Department of English Language (DENL)

Studying English Language and Linguistics will enable you to discover the changing shape of English over time and space, and the science behind language acquisition, processing and communication.

You’ll engage with theories of how language works as well as hands-on analysis of linguistic data. The challenging integration of theory and practice will enable you to become a uniquely-skilled analytical thinker and problem-solver. Your knowledge and understanding of how a language works and how we communicate, and the skills you will develop along the way, will give you a solid foundation for a wide range of careers. The course enables you to;

  • examine spoken and written data to understand how language works, 
  • apply tools from core areas of linguistics, including syntax, phonetics and phonology, and semantics. 
  • apply your knowledge and skills in linguistics to different domains of language study including psycholinguistics, language acquisition, sociolinguistics, language variation and change, the language in interaction, the history of English, and forensic speech science.

By engaging with DELT program at KNU you immerse yourself in English and learn to analyse the language in different ways through attention to subjects like syntax, meaning rules governing sentence structure, semantics to deal with meanings of words and phrases, pragmatics to understand meanings of sentences in context, and prosody the foundation melody of speech. Study the different ways that English is acquired, and how different aspects of the language are used in communication. Explore the earlier stages of English and how and why the language has changed over the course of time.

The focus is on building your foundation knowledge. You gain a grounding in the basic vocabulary and concepts of traditional grammar, which form the bedrock of your future study of the English language. Then the modern language comes in context by exploring where it came from and why it is the way it is today. Throughout the year, you learn core skills in linguistics that complement your English Language studies.

At DELT we strive to;

  1. teach students to apply core analytic knowledge to new types of English language and linguistic data. 
  2. teach students to deepen their theoretical knowledge in the core areas of linguistics topics such as core areas of phonetics and phonology, language variation and change, syntax, semantics, interaction, and psycholinguistics.
  3. teach students to become proficient in all aspects of managing small-scale language analysis projects, from identifying research questions to communicating your findings. 

DELT Vision Statement:

The aspiration of the DELT is to be among the region’s premier teaching English Language programs for undergraduates. Also, DELT envisions to build the student's personality from several aspects in an integrated manner to be a distinguished graduate of this department at all levels and has an academic and professional ability which qualifies them for success in their career to serve their communities. DELT vision is; 

  • to provide appropriate pedagogies - including class size - and environments (classrooms, equipment, resources, and technology) that will lead to student retention and success as well as an increase in the number of majors and minors.
  • to help students see themselves as professionals, as part of a discipline with skills and abilities valuable in the business, teaching, publishing, or post-graduate work.
  • to give students a sense of themselves as citizens of a larger community by encouraging participation in service learning and in diverse and international course work and programming.
  • to assure that students encounter creativity crucial to English studies through readings by professional writers, and their own creative and critical production and presentation.
  • to balance the needs of general education - communication, diversity, global perspectives, interdisciplinary studies - with those of the major.

DELT Mission Statement:

The Department of English Language (DELT) at Knowledge University helps students build knowledge of the content and methods of literary studies, TESOL, English education, and academic, professional, and creative writing. It also provides General Education courses in Communication, Humanities and Diversity, and Ethical Citizenship, nonetheless, developing proficiency in critical and analytical thinking. Empower students to become full participants in the university community through excellent instruction in language, cultural awareness, and study skills.

In addition, our academic staff is committed to an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge, evident in their involvement in programs such as Ethnic Studies, Women's Studies, Film Studies, International Studies, and Environmental Studies. Our graduates are well prepared for professional and graduate study and for lifelong learning. They pursue careers in education, research, business, law, government, and publishing. The DELT's policies and its reading- and writing-intensive curriculum demonstrate our commitment to the quality of Education.

Program Educational Objectives:

In this program, based on inputs collected from the stakeholders, we have developed the following Programme Educational Objectives in order to be achieved by the graduates several years after graduation:

  • PEO1 – Graduate from DELT who has character and ethics, as well as high professionalism and contributes to the National Aspirations.
  • PEO2 – Graduate who is competent in respective practices that meets current and future needs.
  • PEO3 – Graduate who has creative and innovative, entrepreneurial and leadership qualities that are glocal that can make a difference in their working environment.

