About

The College of Languages – University of Duhok

1. History

The College of Languages – University of Duhok- Has beenformally established in 2016 when the English department, the translation department and the Kurdish department were separated from the College of Human Sciences to form the cornerstone of the new College of Languages. However, the actual date of the establishment of its current departments goesback to earlier times. In 1994, the department of Kurdish was introduced in the college of Arts, and in the following year, the department of English Language and Literature was established,while the department of Translation was introduced in 2010. The aim of the college is to teach English and Kurdish languages, and to graduate qualified students in the fields of translation, interpretation and teaching. The college, however, assumes as its future task expanding the spectrum of the languages it teaches to include several of the most common living international and local languages. In 2017, the college of languages started an MA TESOL program to satisfy the increasing need to qualified teachers of English as a foreign language in the University of Duhok. Finally, the college of languages has a center for teaching English as a foreign language that provides intensive English Programs with the purpose of preparing students intending to enter degree programs at the university of Duhok.

 

11. Vision

Studying foreign languages is a gateway to understanding the diversity of the world. 

 

111. Mission

The mission of the Language programs in the College of Languages is to provide students with a rigorous program wherein they perfect their abilities to communicate in the languages they study, to create and sustain an intellectually challenging and diverse academic environment through excellent teaching. In today's global economy the demand for language skills continues to grow as governments, businesses and organizations build relationships that are increasingly international ; therefore, as college, we dedicate ourselves to fostering students’ progress in the four skill areas — reading, writing, speaking, listening, and through a series of courses which include language, linguistics, literature, translation and pedagogy, and through extra-curricular activities, we prepare students for entrance into the global work force.

 

1V.  Goals and Objectives 

The department strives to fulfill its mission by pursuing the following goals. Within each

area, students should:

• Be familiar with a variety of linguistic principles in both the target language and their own.

• Make and formulate linguistic judgments.

• Understand the major literary movements of the target culture.

• Demonstrate reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in the target language.

• Think critically, analytically and objectively.

• Use computers effectively for a variety of purposes.

• Respect diversity among cultures and within any given culture.

 

V.  Programs:

• Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English Language and Literature

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Kurdish Language and Literature

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Translation

 

• Graduate Programs

Master of Arts (M.A.) TESOL

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Linguistics

The courses offered for Bachelor of Arts candidates in English, Kurdish and Translation qualifies graduates for a variety of employment opportunities. Possible industries include, but aren't limited to, media, business, public relations, translation and communications, while others enter the fields of education and journalism. The M.A. programs in English language, translation and Kurdish language qualifies students for various career options. Those graduates can pursue an academic career by applying for a Ph.D. program in Linguistics and Translation, or they can use their linguistic and analytical skills for a non-academic career in fields related to language and communication. M.A. holders are able to work on linguistic topics at an academic level, they learn to abstract and synthesize information, to evaluate explanations critically, and are competent in the planning and execution of research and project work. With these abilities they are qualified for positions, among others, in teaching Institutions, translation agencies, and journalism.

 

 V1. Departments

1. The Department of English Language and Literature

In times of growing language internationalization, the department of English seeks to advance foreign language proficiency and cross-cultural competence. Speaking a foreign language is a privilege for the speakers; there are great opportunities for those who know a foreign language. Nowadays, the demand for language professionals is immense in every aspect of life, including public service, media and communication, travel and tourism,  science and technology, and research and education, to name only a few. Therefore, a BA degree in English language provides solid language skills and intercultural abilities that are much needed in all these fields. It also prepares teachers of English as a foreign language at secondary, and high school levels, as well as researchers and scholars at the academic circle of the university.

The English department was founded in 1994 as part of the College of Arts. It began as a small department with very limited capacities. But in the course of time, the department grew bigger and the number of faculty members and students increased substantially. Today, the English Department has 28 teachers: 6 PhD, and 22 MA holders. It has graduated hundreds of undergraduate students since 1996, and tens of postgraduate students since 2007 when the MA programmewas first started.

Recently, in 2016, the English department has become affiliated to the newly- established College of Languages. Below is a brief description of the focus, aims and objectives, vision and mission statements of the English Department, College of Languages, University of Duhok.

 

•​Focus of study:

    -   Undergraduate: English Language, Linguistics and Literature

    -   Postgraduate: Masters in Linguistics, and TESOL.

