Bachelor of Arts in English Language & Literature



Major Required: 19 Courses (57 Credits - 114 ECTS)

Explores the field of linguistics, and serves as a general introduction to the nature, history and use of human language, speech and writing with a focus on English. During the semester, students will investigate the basic theories and methods of the different areas of linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Topics include the intricate rule systems that govern language, the similarities and differences among languages, and how spoken language relates to written language. Pre-requisites: GE105. Co-requisites: GE106. Credits: 3
Examines the structure of present-day English, and builds on the knowledge of syntax gained in ENG200. Though the term "grammar" is commonly used to refer to the prescriptive language rules, in this class the term is used to refer to the linguistic knowledge that speakers of a language share. The primary goal of this course is to make explicit the conventions native speakers of English know implicitly. It is designed to provide coverage of the major constructions of the different dialects of the English language. The course is designed to give students the tools needed to understand and discuss modern English grammar. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, ENG200. Credits: 3
This course takes as point of departure a view of discourse as social action. Students will engage in the description and interpretation of spoken and written language in use in various settings: political contexts; the media, including advertising and social media; computer mediated communication; professional discourses - academic, health communication and business discourses. Topics to be explored will include genres and discourses; intertextuality and interdiscursivity; construction of identities; language, power and ideology; analysis of narratives; contrastive discourse analysis. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, ENG200. Credits: 3
Introduces students to psycholinguistics: the study of the relationship between language and the processes of brain and mind. The course covers key issues in the field such as the biological bases of language, speech perception, the lexicon, sentence processing, speech production and language acquisition. Students also examine the methods used in psycholinguistic research in order to interpret the types of results these methods have uncovered. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, ENG200. Credits: 3
Looks at language as a social phenomenon and studies the impact of variables such as cultural norms, regional origin, ethnicity, gender, social class and education on the way language is used. Students examine current topics in cross-cultural communication, bilingualism and code-switching, multilingual societies, and the widespread use of English as a Lingua Franca. The course also introduces students to the areas of language policy and language planning and addresses the educational implications of sociolinguistic diversity. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, ENG200. Credits: 3
Explores the pragmatic aspects of communication i.e. how the interaction between language and context influences meaning; pragmatics deals with the question of how meaning is shaped by extra textual factors such as the cultural setting, the situational context and the role of participants. Particular emphasis is given to pragmatic phenomena such as deixis, speech acts, conversational implicature and politeness. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, ENG200. Credits: 3
Introduces students to literature by providing a broad overview of the three major genres: the short story, poetry, and drama, with some exposure to critical theory; discusses the elements of fiction, poetry and drama, such the role of setting, character, plot, theme, style, imagery, symbolism, metaphors, and tone in fiction and poetry, and the differences between ancient Greek and Shakespearean theatre. Students are introduced to representative texts and the historical/cultural contexts that produced them. Prerequisites: GE105. Co-requisites: GE106. Credits: 3
Explores four major plays by William Shakespeare; "Hamlet", "Macbeth", "Romeo and Juliet" and "A Midsummer's Night's Dream", as well as several of his sonnets in the context of the English Renaissance. Attention is given to the use of language--puns, metaphors, and hidden meanings--in the plays and the poems. Classroom analysis focuses on key elements of Shakespeare's artistry, particularly the choice of setting in "Macbeth" and "Midsummer Night's Dream", the ghost scenes in "Macbeth" and "Hamlet", and the plays-within-the-plays in "Hamlet" and "Midsummer Night's Dream". The developing role of English theatre in general is explored. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, ENG220. Credits: 3
Surveys key texts in the American canon beginning with William Bradford, John Winthrop and Anne Bradstreet as well as Native American creation myths. A timeline of developments in nation-building and its literature from the Puritans and Native Americans through to the American Enlightenment and Renaissance will be explored, up through to contemporary American voices that address multicultural, racial and ethnic concerns regarding identity and belonging. Discussion will include the works of Emerson, Hawthorne, Wheatley, Jefferson, Lincoln, Jacobs, Hurston, Far and Alexei, among others. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, ENG220. Credits: 3
Provides intensive study of the novel as a literary form based on close readings of representative texts from the 19th century to the present. Emphasis is given to the analysis of narrative, temporality, memory, voice and the status of the subject. The course analyses how economic and social influences (modern city, industrialism, transportation etc) as well as developments in the sciences (Darwin) influenced the 19th century novel (Dickens, Bronte, James, Hardy, G. Eliot). Aesthetic and cultural stakes are explored in radically varied constructions of modernity (Woolf, Joyce, Conrad, Lawrence, Rushdie). Finally, questions are addressed that relate to the colonial legacy and the globalized and "post-national" identities in the post-war novel. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, ENG220. Credits: 3
(capstone course for all BAELL majors - Students have the option of doing two Practicum courses if they wish; i.e. A BAELL degree candidate may choose to complete a TESOL Practicum course, and a Practicum in either Linguistics or Literature which would count for two culminating projects in two areas of specialization).