Program Learning Outcomes:

DELT graduate students are expected to:

  • attain a high competency level in the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • attain a profound knowledge and understanding of the structure and usage of the English language, including its history, structure, contemporary use, and development as a global language.
  • attain the ability to apply critical reading and thinking skills to read, interpret, and analyse texts.
  • attain the ability to write various types of high-quality essays and research papers and use critical thinking skills.
  • attain the ability to think and reason critically, to evaluate evidence and argumentation, and to form a critical judgment of one's own work as well as the work of others.
  • attain in-depth knowledge of the translation theory, principles and techniques; and apply translation skills to a variety of texts.
  • attain an ability to translate texts of various registers (legal, financial, literary, etc.) from Kurdish, Arabic to English and vice versa and utilise translation various software programs in the translation process.
  • attain the ability to work as consecutive interpreters and demonstrate the use of note-taking techniques, shorthand conventions, consecutive interpreting strategies and professional ethics. 
  • show familiarity with teaching methods and demonstrate the ability to teach English to speakers of other languages.

Beneficial Skills for DELT Program

Many skills are helpful when beginning an education in DELT. In particular, if you are a good reader, writer and curious about language in general. You enjoy movies, plays and poetry and you share quality talk and debate with your friends then you will be able to make use of these qualities when you study at our department. 

Analytical Skills

Being a student of DELT teaches you the research tools, critical processes and analytical skills necessary for advanced study in diverse fields. Studying English Language and Literature, therefore, develops a wide range of transferable skills, which are important in many career fields. Understanding and analysis of issues can be applied in many other fields of work.  Analytical and critical thinking skills help you to evaluate the problem and to make decisions. A logical and methodical approach is best in some circumstances: for example, you will need to be able to draw on your academic or subject knowledge to identify solutions of a practical or technical nature. In other situations, using creativity or lateral thinking will be necessary to come up with ideas for resolving the problem and find fresh approaches.

Communication Skill

The modern economy is a global one and increasingly companies across the world need staff with a high level of communication skills. In DELT you will work in pairs or groups under the teacher’s guidance to develop your full communicative potential in the language. You will also have the opportunity to experiment with different types of language for different contexts, both formal and informal. In addition, you will learn to express your interests and opinions, use everyday social expressions correctly and the natural pauses of English spontaneously. You will develop strategies to make your conversation more fluent and natural while gaining confidence when speaking and writing in English. Speak, practice, improve your pronunciation and intonation and communicate in English with confidence as we go alone.

Language of Instruction:

The language of instruction at the DELT is English for all courses, except the “Kurdistan Studies” course where the language of study is Kurdish.

Study methods:

The DELT is following a semester based system implementing the Bologna Process. The method of study depends on lectures, reports, study groups, presentation and laboratory, practical sessions. Students will be taught in different ways, from the classroom to individual or small-group reflection. Our different teaching formats equip you to be an effective independent learner. The assessment is achieved via class workloads, mid-term exams, final exams, essays and reports. Students on the course will be spending time on independent study which includes preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

In the first year of your English Language and Culture Bachelor's programme, tuition will be in the form of lectures and tutorials:

  • Lectures are a way of getting an overview of a large amount of information in a short amount of time; you and your fellow students will be listening to an expert in the field.
  • Tutorials give you a chance to actively engage with historical issues yourself. You may have to give a presentation or discuss a topic amongst yourselves or work on an assignment. There are plenty of opportunities for interaction and for asking questions.


The duration of the study at the DELT is 4 Academic years of full-time studies. Normally an academic year starts in the first week of September to the end of June next year.

Program Course Modules taught at the Department:

A bachelor's degree from DELT programs educates students fully in written and verbal elements of the English language, from creative writing to speech analysis. The following link provides a full list of Course Modules provided at this department. Each course has a standard course module code which is hyperlinked to its dedicated website for full details information on that particular course. Please note that on each course modules website you will also be directed to the Academic Profile of the lecturer providing the course.

Course Modules

Core Courses (C)

The English Department’s required core courses introduce you to a body of knowledge and fundamental skills that are essential for you to master if you are to flourish as a reader, writer, and critic. After taking a basic set of courses with your classmates, you should find yourself able to reflect in common with them on the enterprise of interpretation and expression, even as you pursue your particular interests and passions through elective course work.

An introduction to the study of literature through reading and discussion of major methodologies, analytical approaches, and perspectives in literary study. Available only to declared English majors, who are required to take it in the first or second year.

Core Courses: Theory (B)

Literary texts emerge from particular historical circumstances, they are influenced by earlier texts, and, if they are sufficiently strong, they change the literary tradition in which they are produced. That’s why our sequence of Historical Courses (English 10, 11, and 12) introduces you to some of the most important developments of English and American literature from its origins to the present.