 

•​Duration of study

-Undergraduate: 4 years (morning and evening classes)

    -Postgraduate: 2 years

•​Department aims and objectives

- To enhance and encourage continual professional development of the faculty.                     - -To provide a curriculum that serves the needs of all emphasis areas in the department.          - To develop the students’ communication skills and mastery of the English language.            - To foster the students’ ability to read closely, think critically, and write persuasively through the disciplined study of English language and literature.                                                  - To train the students to conduct correct linguistic and/or literary research by finding and using sources in the library, on the internet, and in the field.

 

•​The Vision of the English Department

We seek to foster knowledge and a love of language and literature in our students. To this end we

- provide students with a coherent curricular framework and relevant, well-structured courses.                                                                                              

- teach a variety of linguistic and literary analytical, pedagogical, and theoretical skills.                                                                                                      -  teach students to speak, read, and write effectively.                                                               - encourage students to think deeply and to reflect on what they have learned.                                                                                                                        - encourage a love of, and an appreciation for learning and education.

       As teachers at the English Department, we also seek

- to welcome the responsibility for always placing quality as the most important   goal in all activities.

- to foster a climate of trust, peace and understanding that enhances the learning experience for all students.

- to cherish and constantly renew team spirit and supportive attitude among all members of the English department family.

 

•​The Mission Statement of the English Department

- To build and foster language competency in students.

- To develop critical thinking and cultural awareness through foreign language learning.

- To acquaint students with English literature on the understanding that literature is employed for the sake of building language skills.

 

• Curriculum and Credits

 

First Year-Semester 1

Credits

Subjects

6

English Grammar 1  

6

Listening and Speaking 1

6

Reading and Writing 1

6

Histort of the English Language

2

Academic Debate (in English)  

2

Computer Skills (in English)

2

Kurdistani Studies (in English)

30

Total

 

First Year-Semester 2

Credits

Subjects

6

English Grammar 2  

6

Listening and Speaking 2

6

Reading and Writing 2

6

 

2

Critical Thinking (in English)

2

Computer Skills (in English)

2

Human Rights (in English)

30

Total

 

Second Year

Credits

Subjects

6

English Grammar  

8

Listening and Speaking

8

Reading and Writing

4

Poetry

4

Novel  

4

Drama

 

 

34

Total 

 

Third Year

Credits

Subjects

6

Pedagogical Grammar

4

Academic Writing

4

Linguistics

4

Translation

2

Critical Thinking

6

British Literature

6

American Literature

6

World Literature

38

Total

 

Fourth Year

Credits

Subjects

6

Syntax

8

Topics in Literature

4

Criticism

4

Linguistics

4

Translation

4

Methods of Teaching

2

Graduation Research

32

Total

 

2. Department of Translation, College of Languages, University of Duhok

I. Mission statement

Translation Department strives to offer internationally recognized undergraduate/ postgraduate programs in English Language and Translation. The programs basically try to foster in BA, MA, and PHD students an interest in theories of translation, approaches to translation, types of translation, and interpretation. These programs incorporate courses in linguistics and modern English literature. They also develop student's language (both native and foreign), critical thinking, critical analysis, and academic research skills.

    II. Vision

To ensure the graduation of competent translators and interpreters that contribute to the intellectual development of the society, the enhancement of intercultural communication, and meeting the needs of the labor market in aspects pertaining to foreign language issues.

III. Goals and Objectives

Upon completing the designed courses, the graduates will be able to do the following:

1- Bridge the gap between their native cultures and foreign cultures.

2- Master the basic academic skills needed in doing communicative, semantic, journalistic, literary, scientific, at sight, consecutive, etc. translation and interpretation.

3- Get acquainted with different concepts related to the levels of linguistic analysis of modern English language.

4- Develop their spoken and written language skills as well as translation and interpretation skills and techniques.

5- Conduct researches that meet the academic standards.

