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Department of English and Modern Languages

Overview

The Department of English & Modern Languages offers undergraduate as well as graduate programs in English and provides students with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the language and its teaching, to know and appreciate both seminal and creative works in language and literature, and also to develop literary and academic aptitudes of their own. Majors offered by the English department at the undergraduate level are widely recognized. They prepare students to engage in many fields, including graduate degrees in teaching, journalism, information technology, management, law and administration, as well as more language-focused fields like creative writing and translation. The department initially started with general education non-credit English courses like ENG097 and ENG102, and credits courses such as ENG103 and ENG105 for all the departments. The service courses have been revised and redesigned periodically in order to make them more effective and relevant to the needs of students. New courses were also introduced keeping in view the demands and changes taking place in English studies and employment opportunities throughout the world.

The current curriculum followed in the Department of English & Modern Languages in commensurate with some of the most prestigious universities in the United States. With two  international faculty members from the USA both holding doctoral degrees, and with all other faculty members with graduate degrees, including 7 with doctorate degrees, from highly-rated foreign institutions, the department provides an international high-quality platform for its students.

Students in the department are guided to shape their studies in order to reflect their specific interest as they prepare themselves to assume their roles as ethical and intellectual members of society. The department has expanded over the years and continues to pursue its goals and objectives vigorously. The students with specializations in the areas of literature, linguistics, or TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) choose courses based on their requirements and areas of interest. The main focus of both the undergraduate and graduate curricula is to prepare students most effectively to face the challenges of employment and leadership in their fields. With over 40 core faculty members and 19 adjunct faculty members, the favorable teacher-to-student ratio enables the department to be one of the most successful in NSU.

In addition to the academic programs and courses, the department also organizes a variety of activities and workshops, such as the Colloquium and Discourse series of lectures. Both local and international scholars are regularly invited in this platform to deliver their lectures. The department also arranges national and international conferences, for example, the National Conference on Shakespeare held in 2012, to generate research interest in language, literature and related issues among the scholars from and beyond NSU. All these activities besides the programs and courses keep the students and faculty members engaged with the contemporary world and thus active. The first international conference of the department titled the River: Flows of Innovation and Exchange in the Global(i)zed English World was held in March 2016.

As NSU embarks upon the move for university-wide accreditation by American institutions, the role of the Department of English and Modern Languages has become an integral part of its academic drive. As a part of this, student learning outcomes and assessments, conducted by the faculty members, are consistently applied to gauge progress and uphold the highest institutional standard. This ongoing process is a demonstration of the department’s commitment to attaining the highest standards in academic excellence.

 

A.Q.M.A. Rahman Bhuiyan, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of English and Modern Languages
North South University

Courses

Certificate in English Proficiency CEP is a certificate course for people interested in improving their general proficiency in English. Morning classes are held twice on weekends. The 14-week CEP program primarily focuses on productive and receptive skills, i.e. speaking, writing, reading, and listening, and then it references business or occupational English. Special emphasis is given on the enhancement of vocabulary and competence in grammar. Certificates are awarded upon satisfactory completion of the course. Levels: Pre-intermediate & Advance Certificate in French Proficiency IML also offers a 14-week certificate course in the contemporary French language. The weekend morning classes of the CFP program are usually composed of students of NSU as well as interested learners from outside the University. Certificates are awarded on satisfactory completion of the course. Levels: Elementary & Intermediate Certificate in Spanish Proficiency CSP is a 14-week non-credit course for both NSU students and learners from institutions and organizations. Special emphasis is given on the spoken form of the language. Certificates are awarded upon satisfactory completion of the course. Classes are held on Friday and Saturday mornings. Levels: Elementary & Intermediate Certificate in German Proficiency NSU students and learners from outside can enrol in CGP, which is a short course in basic German. Classes are held between 10 am and 12 pm on weekends. Certificates are awarded upon satisfactory completion of the course. Levels: Elementary & Intermediate Certificate in Bangla (Bengali) Proficiency CBP is a certificate course for foreigners interested in developing or improving their communicative ability in Bangla. The 14-week CBP program primarily focuses on speaking and listening skills in Bangla. Special attention is given to the enhancement of useful vocabulary. Certificates are awarded upon satisfactory completion of the course. Levels: Elementary & Intermediate Certificate in Japanese Proficiency CJP is a 14-week non-credit course for both NSU students and learners from outside. Special emphasis is given on the spoken form of the language. Certificates are awarded upon satisfactory completion of the course. Classes are held on weekend mornings. Levels: Elementary & Intermediate Certificate in Arabic Proficiency CAP is a non-credit short course in spoken Arabic. Certificates are awarded upon satisfactory completion of the course. Classes are held on Friday and Saturday mornings. Levels: Elementary & Pre-intermediate For information about admission, tuition etc. Please call IML at PABX +880-2-55668200 ext: 6145 (12 pm – 7 pm, weekdays) or Cell: 01815494107

