Why study at the Department of English Language and Literature at the BUE?
There is an increasing demand in the modern globalised world where the job market changes rapidly and employers are heading for independent thinkers to study English language and literature. Studying English language and literature provides you with a solid foundation on the leading tenets of modern thought in the fields of: literature, applied linguistics and translation. The programme, thus, places special value on the diversity of knowledge through an interdisciplinary approach. The programme engages you in a variety of activities which promote collaboration and mutual exchange of ideas, break down the boundaries of culture and preserve cultural heritage. Our students deepen their knowledge via cutting-edge teaching and learning approaches which equip them with the necessary ethos to pursue a promising career at major domestic and international organisations.
You will be introduced to the fundamental academic and university life skills as you will get introduced to the basic fields in English language and literature, and you will have the opportunity to develop your language skills in English, Arabic and modern European languages, in addition to study skills.
Degree Year 1
In year One, you deepen your knowledge of the three specialised areas as you will be introduced to the basic research techniques of the three specialisms which prepares you eventually to choose one of them by the end of the year.
Degree Year 2
Here you choose your area of specialism:
- English Literature (General) where students focus on the interpretation and analysis of literary texts and study theories of literature and criticism.
- Applied Linguistics where students study spoken and written communication, distinctive levels of analysis: phonology, grammar and lexis in addition to
- Translation where students acquire the skills of professional translation: terminology and lexicology, computers and translation, and theoretical aspects of translation.The modules you study at each of these speacialisms bring theory and practice together. In addition, students are given the opportunity to choose from a variety of elective modules such as Creative Writing to further sharpen their real-life experience and widen their scope of knowledge.
Degree Year 3
In the final year, you are being prepared to join the labour force community. This is achieved through an extensive, in-depth study of core modules in addition to electives modules such as Performance Studies and Second Language Acquisition. Thus, you are prepared to conduct research as relevant to your area of specialism whereby your independence, and mastery of the interdisciplinary knowledge acquired in the previous years will be successfully demonstrated.
How will I learn and be assessed?
We rely on a diversity of teaching and learning collaborative methods whereby our students transcend intellectual and national boundaries. Students undergo a creative and innovative learning experience which embraces professional standards and new technologies in a global context. Our key strength is the diversities of practice in which we bring practical and academic experiences together. Our community of full-time academics further supports students’ experiences in all disciplines through lectures, tutorials, group work, private study, practical activities and field trips. Since our learning and teaching strategies promote collaboration and mutual exchange of ideas, assessment involves unseen written exams, computer-assisted assessments, coursework assignments, essays, oral presentations, individual/group project and research papers.
What career and further education opportunities are open to me when I graduate?
Faculty of Arts and Humanities is one of the most vibrant ventures that supports the wider community with competent graduates. Our graduates are well-versed in their specialism and great communicators, so they have a place in almost every part of the workforce:
- teaching at national and international institutions,
- banking and human resources,
- legal, literary, at sight, consecutive, technical, economic, financial and commercial, translation,
- interpreting at international organisations such as United Nations, UNESCO and the Red Cross,
- copywriting, editing and proofreading in publishing houses,
- technical writing and research in national and international organisations,
- computational linguistics and
- • education management.