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Department of English

Department of English

Overview

The Department of English, which is staffed by academics with expertise and research accomplishments in fields such as applied linguistics, literary theory, discourse analysis, curriculum design and language teacher education, is primarily dedicated to supporting students develop academic literacy skills. These are students who are majoring in science and engineering disciplines, and for whom English is a second or additional language.

The department is responsible for two core English and Communication courses for Freshmen students: English 111 and English 112. These courses introduce students to academic discourse, engaging them in analysing texts, and producing artefacts such as essays, literature reviews, research proposals and reports. With scaffolding from faculty, this process helps students develop critical thinking, academic writing and research skills. They also develop teamwork capabilities, since they work in groups as well as individually.   

The department also supports postgraduate students in developing technical and scientific writing skills, enabling them to write in more nuanced ways that fulfil expectations for the genres they are working in.

Besides teaching on the courses above, faculty also contribute to electives such as Public Speaking, and Engineering Communication. These courses are for Sophomore, Junior and Senior students.

Faculty are engaged in related pedagogical research, for example regarding teamwork on English and Communication courses, peer tutoring, reading in English for science, the development of critical thinking skills, as well as research in content areas such as language teacher psychology, educational philosophy, and science fiction. 

Details of our core English and Communication courses for Freshmen students are as follows:

ENGLISH 111 focuses on the development of argumentative writing, with each student writing an individual formal, academic research paper. The course will also develop the skills to produce effective persuasive writing. It provides extensive practice in the use and integration of sources and also develops reading, critical thinking and analytical skills.

ENGLISH 112 develops and builds on skills learned in the ENGL 111 course. Students are required to undertake a semester-long collaborative academic, educational or technical project leading to an extensive, full written report and a presentation. Students will also explore communication theories and reflect on them in writing. 

The department hopes to develop two new Masters programs in due course (subject to Board approval), so as to meet the emerging skills needs of the UAE's knowledge economy. 

Program structure

There are 2 core English Communication subjects offered at undergraduate level at Khalifa University. The English Communication subjects (8 credits) are part of the University General Education Requirements (43 credits) and need to be completed by all undergraduate students. Freshmen at Khalifa University would typically take ENG111 in their Semester 1, and ENGL112 in their Semester 2.

English Communication (8 credits).

Course Code

Course Name

Credits

ENGL 111

English Communication I

4 credits

ENGL 112

English Communication II

4 credits

Typical study sequence

Term

Courses

Freshmen Year Semester 1

English Communication I

Freshmen Year Semester 2

English Communication II

 

Academic Faculty

Muna A. Balfaqeeh

Interim Chair - Department of English

02-60-75024

Caroline Anne Brandt

Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Studies 
 
02-60-75388

Anthony Robert Archdeacon

Assistant Professor  

02-501 8306

Nader Ayish

Assistant Professor 
  
02-60- 75392

Dennis Martin Balint

Assistant Professor
 
02-5018514

Curtis David Carbonell

Associate Professor
  
02-5018481

Tanju Deveci

Assistant Professor 
  
02-60-75561

Nicholas Dimmitt

Associate Professor 
  
02-60-75287

Asli A. Hassan

Assistant Professor 
  
02-60-75698 - 02-60-75343

Mary Hatakka

Assistant Professor 
  
02-60-75205

Leila Kucukalic

Assistant Professor

02-5018485

Hwee Ling Lim

Associate Professor 
 
02-60-75324

Jessica Midraj

Assistant professor 
  
02-60-75068

Sevket Benhur Oral

Assistant Professor 

02-60-75426

Mark Wyatt

Assistant professor 

02-60-75694

Lecturers

Robert Craig

Senior Lecturer 
 
02-60-75179

David F. Dalton

Senior Lecturer 
  
02-60-75238

Glenda El Gamal

Senior Lecturer  

02-501 2218

Wael Samir El Sokkary

Lecturer 
  
02-60-75379

Kevin Garvey

Lecturer  
  
02 810 9171

D. John Langille

Senior Lecturer 

02-60-75697

David Moore

Lecturer 
 
02-60-75233

Faculty engage in research in various disciplinary areas that include academic literacy, applied linguistics, cognition, curriculum design, discourse analysis, educational philosophy, educational psychology, engineering education, entrepreneurship, gender studies, human capital development, learning styles, literary studies, science fiction, semiotics, and teacher education. A list of faculty members with their specific research areas is below:

