (such as making shorthand notes and memory taking) are taught and used by the trainees in a variety of exercises.
ETRA 353 Computer Applications in Translation

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ELAN 250

This course is an introduction to the topics and methods in the field of applied linguistics. The course emphasizes the application of applied linguistics theories to problems of second language teaching and learning and to language in social context. Topics discussed and developed include grammar and vocabulary, discourse analysis, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, corpus linguistics, functional linguistics, non-native reading research, writing, listening and speaking as well as assessment.
ETRA 354: Lexicography and Terminology

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ETRA 232

The art of dictionary making and the principles of terminology are the subjects of this course. Students are introduced to the main types of dictionaries and their respective uses and components. Dictionary compilation and evaluation methods are also discussed.
ETRA 355 Business and Media Translation

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ETRA 250

This course familiarizes students with the register and discourse characteristics of the language varieties of business and media in both English and Arabic. Its aims is to develop and reinforce the skills and techniques required for translating texts bearing such features into the two languages. In the fields of business, the focus is on text types such as bank statements, financial reports and business correspondence. In the field of media, text types such as news items, press reports, newsletters, and promotional texts are examined.
ETRA 356 Scientific and Medical Translation

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ETRA 250

This course targets translation of scientific and medical texts. In the scientific field, students are trained on analyzing texts to understand the context, terms and concepts in the original text before looking for equivalencies in the other language. To best deal with medical texts, the medical terminology most commonly used by doctors and other health practitioners in text types such as medical reports, diagnosis, and medical procedures are examined with special attention given to word formation (e.g. Latin roots, suffixes and prefixes).
ETRA 453 Simultaneous Interpreting

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ETRA 352

This course offers students the opportunity to learn and apply simultaneous interpretation techniques to a variety of topics and settings. It aims to develop students' practical skills in simultaneous interpreting English to Arabic and vice versa. The focus is on strategies and techniques in dealing with simultaneous interpreting. The course surveys the different scenarios in which simultaneous interpreting is used and covers the following subject areas: motivational topics, society and social media, health, politics, and international relations.
ETRA 455 Legal and Political Translation

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ETRA 250

This course grooms skill in translating legal and political texts burdened with the complexity of structure and terminology. The essential elements of legal and political writing styles are introduced for this type of formal translation work. Text types such as court decisions, contracts, and notary deeds are dealt with. On the political side, students translate texts types such as editorial articles, speeches, diplomatic and international organizations' documents.
ETRA 456 Editing and Publishing

Credits: 3 (3, 0, 0) Prerequisite: ELAN 206

This course focuses on the final stages of translation work covering the topics of revising, editing and publishing in electronic formats. Students are trained to revise and edit their own work, translations done by others, and machine generated translations.
IR 101 Information Resources

Credits: 3 (3,0,0) Prerequisite:

This course provides an introduction to techniques of information retrieval and information evaluation. Students completing this course will have the skills needed to locate and critically evaluate information, to think critically about research strategies, and to apply these concepts to undergraduate research using library resources and the internet to develop a research proposal.