Our methodology requirements, Poetry and Poetics and Narrative and Narrative Theory, introduce you to some of the most important interpretive methods we use to bring literary texts to life. First, you learn about poems as formal artifacts that tell their own history of human expression. Secondly, you learn to think about storytelling from a technical perspective. What is it? How does it work? How has it changed over time? In addition, a "Writing Intensive Seminar in English" course will introduce you to a range of critical methods, while offering a writing-intensive experience in a small seminar environment.

Relevance Courses (R)

Historical watersheds such as the invention of printing, the Protestant Reformation, the expansion of the British Empire, the Great War, and the creation of the internet; the rise and fall of genres such as romance, epic, and the novel; the genesis of literary movements such as Humanism, Romanticism and Modernism -- all this and more is part of the story of English literature. By the time you have finished the historical sequence, you should have a good sense of what questions to ask yourself–and what contexts to research–when you read any text, from a Renaissance sonnet to a contemporary science fiction novel.

Electives Courses (E)

Some people use the electives to explore a broader array of topics in the DELT program. Part of your programme comprises elective subjects. Some of this you will fill with subjects in the fields of art, culture, history, languages, communications, religion or philosophy. Check out a DELT program sheet for the full list of available classes.

Research Project / Writing in DELT

There are several options available for completing the research project requirement. The research project class, KNURPC, is the most common way for our students to use their skills and provide a piece of writing that reveals the intake of their education at DBAD. In this class, students work in teams to build a significant programming application, learning strategies for software design and engineering. At the end of the class, students demo their projects in front of the other students, course staff, and representatives from many local businesses and companies. The know-how of preparing your writing is provided in Knowledge University (KNU) 4th Year Students' Final Research Project (Please click to view the document).

Throughout the engagement with your research project, you will have regular meetings with your appointed supervisor. These meetings are designed to guide you with your project and make sure you fulfil the requirement of the work. Your supervisor and you are responsible to keep a record of your meeting and monitor your progress. There is a standard KNU supervision form which you can print and fill in here for every individual meeting. (Click to view)

⤷ Course Modules taught at DELT for the academic year 2020-2021 onward (Click to view)

Career Opportunities

KNU graduates’ knowledge and skills embody principles which are effective communication, critical thinking and project management skills are central to most careers. The study of language and linguistics at KNU equips you with these skills and others, which translate readily into any work context. Apart from your knowledge of linguistics, you will leave with the confidence and skills that come from successfully completing a demanding course and participating fully in university life. Nevertheless, the following areas are the popular career opportunity for a graduate from DELT, such as; 

  • marketing and communications
  • publishing
  • broadcasting and journalism
  • local government and public service
  • business, finance and accountancy
  • teaching
  • translation and interpreting
  • IT and software development

Lifelong Learning

Graduating from DELT is just the start to a lifelong experience where the English language proficiency can become a real resource for your life at all levels. Continuing education is widely available to fit various needs of your future personal and professional engagements. Your writing skills and targeting specific skills you need for a particular social or professional network will widen your resources and empower you to expand your limits.

Qualification Requirements:

In order to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Translation, a student must successfully complete the following programme requirements:

Academic Staff

  • Dr. Nabil Ali Al-Jabouri
  • Dr. Khamis Khalaf muhammad
  • Dr. Esbah Shakir Abdullah
  • Dr. Ibrahim Ahmad Shwan
  • Mr. Mohammad Kiani 
  • Miss. Bekhal Baiyz Kareem 
  • Mr. Shivan Maolood 

Contact Information

You can visit or communicate with our department via one of these methods,


  • Department of English Language Teaching (DELT)
    College of Education (CEDU)
    ​Knowledge University (KNU)
    Kirkuk Road, Erbil EBL 446015
    Kurdistan Region of Iraq
  • Tel/Mobile: +964 (0) xxxxxxxx
  • Email:
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About Knowledge University

Knowledge University (KNU) is a private university located in the city of ErbilKurdistan Region of Iraq. KNU provides diverse higher education, research and consultancy to all its students via such programs as Engineering, Science, Law, Business, Economy and Teacher Education. KNU is also renowned for maintaining one of the best quality campuses in Iraq with green, sustainable program objectives and outcomes throughout its activities. KNU encourages its academic community to seek knowledge, affirm skills and ensure excellence in their academic and professional achievements. KNU intends to expand its program and become a leading educational institute of science and humanities with e-Smart academic community.

Please visit our campus on your next visit to Erbil, the hub and capital city of Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Department of English Language