College of Art

Department of English Language Teaching

BA in English Language



The Department of English Language provides students with thorough knowledge of English Language and literature, the science behind language acquisition, effective teaching methods, in addition to processing and communication. Students will be engaged with theories of how language works as well as hands-on analysis of linguistic data. The challenging integration of theory and practice will enable them to become a uniquely-skilled analytical thinkers and problem-solver.



The aspiration of the DENL is to be among the region’s premier English Language programs for undergraduates. The Department also 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 him/her for success in their career to serve their communities. DENL 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 they are 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.



·         The Department of English Language at Knowledge University helps students build knowledge of the content and methods of language teaching, literary studies, TESOL, and academic, professional, and creative writing. It also provides General Education courses in Communication, Humanities and Ethical Citizenship. It also aims at developing proficiency in critical and analytical thinking and empowering 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 Department’s policies and its reading- and writing-intensive curriculum demonstrate our commitment to the quality of Education.

Job prospects

The Department’s graduates will be able to use the English Language in effective communication, critical thinking and project management; skills that are central to most careers. The following areas are the popular career opportunities and job prospects for graduates: 

· Teaching

· Publishing

· Broadcasting and journalism

· Local government and public service

· Business, finance and accountancy

· Translation and interpreting

· Marketing and communications


Core Courses (C)

The English Language 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 basics of English Language acquisition is one of the core courses students take to know the major theoretical and analytical approaches of learning the language. Introduction to pronunciation and literature are available as well to declare English majors, which are required   in the first or second year. Other core course will be related to basic skills of the English language; Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

Core Courses: Theory (B)

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)

Relevance courses are historical watersheds related to different subjects in the syllabus; the pioneering teaching methods and educational strategies used throughout the literature, the genesis of linguistic and literary movements will form the completing parts of the whole picture of the English language. By the time you have finished the historical sequence, you will have a good sense of what questions to ask and what contexts to research when you read any text.

Electives Courses (E)

Some people use the electives to explore a broader array of topics in the DENL program. Elective subjects could be subjects in the fields of art, culture, history, languages, communications, religion or philosophy.


 Research Project

There are several options available for completing the research project requirement. The research project class 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. 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.  

Skills Development

DENL graduate students are expected to:

·        Be totally familiar with teaching methods and demonstrate the ability to teach English to speakers of other languages.

·        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 utilize 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. 


To be granted the Bachelor Degree in English Language, students are required to successfully complete the following programme requirements:

·         Acquire general program and course-specific learning outcomes

·         Acquire optional course learning outcomes

·         Prepare and defend the Bachelor’s research paper

The Module Assessment of the DENL is as follows:

·        Quizzes

·        Assignments

·        Projects

·        Midterm Exam

·        Final Exam

Admission Criteria

·        Secondary school certificate, attained within the last five years and with a general high school score of 60% and above.

·        Institute certificate (Diploma Five years) with a general high school score of 60% and above.


Contact Information

Note: For Academic Year 2020-21 applications, please email or call: 0750 3000 600 - 0750 3000 700 - 0750 3000800 or visit KNU Registry Office through these contact Information 

Tuition Fee

IQD 2.600.000 per year