Discourse I

 DEML Lecture Series   DEML launched its Lecture Series in Spring 2011. The Series, which is a combination of Discourse I and Discourse II presentations, is part of NSU’s attempt at academic innovation since 2010.DEML Discourse I Type High-profile, innovative lecture series by persons with diversified occupational experience in language Objective Bring students close to occupational experience of language, and inspire students’ research into language from novel perspectives.   Main audience Linguistics majors of the English Department and students of the IML at NSU Areas covered Publicity and strategic communication (‘Language and publicity’) Education and development (‘Language and development) International relations (‘Language and diplomacy’) Military (‘Language in the army’) Legislation (‘Language and legislation’) Use of Bangla (‘Sounds of the mother tongue’) Guest speakers Persons with diversified occupational experience of language Area and speaker selection Mr. M Shahedul Haque (Director, IML) Dr. Shireen Huq (Dept of English) Dr. Khaliquzzaman M Elias (Dept of English) Dr. Selim Sarwar (Dept of English) Area and speaker approval Prof Dr Amin Sarkar (Vice Chancellor, NSU) Prof Dr ANM Meshquat Uddin (Pro Vice Chancellor, NSU)   For events prior to Summer 2013: Prof Dr Hafiz GA Siddiqi (Former Vice Chancellor, NSU) Prof Dr Md. Abdus Sattar (Acting Vice Chancellor, NSU) Outcome (Essays) Understanding Bangla obstruent phonology English and Bangla reduced vowels Language in Bangladesh-India diplomatic negotiations Military lexis Bilingualism in the army Language of real estate legislation

Discourse II

 DEML Lecture Series   DEML Discourse II                Type DEML Discourse II is a series of academic presentations relating to language, language behavior and communication in general. Objective Encourage faculty research and presentation Duration Spring 2011 – Presenters University teachers (of any discipline) with research interest in language, language behavior or communication in general DEML Discourse II, Panini, and the Media DEML Discourse II complements the publication of Panini – the academic journal of the English Department at North South University. Faculty members and researchers who contribute in Panini discuss their work in the Discourse II presentations. The Series allows the NSU faculty to present their work to larger and diverse audiences through the assistance of the NSU website and the media. The Series is also open to researchers and teachers of disciplines other than linguistics (e.g. psychology, journalism, ELT etc.) who have studied language, language behavior or communication in general. IML Discourse II invites presenters from other universities at home and abroad too. Expression of interest Teachers/researchers interested to share their experiential knowledge/research may express their interest to Head, DEML. Please write to shahed@northsouth.edu. Telephone: 8852000 ext: 2008.  

Spectrum Seminars

 DEML Spectrum Seminars   The Institute organizes weekend seminars where IML and English Department faculty discuss matters relating to language, ELT etc with students to motivate further exploration of the issues taught in the mainstream programs. The Spectrum Seminars can be attended by students of other universities too. DEML Spectrum Seminars Type DEML Spectrum Series is a succession of weekend seminars where mainly students will present their original academic research on literature, linguistics, language behaviour and communication in general. Objective Motivate undergraduate and graduate English students to conduct and present original and innovative research to enrich the scholarly body of literary and linguistic criticism. Duration Summer 2013-- Presenters Led and supervised by the English Department faculty members, students of the Department present their research into language, language teaching, and literature. DEML Spectrum Seminars and the Media The Spectrum series creates the platform for English students to present their research to a larger and more diverse audience through the print media and the NSU website.  

