Department of English Language

Through a governmental decree, the academic year 1965/66 marked the beginning of compulsory implementation of Arabicization in government Sudanese schools. The English language was hence reduced to a subject in the school time-table.
As a result, when the students entered university, the status of English suddenly changed from a subject of no active use outside the English classroom to the main medium of instruction. This immediate transition from Arabic to English as a medium of instruction has called for the introduction of English for Specific Purposes to bridge the gap between the students' real competence and the level needed for enrolling at higher institutes of learning.
Consequently, in 1975, the English language Servicing Unit (ELSU) was established by the University of Khartoum in collaboration with the British Council. The Unit used to offer a two year English course of 100 hours to the Faculty of Science, and a one year English course of 60 hours to the rest of the Faculties, with the exception of the Faculties of Arts and Education which were serviced by their own English language departments.
The second phase of Arabicization was formally launched in 1991. Arabic replaced English as medium of instruction in all Sudanese Universities and higher institutions of learning. At Khartoum University, the English Language Servicing Unit was left to cater for English for Specific Purposes till 1996. After 1996, the University introduced university requirement subjects: English, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Computer Studies and Sudanese Studies. These university requirement subjects were taught in four years making a total of 120 hours. In 1998 the University set up a new administration with the status of a faculty known as Administration for University Requirement. Students are required to study a total of 90 hours of English in the first and second year.
Our vision for the future is very ambitious. With the current situation of English in the general education system, the poor teaching environment and many obstacles at the University of Khartoum, we are graduating students with very poor levels of English language achievement who are unable to compete for jobs.



Genral Objectives

The general objectives of the curriculum are:

  • To develop students' language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • To enhance language sub-skills.
  • To raise students' awareness to the importance of English language as a language of science and technology.

The curriculum is made up of two courses.

  • General English taught at first year.
  • English for Specific/ Academic Purposes (it is oriented towards the students specialization). This course is usually taught at second level.

First year course

This course is, by nature, general English. It consists of three sections: reading texts, grammar, writing and study skills.
Course objectives:
By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Understand texts written in English language.
  • Differentiate between main points and details.
  • Acquire a large amount of vocabulary.
  • Use the target grammatical points correctly.
  • Use the functions of language grammar correctly.
  • Write correct topic sentence, supporting sentences, and concluding sentence.
  • Use the coherence devices correctly.
  • Write short coherent paragraphs.
  • Read and interpret tables, graphs, and charts.
  • Take notes from texts and lectures.

Course contents:
This course is compiled in a form of a textbook which was taught to first year in the academic year 2009 - 2010. Every the academic committee make the appropriate changes according to the needs of the students. The contents are as follows:

  • Function: Expressing purpose Reading: Adam at university Grammar: Although/ in spite of
    Word power: Favourable, unfavourable, neutral
    Writing: Composition and summary 1: building sentences
    Grammar: Purpose, reason, and result clauses
  • Function: Requests

Reading 1: The development of ports in the Sudan
Grammar: Preposition + relative clause
Situation: At the post office
Reading 2: Meroe - a Sudanese civilization
Grammar: Would = used to / preposition + relative clause
Study skills: Book contents
Writing: Composition assignment

  • Study skills: Taking notes

Reading: Green is Beautiful 1
Writing: Composition and summary 2: connecting sentences
Writing: Kinds of sentences
Check Test One

  • Function: Offers

Reading: Green is Beautiful 2
Grammar: The unreal past
Writing: Sentence building
Study skills: Making notes

  • Function: Apology

Reading: Imitation in nature
Grammar: Not only - but also/ adjectives of quantity
Study skills: Book index
Word power: Inference
Writing: Assignment
Check Test Two

  • Function: Asking for permission

Reading: Green is Beautiful 3
Grammar: The unreal past 2/ future perfect
Situation: At the airport
Writing: Composition and summary 3: connecting words

  • Function: Expressing preference

Reading: Green is beautiful 4
Grammar: Conditional sentence third type / expressing the future
Writing: Job application letter
Check Test Three

  • Situation: At a meeting

Reading: Working women in Sudan
Grammar: Reported speech (thought)/ few and a few
Writing: Composition and summary 4: paragraphing and summarizing
Word power: The motor car

  • Function: Obligation and prohibition

Reading: The land - Sudan's greatest resource
Green is Beautiful 5
Grammar: Conditional sentence
Grammar: Must have
Writing: Composition and summary 5: agendas and minutes