ENG410a-PRACTICUM I (Literature)

Aims to guide students in their final written projects; the instructor oversees the research methodologies applied to the student's extended essay. "Literary Critical Analysis" will have introduced students to the various theories and theoretical practices which they can choose to apply to this culminating assignment. The areas in which students may focus their essay include theatre, comparative literature, American studies, poetry, and translation. Prerequisites for Literature strand: GE105, GE106, ENG200, ENG201, ENG202, ENG203, ENG221, ENG320, ENG321, ENG420, ENG421, PSY200, ENG310, ENG311. Co-requisite: ENG300, ENG301. Credits: 3 term hours.

ENG410b-PRACTICUM I (Linguistics)

Aims to help students carry out a research project in an agreed upon area of linguistics and to further pursue their interest on a specific topic. Students draft research proposals, and through interactive lectures, class discussions and presentations, peer-reviews and individual supervision students build on skills necessary for the undertaking and completion of their research projects. Topics covered include: formulation of research questions, methodology, data collection, data analysis and critical reviews of the literature. Prerequisites for Linguistics strand: GE105, GE106, ENG200, ENG201, ENG202, ENG203, ENG220, ENG300, ENG301, PSY200, ENG310, ENG311, ENG421. Co-requisite: ENG221, ENG 320, ENG321, ENG420


Aims to help students put into practice the theoretical aspects of language teaching, which they have been exposed to in ENG 310 “Introduction to Methodology” and ENG311 “Advanced Methodology”. Students carry out guided classroom observation and analyze materials and techniques from these classroom situations. Students also prepare lesson plans and obtain detailed feedback on their real-life classroom teaching experience. Prerequisite for TESOL strand: GE105, GE106, ENG200, ENG201, ENG202, ENG203, ENG220, PSY200, ENG300, ENG301, ENG310, ENG311. Co-requisite: ENG221, ENG320, ENG420