Language Workshops

 DEML Language Workshop Series   The Institute also offers language workshop events to the students of the University to motivate them to learn foreign languages. The workshop sessions are conducted by appropriately qualified and experienced instructors and have been very successful in assisting students to opt for the right languages from a wide range of choices. The sessions are open to all students at NSU.

RIT

 DEML Assistance for Research into Language Issues   The DEML has a Research and Information Team (RIT) composed of a group of meritorious students with research interests in language and related issues. Guided by the DEML director, the RIT members extend their assistance to the following: Speakers and presenters of DEML Spectrum Seminars and Discourse eventsFaculty members of NSU undertaking research projects where language issues are addressed.  

Upcoming Events
Previous Events

Discourse I: Discourse II: Language Workshops: Spectrum Seminars:

Intensive Course
RIT
Archive

   Section: A                               Discourse on Sounds of the Mother Tongue at NSU            Discourse on Language in the Army at NSU                        DEML Presidential Discourse            Discourse on language, publicity, and strategic communication            DEML Discourse I: NSU holds discussion on ‘Bangla Bhasha’            DEML Presidential Discourse: Language and Politics                 Section:   B                DEML Presentation on Teacher's Feedback in Language Classes     Section: C                          DEML Workshop Series event on Reporting Events at NSU               Section: D                           Opportunities and Requirements of Teaching English Globally           Facets of the Transformational Grammar

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Overview

The Department of English & Modern Languages offers undergraduate as well as graduate programs in English and provides students with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the language and its teaching, to know and appreciate both seminal and creative works in language and literature, and also to develop literary and academic aptitudes of their own. Majors offered by the English department at the undergraduate level are widely recognized. They prepare students to engage in many fields, including graduate degrees in teaching, journalism, information technology, management, law and administration, as well as more language-focused fields like creative writing and translation. The department initially started with general education non-credit English courses like ENG097 and ENG102, and credits courses such as ENG103 and ENG105 for all the departments. The service courses have been revised and redesigned periodically in order to make them more effective and relevant to the needs of students. New courses were also introduced keeping in view the demands and changes taking place in English studies and employment opportunities throughout the world.

The current curriculum followed in the Department of English & Modern Languages in commensurate with some of the most prestigious universities in the United States. With two  international faculty members from the USA both holding doctoral degrees, and with all other faculty members with graduate degrees, including 7 with doctorate degrees, from highly-rated foreign institutions, the department provides an international high-quality platform for its students.

Students in the department are guided to shape their studies in order to reflect their specific interest as they prepare themselves to assume their roles as ethical and intellectual members of society. The department has expanded over the years and continues to pursue its goals and objectives vigorously. The students with specializations in the areas of literature, linguistics, or TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) choose courses based on their requirements and areas of interest. The main focus of both the undergraduate and graduate curricula is to prepare students most effectively to face the challenges of employment and leadership in their fields. With over 40 core faculty members and 19 adjunct faculty members, the favorable teacher-to-student ratio enables the department to be one of the most successful in NSU.

In addition to the academic programs and courses, the department also organizes a variety of activities and workshops, such as the Colloquium and Discourse series of lectures. Both local and international scholars are regularly invited in this platform to deliver their lectures. The department also arranges national and international conferences, for example, the National Conference on Shakespeare held in 2012, to generate research interest in language, literature and related issues among the scholars from and beyond NSU. All these activities besides the programs and courses keep the students and faculty members engaged with the contemporary world and thus active. The first international conference of the department titled the River: Flows of Innovation and Exchange in the Global(i)zed English World was held in March 2016.

As NSU embarks upon the move for university-wide accreditation by American institutions, the role of the Department of English and Modern Languages has become an integral part of its academic drive. As a part of this, student learning outcomes and assessments, conducted by the faculty members, are consistently applied to gauge progress and uphold the highest institutional standard. This ongoing process is a demonstration of the department’s commitment to attaining the highest standards in academic excellence.