  • Function: No obligation

Reading: Will all the resources give out?
Grammar: Relative clause
Writing: Composition and summary 6: summarizing
Word power: Change of meaning
Check Test four

  • Situation: Asking for and giving directions

Reading: Green is Beautiful 6
Grammar: Expressions followed by -ing form
Writing: Summary and letter- writing
Word power: Words connection Grammar: Infinitives and gerund

  • Function: Probability and necessity

Reading: Green is beautiful 7
Grammar: What as a conjunction/ would and should
Writing: Composition and summary 7: more about paragraphing


Second Year Course

This course is English for Specific/ Academic Purposes (ESP/ EAP) and it is oriented towards the students specialization.
Course objectives:
The course objectives are that by the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Read with understanding scientific texts related to their field of study.
  • Acquire terminology related to their field of specialization.
  • Apply the scientific style in their writing.
  • Analyze texts to their linguistic elements.
  • Use correct grammar when writing.
  • Write scientific and academic essays.
  • Write a correct list of references.
  • Use references appropriately: citation, summary, quotation, and paraphrasing.
  • Take notes from references and lectures.
  • Write their CV correctly.
  • Write job application letters in the correct style.
  • Write and present seminar paper.


Course contents:
The course contains three parts.

  • Reading Texts:

These texts are content- based. They are driven from students' field of study. They are selected by the curriculum committee.

  • Grammar and Structure

This section is related to the reading section to provide grammar in context. The grammar in focus is taken from the texts provided in the reading section. In addition, the following points are also taught:

  • Relative clause.
  • Sentence structure.
  • Sentence types.
  • Phrasal verbs.
  • Passive voice.
  • f. Articles
  • h. Direct and indirect speech.


  • Writing

This part is a continuation to the writing part in first year textbook. The writing is mainly academic . It covers the following points:

  • Scientific essay writing. b. Reference writing.
  • Summary writing. d. Paraphrasing.
  • Note-taking. f. Scientific and Report writing.
  • CV writing. h. Job application letter writing.
  • Presenting and writing seminar paper.

Currently the department is teaching the following courses:


  •  English for Law (Faculty of Law)
  • English for Medical Studies (Faculties of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry)
  • English for Nursing (Faculty of Nursing)
  • English for Environmental Studies (Faculty of Health and Hygiene)
  • English for Economics (Faculty of Economics)
  • English for Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)
  • English for Architecture (Faculty of Architecture)
  • English for Computer (Faculty of Mathematical Scienceses)
  • English for Laboratory (Faculty of Laboratory Sciences)
  • English for Business (Faculty of Business Administration)
  • English for Geology (Faculty of Science)
  • English for Math and Chemistry (Faculty of Science)
  • English for Biology (Faculty of Science)
  • English for Arts (Faculty of Education)
  • English for Science (Faculty of Education)
  • English for Physical Education (Faculty of Education)
  • English for Arts (Faculty of Education- Basic Level)
  • English for Science (Faculty of Education- Basic Level)
  • English for Animal Production and Veterinary Studies (Faculties of Animal Production and Veterinary Medicine)
  • English for Agriculture and Forestry (Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry)




News and Activities


The Department of Computer Science has received 50 new computers in the their labs at Shambat, Education and Central Campuses.

Staff Members





Hala Salih M.Nur

Ph. D English

Assistant Prof.

Abuelgasim S. Elsaid

MA. English


Iamam-edin Awad M (on leave).

MA. English


Mohammed. A. Bakhit

(on leave)

MA. English


Ibrahim Eltaybe M.

MA. English


Omima Sid Ahmed

MA. English


Ghada M. Hassan

MA. English


Yasir M. Al-Yassa

MA English


Raja Abashar

BA English


Amina Hassan

MA English


Rawada Khalid

MA English


Henry G. Andrea (on leave)

BA English


Daoud Jubair

MA English


Mohamed Ali

BA English


Suileman Abdalah Mohammed

BA English

Teaching Assistant

Abdel Mahmoud Mohammed Ahmed

BA English

Teaching Assistant

Ahmed Babiker Ali

MA English


Yousif Alhassan Abdallah

MA English



Digital Video Conferencing

Staff Members have been attending various digital video conferences at the American Embassy focusing on English language teaching:

  • English Language Teaching in SudanFeb 27, 2008
  • Using Technology in English Language TeachingMarch 26 208
  • Teaching English for Young Learners Apr 24, 2008
  • Activities to Encourage Peace and Tolerance in the English-language Classroom.

