Department of English
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 analyzing 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.
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
|Freshmen Year Semester 1||English Communication I|
|Freshmen Year Semester 2||English Communication II|
Dr. Mark Wyatt
Interim Chair – English Department
Dr. Caroline Anne Brandt
Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Studiesr
Dr. Anthony Robert Archdeacon
Dr. Nader Ayish
Dennis Martin Balint
Dr. Curtis David Carbonell
Dr. Tanju Deveci
Dr. Nicholas Dimmitt
Dr. Asli Hassan
Dr Mary Hattaka
Dr. Lejla Kucukalic
Dr. Hwee Lim
Dr. Jessica Midraj/h4>
Dr Benhur Oral
Dr. Muna A. Balfaqeeh
Dr. Glenda El Gamal
Wael Samir Al Sokary
D. John Langille
Dr. Mark Dressman
Chair – Professor
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:
|Faculty Member||Research / Publication Areas|
|Dr. Muna A. Balfaqeeh||
|Dr. Anthony Archdeacon||
|Dr. Nader Ayish||
|Dr. Caroline Brandt||
|Dr. Curtis D. Carbonell||
|David F. Dalton||
|Dr. Tanju Deveci||
|Dr. Nicholas Dimmitt||
|Dr. Glenda El Gamal||
|Wael El Sokkary||
|Dr. Asli A. Hassan||
|Dr. Mary Hatakka||
|Dr. Leila Kucukalic||
|Donald John Langille||
|Dr. Hwee Ling Lim||
|Dr. Jessica Midraj||
|Dr. Sevket Benhur Oral||
|Dr. Mark Wyatt||