Syllabus of the Department of Translation, College of Languages, University of Duhok / 2019-2020

First Year-Semester 1

Credits

Hours

Subjects

6

3

English Grammar 1  

6

3

Listening and Speaking 1

6

3

Reading and Writing 1

6

3

Principles of Translation 1

2

2

Academic Debate (in English)

2

2

Computer Skills (in English)

2

2

Kurdistani Studies (in English)

30

18

Total

 

First Year-Semester 2

 

 

 

Credits

Hours

Subject

6

3

English Grammar 2  

6

3

Listening and Speaking 2

6

3

Reading and Writing 2

6

3

Principles of Translation 2

2

2

Critical Thinking (in English)

2

2

Computer Skills (in English)

2

2

Human Rights (in English)

30

18

Total

 

 

 

 

 

​Second Year

Credits

Hours

Subjects

6

3

Journalistic and Scientific Translation into Kurdish or Arabic

6

3

Journalistic and Scientific Translation into English

4

2

Sight Translation

6

3

English Grammar

6

3

Listening and Speaking

6

3

Reading and Writing

4

2

English Literature

4

2

Kurdish

42

21

Total

 

Third Year

Credits

Hours

Subjects

6

3

Economic & Commercial  Translation into Kurdish or Arabic

6

3

Economic & Commercial Translation into English

6

3

Consecutive Interpreting

6

3

Contrastive Grammar

6

3

Linguistics

4

2

French

34

17

Total

 

Fourth Year

Credits

Hours

Subjects

8

4

Literary Translation

8

4

Legal Translation

6

3

Simultaneous Interpreting

4

2

Theories of Translation

4

2

French

2

1

Translation Project

32

16

Total

 

3. Department of Kurdish language

• About The Department:

  The aim of the Kurdish department is to promote the study of the Kurdish language and culture through courses in language, and literature. The duration of the study is four years. The student is then granted a bachelor's degree in Kurdish language and literature. The Kurdish language department was established in the Faculty of Arts, University of Duhok in 1993-1994. Today, the English Department has 35 teachers: 7 PhD, and 22 MA holders. It has graduated hundreds of undergraduate students. Graduates from this department are qualified for positions, among others, in teaching Institutions, translation agencies, and journalism.

• Mission statement:

  The mission of the Department of Kurdish, UoD.  may be summarized as:

-To maintain and develop the means to preserve the classic oriental values of Kurdish literature.

-to provide high-quality, proficiency-oriented Kurdish language instruction, at all            levels, to students of different interests, backgrounds and careers.  

-To promote specialized research in different spheres ofKurdish language and literature.

• Vision: 

raising students’ adequacy in Kurdish language to meet the local community’s needs and provide it with the competencies through modern education, which is based on integrated education and extracurricular activities.

 

• Objectives:

   The main objective of this section is to prepare students for linguistic abilities and expand their cultural and literary horizons in the field of Kurdish language and literature in order to continue and develop the study process, activate the scientific movement on academic grounds, and develop the cultural level of students and develop cognitive horizons. Especially in important areas related to Kurdish heritage and culture.

 

• Programs:

•​Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Kurdish Language and Literature

     •​Graduate Programs

- Master of Arts (M.A.) in Kurdish Language

- Master of Arts (M.A.) in Kurdish Literature

- PhD  in Kurdish Language

                                        First Year-Semester 1

Credits

Hours

Subject

4

2

Phonetics

6

3

Introduction to language

6

3

Folklore Literature

4

2

English language

4

2

methods of research

4

2

Literary Texts

2

2

Accademic Debate

30

16

Total 

                              First Year-Semester 2

Credits

Hours

Subject

4

2

phonology

6

3

grammar

6

3

popular Literature

4

2

English language

4

2

Library

4

2

prose

2

2

Computer

30

16

Total

 

 

  

Second Year                                                    

Credits

Hours

Subject

6

3

Rhyme and Rhythm

4

2

Ancient  Literature

4

2

Literary Methods

4

2

Literature Theory

4

2

Morphology

4

2

Lexicology

4

2

Dialectology

4

2

Kurdish Culture

4

2

Arabic

38

19

Total

 

Third Year

Credits

Hours

Subject

6

3

Modern literature

6

3

Theories of criticism

6

3

Literary Stylistics

6

3

Syntax

4

2

Theortical Linguistics

4

2

Theories of Language

4

2

Persian Language

36

18

Total

 

      ​Fourth Year                          

Credits

Hours

Subject

6

3

Contemporary Literature

6

3

Comparative Literature

6

3

Practical Criticism

6

3

Semantics

6

3

Linguistics

4

2

Persian

4

2

Translation

2

1

Research project

40

20

Total

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