May 28, 2008

In- Service Training Program:


  • First Year Workshop

conducted in August 2007 for one day to train teachers on the correct instruction methods for teaching first year text book. One of the major themes of the workshop was the teaching of large classes.


  • Tackling Reading Passages

This is a one day workshop conducted in August 2008 in collaboration with American Embassy in Khartoum. The English Language Office at Cairo, George Scholz conducted the workshop.

-Shaping the way we teach English



This workshop was conducted in November 2008 for four days with collaboration of American Embassy Khartoum. The workshop instructor was Dr.Leslie Opp-Beckman from Oregon University. The department invited 15 English language teachers from seven Sudanese universities to participate with the staff of the Department in the workshop. To read more about "Shaping the way we teach English" click here.

2. Developing by the Nile: Innovative Online Trends for Teacher Professsional Development.


This workshop was conducted in July 2009 for five days to train teachers on the use of internet applications and tools for teaching English language. The workshop instructor was Dr. Hala Fawzi from Tagana University. The workshop was hosted at the computer labs of the Faculty of Mathematical Sciences. The Department invited 5 English language teachers from Sudanese universities to participate in the workshop. To know more about the workshop click here to visit the workshop wiki.

Coming Workshops
The Department of English Language in collaboration with the British Council and Clarity Products are conducting a five days' workshop from 1-5 of August entitled "ICT for ELT in the Horn of Africa: Options and Approaches".


Time for Change: Developing English Language Teaching at Teritary Level in Sudan

The University of Khartoum in collaboration with the British Council held the first ELT conference at Sharjah Hall from 1-4 of March 2010. The Department of English Language at AUR was asked to co-chair the conference. To read more about the conference .




The Department of English Language is now re-publishing ESPMENA Bulletin. ESPMENA was published by the formerly English Language Service Unit (ELSU). ELSU was one of the first ESP units in the Middle East and Africa. The Department of English Language has taken the place of ELSU in 1990 when the Arabic became the medium of instruction in the University


To read bulletin number 1 published in 1979 click here

Short Courses

The Department of English at Administration for University Requirements (AUR) was formerly the English Language Servicing Unit (ELSU) the oldest unit not only in Sudan but also in the region. In 1993, it joined the Arabicisation Administration, and in 1998 it joined the AUR. It is responsible for teaching English language to all the faculties of the university. The department teaches both general English (GE) as well as English for Specific Purposes (ESP). The staff are highly qualified and competent with more than 10 years of experience in English language teaching.
The Department in its endeavour to offer excellent service in the field of English language teaching is launching a number of training courses to the public. The courses are:


General English Course
Aims and Contents:
This course aims at improving learners' communication skills. The course uses CHANNEL YOUR ENGLISH series, which integrates all the skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing simultaneously. There are 5 levels: beginner, elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, and upper-intermediate.
Target group:
The course is open to all kinds of participants.
35 hours per level.


Academic Writing
Aims and Contents:
The course aims at improving the learners ability to write good paragraphs and essays, use the punctuation marks appropriately, write a list of references correctly, cite references, use the functions of academic language, and write free- of- errors English.
Target Group:
Researchers, postgraduate students, and universities teaching assistants and lecturers.
Duration: 20 hours (intensive).


Report Writing
Aims and Contents:
Report Writing aims at training participants in writing skills to equip them
with the necessary skills needed in report writing. It provides the layout of a report, information organization, using the correct language and style, and how to proof read and edit a report. On demand the course can concentrate on certain types of reports.
Target Group:
Government and private companies employees.
Duration: 20 hours.


English for Vocational Purposes


Aims and Contents:
Vocational English targets special needs for English in the workplace. This group of training courses is in a variety of specializations such as: business, engineering, information technology, banking, nursing and medicine. These courses aim at enhancing the various communication skills needed in the workplace. They integrate all the language skills.
Target Group:
Government and private sector employees.
Depends on the specialization.




  • We are also ready to tailor any course according to our client's needs and aims.
  • All these training courses utilize face to face instruction in addition to online tools with a greater emphasis on continuous practice. Audio- visual materials are also used in teaching. We provide all the necessary needs for each training course such as books, tapes, handouts and activity books.
  • Upon the completion of any training course, learners are awarded a completion certificate. The certificate can be authenticated by the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Contact us



Behind the main administration building /east of the Faculty of Mathematical Sciences


Phone number


00249154938731 (Director Office)
00249154938730 (Registrar Office)



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