The English Department offers foundation and elective courses in literature, applied linguistics and communication. Foundation courses are designed to equip students with basic knowledge, whereas elective courses focus on specialised studies in literature and linguistics and emphasise critical, analytical and interpretative skills.
The literature programme covers: introduction to literary studies, introduction to world literatures in English, English literature from the Renaissance to the contemporary period, introduction to comparative literature, topics in various literary genres and periods, issues in literary criticism, study of major writers (e.g., Shakespeare), gender and literature, children’s literature, creative writing and more.
The linguistics programme includes: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, discourse analysis, English language teaching and learning and intercultural communication.
The dual purpose of the communication courses is to strengthen students’ ability to express themselves in English and to provide them with critical thinking, speaking and writing experience that will be important in their future lives and careers.
The three areas of literature, linguistics and communication complement one another in producing graduates who are able to think critically, creatively and independently and who are highly proficient in the global language of English.