Muna A. Balfaqeeh

  • Critical/ Conversational Discourse Analysis 
  • Language and Gender
  • Developing Students’ Higher Order Thinking Skills in relation to their Academic Performance
  • The Integration of Students’ Learning Styles in Teaching Pedagogy

Anthony Archdeacon

  • Early Modern Literature and Ideas
  • Early Modern Drama
  • Medieval to Renaissance Transitions

Nader Ayish

  • Critical Literacy and Technology
  • Intercultural Communicative Competence
  • Critical Pedagogy and Learning
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Language Barriers related to STEM Education

Caroline Brandt

  • Linguistic Features of Academic Writing (Lexis and Modality / Grammatical Mood in particular)
  • Post-Process Approaches to Teaching Writing
  • Enquiry-based Learning for Development of Academic Language and Skills
  • Constructively-aligned Curriculum Design for Integrating Content and Language Learning
  • Epistemological Beliefs of First-year Students

Curtis D. Carbonell

  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Studies
  • Analog Game Studies
  • Trans-and-Posthumanism
  • Critical Theory, Literary Studies, Third Culture and Popular Culture
  • Science and Technology Studies

Robert Craig

  • Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Outcomes-based Learning

David F. Dalton

  • Research-informed Teaching and Teaching-informed Research
  • Higher Order Reading Skills
  • Technical and Academic Writing
  • Research Writing
  • Engineering Design and Communication

Tanju Deveci

  • Lifelong Learning and Limitless Education
  • Academic Literacy
  • Learning Styles
  • Pragmatics

Nicholas Dimmitt

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Confidence and Student Self-efficacy
  • Experiential Education to Develop Critical Thinking
  • Academic and Business Ethics
  • Teacher Professional Development

Glenda El Gamal

  • Bilingual Education
  • Education Policy
  • Academic Writing for STEM

Wael El Sokkary

  • Engineering Education
  • Applied Linguistics

Kevin Garvey

  • Impacts of Learner Participation on Performance; Students as their Own Co-teachers
  • Cognitive Skills Awareness, Stages of Learning: Factors and Approaches Enabling Inter-related and Extended Abstract Learning
  • Engineering Graduate Students’ Perceptions of either/both Intrinsic and Transfer Value of Teaching / Learning Theory

Asli A. Hassan

  • Developing Students’ Higher Order Thinking Skills
  • Accommodating Different Learning Styles
  • Defining Academic Success Among College Students
  • Promoting Evidence-based Teaching and Learning Practices
  • Fostering Interdisciplinary Curriculum and Learning Pedagogy

Mary Hatakka

  • Developing Academic Literacy Skills
  • Engineering Habits of Mind
  • Critical Thinking

Leila Kucukalic

  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Science Fiction
  • Literature and Science
  • Biotechnology and Culture
  • Semiotics and Teaching

 D. John Langille

  • Reading for Academic Purposes
  • Academic Advising within a University Context
  • The Pedagogy / Technology Interface

Hwee Ling Lim

  • Corrosion Education
  • Engineering Education
  • Human Capital Development

Jessica Midraj

  • Curriculum and Assessment
  • Teacher Education
  • Language Education

Sevket Benhur Oral

  • Educational Theory
  • Educational Philosophy
  • Curriculum Theory, Design and Implementation
  • Project-based Learning
  • Pedagogy of STEAM Learning and Experiential Learning in STEAM

Mark Wyatt

  • Language Teachers’ Self-efficacy Beliefs, Teacher Motivation and Teacher Cognition
  • Reflective Practice, Practitioner Research and Teacher-research-mentoring
  • Task and Project-based Learning
  • In-service Language Teacher Education
  • Teaching Science through English