The first building block in laying down the groundwork for the Department of English Language came in 1382 A.H., upon the establishment of the Department of Social Studies and English Language at the College of Education. In the year 1385 A.H., after the bylaw of the College of Education was issued, the Department of English Language was separated from the Department of Social Studies, becoming an independent department with its own objectives and programs.
The Department of English Language was then affiliated to the College of Social Sciences, which was introduced at the beginning of the academic year 1404/1405 A.H. Accordingly, the objectives of the department have developed based on its new specializations.
The objectives of the department have developed according to its most utilized disciplines. After its objectives were mainly focused on the preparation of efficient teachers, they became more comprehensive in nature. In addition to the graduation of English language teachers for junior high and high schools, the department also undertakes to prepare specialists in applied linguistics and in the various branches of English literature.
These objectives can be summarized as follows:
For achieving these objectives, the department focuses on two main aspects: The first is practical and training oriented, as it aims at the acquisition of the basic linguistic skills needed for teaching language by using language labs equipped with modern devices. The second is theoretical, as it aims at teaching the sciences of linguistics and literature.