This course is an introduction to literary and cultural theory and to some of the main questions that have triggered theoretical discussion around the study of arts and literature since the late 19th century. These include questions about the nature of art and literature, meaning, subjectivity and culture. Major movements of literary theory will be explored including: Formalism, Practical and New Criticism, Reader-Response Theory, Structuralism, Psychoanalysis, Colonial literature, Marxism and feminism. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, ENG200, ENG220, ENG221. Credits: 3
This course is an introduction to literary and cultural theory and to some of the main questions that have triggered theoretical discussion around the study of arts and literature since the late 19th century. These include questions about the nature of art and literature, meaning, subjectivity and culture. Literary Theory II in troduces students to poststructural and postmodern thought and emphasises on current theoretical debates from Queer theory and Postcolonialism to Ecocriticism. Prerequisite: GE105, GE106, ENG200, ENG220, ENG221, ENG420, ENG321, ENG322. Credits: 3
Introduces students to the basic concepts and problems encountered in social scientific investigation, including types of data and measurement, sampling, probability, an d research design. This is an introductory course in social science research methodology that emphasizes the importance and limitations of theory and methodology in social science research, as well as the purposes of applied research, program evaluation and research ethics. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, PSY150. Credits: 3
This course is an advanced study of a selected area in linguistics. The focus of the course will vary depending on faculty’s current research interests and student interest. Students will build on work they have completed in years 1 and 2 and will get the chance to explore in depth an area of linguistics. Topics may include: Advanced Themes in Sociolinguistics, Corpus linguistics, Forensic linguistics, Bilingualism, The Language of Media and Social Media, Evolutionary Linguistics. Prerequisite: ENG200, ENG203, ENG300, ENG201. Credits: 3
Introduces students to the basic elements of poetry-prosody, meter, rhyme, and poetic language. The course examines selected poems from major British and American poets such T. S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, W.H. Auden, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens, and Williams Carlos Williams from both the perspective of craft and content. The course will also introduce the poetry of poets from non-Anglophone cultures, such as the translated work of the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and the Greek poets Yannis Ritsos and George Seferis, and others. The course's aim is to enable students to see poetry as a specialized use of language that conveys emotions and meaning through image and meter. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, ENG220. Credits: 3
Introduces students to the principles of communicative language teaching. The course includes the theoretical and practical applications of teaching the four skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking and also examines the teaching of grammar. Students investigate different approaches to classroom management and lesson planning, as well as developing an awareness of how to choose materials and techniques appropriately for different age groups. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, ENG200, ENG202. Co-requisites: ENG203. Credits: 3
Investigates the teaching of English in more advanced detail. The course examines special topics, such as materials evaluation and development, technology in education, dyslectic learners, phonetics and phonology, syllabus design, and error correction. In addition, testing and evaluation, drama in the classroom and the teaching of lexis, are explored. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, ENG200, ENG202, ENG203, ENG310. Credits: 3
This course will address a number of key issues in Developmental and Clinical Linguistics: how language develops in childhood (first language acquisition); second language acquisition, bilingual language acquisition; language and cognition; how language is processed, stored and produced by the brain; how language may fail to develop and how it may go wrong later in life; how children acquire reading and writing and the characteristics/treatment of learning difficulties; causation, diagnosis and treatment of common communication disorders. Prerequisite: GE105, GE106, ENG200, ENG203. Credits: 3
The course provides an introduction to research design in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Students will acquire the basic principles and skills needed to design and conduct classroom research. The course guides students through the research process: reviewing current literature, examining different methods, formulating research questions, selecting appropriate tools for collecting data, analyzing data and  interpreting findings. Research topics include classroom interaction, teaching techniques, attitudes of teachers and learners and any other topics in classroom research relevant to the students’ interests. Prerequisite: PSY200, ENG200, ENG201, ENG202, ENG203, ENG300, ENG301, ENG310, ENG311, ENG410 (Practicum I). Credits: 3

Major Electives: Select 2 Courses (6 Credits - 12 ECTS)

