Department of English Language

Head of Department: Professor Dr. Anis Behnam Naoum Haddad


To seek foster knowledge and a love of literature and language in our students and provide them in all emphasis areas with a coherent curricular framework and relevant, well-structured course choices. The courses teach various literary, analytical, pedagogical, and theoretical skills, enabling students to speak, read, write effectively, think deeply and reflect on what they learned. The department encourages a love of learning and helps students see themselves as professionals, as part of a discipline with skills and abilities valuable in business, teaching, publishing, or postgraduate work or study.


The English Language Department at the Catholic University in Erbil helps students build knowledge of the content and methods of literary studies, English education, and academic, professional, and creative writing. Also, it enables students to become the finest readers and writers of literary texts that they can be. Because those texts, in their infinite variety, take as their subjects fellow humans, histories, and cultures, the university aims, in effect, to equip its students both to read the world and write the future with exclusiveness, insight precision.


The objectives of the Department of English are closely related to those of the Catholic University in Erbil as a whole but also reflect the special nature of our discipline/major and our commitment to literature, language, and the arts.

CUE is committed to the quality of education that the university offers is reflected in our determination to maintain a relatively low student/teacher ratio and to give our students the benefit of direct contact with scholars in the field. Also, to enable our students to read well, write well, and think well, and to provide them with appropriate knowledge in the discipline of English language and literature.

More specifically, we aim to graduate students who have:

  • The reading skills to examine literature from multiple eras, cultures, and genres with critical understanding.
  • The ability to express themselves clearly and comprehensively, orally and in writing.

Job Prospects

English language graduates find opportunities with many different employers. Graduates are employed in diverse fields such as public and private sector organizations, educational institutions, the local, regional, and federal government, financial and legal firms, and voluntary and charitable organizations. English language graduates are employed in various roles, including administration, research, finance, and general management.

Other typical employers include publishing companies, advertising marketing, public relations agencies, and media organizations. The retail, leisure, and tourism sectors also typically recruit English language graduates.


Level Semester No. M Code Module Title ECTS
UGI One 1 EN1101 Grammar 1 5
2 IT1206 Computer Skills 5
3 IR1105 Academic Debate 4
4 IR1106 Kurdish language 4
Kurdistani Studies
5 EN1102 English Phonetics 6
6 EN1103 Listening Comprehension and Guided Conversation 1 6
Semester No. M Code Module Title ECTS
Two 1 EN1201 Reading Comprehension and Precis writing 5
2 EN1202 Introduction to English Literature 5
3 EN1203 Pronunciation in Practice 5
4 EN1204 Grammar 2 5
5 EN1205 Guided Composition 5
6 EN1206 Listening Comprehension and Guided Conversation 2 5
Level Semester No. M Code Module Title ECTS
UGII Three 1 EN2301 Short Story 5
2 EN2302 Grammar 3 5
3 EN2303 Paragraph Writing 5
4 EN2304 Comprehension and vocab 5
5 EN2305 Phonology 5
6 EN2306 French Language ( Level 1) 5
Semester No. M Code Module Title ECTS
Four 1 EN2401 17th, 18th & 19th century Novel 5
2 EN2402 Renaissance Poetry 5
3 EN2403 Psychology 5
4 EN2404 Phonology 5
5 EN2405 French Language ( Level 2) 5
6 EN2406 Elective 5
Level Semester No. M Code Module Title ECTS
UGIII Five 1 EN3501 English Drama from its Origin to 1900 5
2 IR3502 Research Methods 5
3 EN3503 Translation English into Arabic 1 5
4 EN3504 Syntax 1 5
5 EN3505 French Language ( Level 3) 5
6 EN3506 Elective 5
Semester No. M Code Module Title ECTS
Six 1 EN3601 18th & 19th century Poetry 5
2 EN3602 Translation English into Arabic 2 5
3 EN3603 Syntax 2 5
4 EN3604 Teaching Methodologies 5
5 EN3605 History of Language 5
6 EN3606 French Language ( Level 4) 5
Level Semester No. M Code Module Title ECTS
UGIV Seven 1 EN4701 Modern Novel 5
2 EN4702 Modern Poetry 5
3 EN4703 Literary Criticism 5
4 EN4704 Introduction to Linguistics 5
5 EN4705 Discourse Analysis 5
6 EN4706 Translation Arabic into English 1 5
Semester No. M Code Module Title ECTS
Eight 1 EN4801 Modern Drama 4
2 EN4802 Post*Modern Literature 4
3 EN4803 Literary Criticism 4
4 EN4804 General Linguistics 5
5 EN4805 Translation Arabic into English 2 5
6 EN4806 Research Project 8



Elective courses

Semester 4 Paragraph Writing 2 Semester 5 Essay Writing 2
Professional Writing  Business Communication

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