Presents the process of producing a play - from the first reading to its staging. Students explore the roles of all the collaborators in a theatre production (director, actors, designer, composer etc.) and realize them in practice. Depending on the students' interests, the play to be approached will be either from the world repertory or a new work composed by the students. The course will be completed with a performance presented by the students. Interested students are invited to have a short discussion/interview with the instructor before enrolling in the course. Co-requisite: GE105, GE144. Credits: 3
Introduces students to fundamental dramatic genres by exploring the works of key directors, practitioners and artistic movements. Starting from Stanislavski and Brecht, the class will explore Dada, the Surrealists and the Theatre of the Absurd. As well as exploring the philosophy of each artistic movement, students will discuss and analyze selected texts in order to achieve a thorough understanding of both the theory and the practice of theater. The text analyses will be accompanied by some practical group work in the class. There is no need for prior acting experience. Co-requisites: GE105. Credits: 3
The course aims to introduce students to the different approaches to studying film through semiotic analysis. The course explores how a society produces meanings and values in a communication system called semiotics, and specifically focuses on the medium of film. It familiarizes students with the industrial context of film production and film technology and examines film both as narrative and semiotic form. The course provides a brief overview of the language, the history and the reception of film through the examination of cinematic codes and conventions while considering a general theory of signs. By analyzing specific movies, students will learn to recognize different film movements and genres and discuss ideas of social, national, gender and politics representations. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106. Credits: 3
Explores the complex relationships between gender and language structure, use, and change, integrating perspectives from sociolinguistics and gender theory. Through readings, lectures, class discussions, and data analysis, students learn about gender-based differences in language use and communication and gender as a social construct that is shaped through language use; explore cross-cultural perspectives on language and gender; and examine the implications of language and gender research in institutional contexts, such as education, law, the media, and business. This course will appeal to students interested in a variety of professional fields, including English language teaching, journalism, psychology, and business. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, ENG200. Credits: 3
This course introduces students to the history and function of translation in society. Students learn the multiple ways in which translators work in multilingual and multicultural environments while they become familiar with the main theoretical streams in Translation Studies. Students understand the importance of translation as an area of study and come to appreciate the age-old role translators have played as mediators between societies and cultures. Students gain hands-on translation practice by translating texts from English into Greek. Prerequisites: GE105. Co-requisites: GE106. Credits: 3
Introduces the field of educational psychology and explores the development of cognitive functions and language, individual and cultural differences, and research on teaching and learning. The course also covers learning theories, developmental theories, issues of motivation, emotion, class management, intelligence and diversity, as well as understanding measurement and assessment, teaching and learning styles and special needs. Prerequisite: GE105, GE106. Credits: 3
Introduces students to Creative Writing in its most varied application, from writing for the media and the arts to experiments in the lyric essay, fiction and poetry; the attraction of this course is in its multi-genre and inter-disciplinary application. Students interested in journalism, script-writing, and creative non-fiction, will gain from this introduction as much as those interested in the beginnings of poetry and fiction writing. Readings will take place in the craft of the lyric, non-fiction essay, art reviews, script writing, story, and poetry. Students learn the basic strategies for writing in multiple, non-academic styles while focusing on the genre of their choice. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, ENG220. Credits: 3
Advances students who have already been introduced to Creative Writing in its varied applications, and gives them further opportunities to practice the art. Students will again experiment with creative writing’s multi-genre application, but work will be longer, more developed and in-depth than in its introduction. Readings will take place in the craft of the lyric, non-fiction essay, script writing, fiction, and poetry. Students learn to further their craft in multiple, non-academic styles while focusing on the genre of their choice. Prerequisites: ENG215. Credits: 3
Explores a range of short stories written in English and some works in translation. Students are acquainted with the hallmarks of short fiction and learn to appreciate the variety of styles and forms that have produced the short story genre. Particular attention is paid to what makes a short story its own, unique art form. Works by Chekhov, Flaubert to the more contemporary works of O'Connor, McCullers, Updike and Lahiri (among others), will be read and discussed. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, ENG220. Credits: 3
Discusses some of the most important and interesting plays written during the twentieth century in English or other languages, such as works by O'Neil, Lorca, Brecht, and Ionesco (among others). Students are introduced to key elements and concepts of 20th Century Theater. Each work will be examined in its own right, but comparisons between them will also be made with a view to assessing how different playwrights deal with social, cultural political and philosophical issues of both local and universal relevance. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, ENG220. Credits: 3
Introduces students to a comparative approach to literature, gender theory and literary theory, by examining texts by women writers from different backgrounds, namely the UK, US, and Greece. Issues explored include: how (and if) texts by women differ from texts by men, recurring themes in women's writing and the way these have changed through the course of the 20th century, and the ways writing challenges or reinforces existing cultural norms about gender. Writers whose work will be studied is determined by the instructor, these have included, but are not limited to: Virginia Woolf, Kate Chopin, Flannery O'Conner, Toni Morrison, Lilika Nakou, Margarita Lymberaki, Zyranna Zateli. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, ENG220. Credits: 3
Looks at practical issues involving how teachers can use computer technology and how it can assist them in their teaching. Examines the resources available from software and the Internet and evaluates them from a pedagogical perspective. The course enables students to take advantage of the resources available through the use of computers and the application of sound pedagogical principles. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, IT100. Credits: 3
Discusses the influences of the Ancient and pre-Socratic Greeks on developing ideas of the American Enlightenment. Plotinus and Plato's influence on Ralph Waldo Emerson are explored in particular. Specific issues will focus on the individual and his/her relationship to society and civic responsibility, notions of identity, cultural authenticity, and nationalism. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, GE115, ENG220. Co-requisites: ENG320. Credits: 3
The course will be a topic-specific course offering that will facilitate the study and exploration of current trends and ideas in the field. This will also provide options for invited or visiting professors to develop a course of study around an issue/theme in their area of expertise related to the discipline of comparative literature. Subject interests such as explorations of the city in literature, investigations of the post-colonial, travel writing, and nature writing, are among the possible areas of focus. Co-requisite: ENG420. Prerequisite: GE105, GE106; ENG220; & by instructor consent. Credits: 3
The course expands upon the fundamental principles and theories learned in English Methodology courses (ENG310, ENG 311) in order to extend students’ understanding of and ability to combine current feedback practic es with revision in English as a second (ESL) and foreign language (EFL) writing. Students are exposed to the nature, form and value of current feedback practices and models as well as strategies for the delivering of feedback, both onsite and online, that assist them in dealing effectively with a diverse student population in a variety of language teaching contexts. Prerequisite: ENG200, ENG201. Credits: 3

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