 

A.Q.M.A. Rahman Bhuiyan, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of English and Modern Languages
North South University

Courses

Certificate in English Proficiency CEP is a certificate course for people interested in improving their general proficiency in English. Morning classes are held twice on weekends. The 14-week CEP program primarily focuses on productive and receptive skills, i.e. speaking, writing, reading, and listening, and then it references business or occupational English. Special emphasis is given on the enhancement of vocabulary and competence in grammar. Certificates are awarded upon satisfactory completion of the course. Levels: Pre-intermediate & Advance Certificate in French Proficiency IML also offers a 14-week certificate course in the contemporary French language. The weekend morning classes of the CFP program are usually composed of students of NSU as well as interested learners from outside the University. Certificates are awarded on satisfactory completion of the course. Levels: Elementary & Intermediate Certificate in Spanish Proficiency CSP is a 14-week non-credit course for both NSU students and learners from institutions and organizations. Special emphasis is given on the spoken form of the language. Certificates are awarded upon satisfactory completion of the course. Classes are held on Friday and Saturday mornings. Levels: Elementary & Intermediate Certificate in German Proficiency NSU students and learners from outside can enrol in CGP, which is a short course in basic German. Classes are held between 10 am and 12 pm on weekends. Certificates are awarded upon satisfactory completion of the course. Levels: Elementary & Intermediate Certificate in Bangla (Bengali) Proficiency CBP is a certificate course for foreigners interested in developing or improving their communicative ability in Bangla. The 14-week CBP program primarily focuses on speaking and listening skills in Bangla. Special attention is given to the enhancement of useful vocabulary. Certificates are awarded upon satisfactory completion of the course. Levels: Elementary & Intermediate Certificate in Japanese Proficiency CJP is a 14-week non-credit course for both NSU students and learners from outside. Special emphasis is given on the spoken form of the language. Certificates are awarded upon satisfactory completion of the course. Classes are held on weekend mornings. Levels: Elementary & Intermediate Certificate in Arabic Proficiency CAP is a non-credit short course in spoken Arabic. Certificates are awarded upon satisfactory completion of the course. Classes are held on Friday and Saturday mornings. Levels: Elementary & Pre-intermediate For information about admission, tuition etc. Please call IML at PABX +880-2-55668200 ext: 6145 (12 pm – 7 pm, weekdays) or Cell: 01815494107

Discourse I

 DEML Lecture Series   DEML launched its Lecture Series in Spring 2011. The Series, which is a combination of Discourse I and Discourse II presentations, is part of NSU’s attempt at academic innovation since 2010.DEML Discourse I Type High-profile, innovative lecture series by persons with diversified occupational experience in language Objective Bring students close to occupational experience of language, and inspire students’ research into language from novel perspectives.   Main audience Linguistics majors of the English Department and students of the IML at NSU Areas covered Publicity and strategic communication (‘Language and publicity’) Education and development (‘Language and development) International relations (‘Language and diplomacy’) Military (‘Language in the army’) Legislation (‘Language and legislation’) Use of Bangla (‘Sounds of the mother tongue’) Guest speakers Persons with diversified occupational experience of language Area and speaker selection Mr. M Shahedul Haque (Director, IML) Dr. Shireen Huq (Dept of English) Dr. Khaliquzzaman M Elias (Dept of English) Dr. Selim Sarwar (Dept of English) Area and speaker approval Prof Dr Amin Sarkar (Vice Chancellor, NSU) Prof Dr ANM Meshquat Uddin (Pro Vice Chancellor, NSU)   For events prior to Summer 2013: Prof Dr Hafiz GA Siddiqi (Former Vice Chancellor, NSU) Prof Dr Md. Abdus Sattar (Acting Vice Chancellor, NSU) Outcome (Essays) Understanding Bangla obstruent phonology English and Bangla reduced vowels Language in Bangladesh-India diplomatic negotiations Military lexis Bilingualism in the army Language of real estate legislation

Discourse II

 DEML Lecture Series   DEML Discourse II                Type DEML Discourse II is a series of academic presentations relating to language, language behavior and communication in general. Objective Encourage faculty research and presentation Duration Spring 2011 – Presenters University teachers (of any discipline) with research interest in language, language behavior or communication in general DEML Discourse II, Panini, and the Media DEML Discourse II complements the publication of Panini – the academic journal of the English Department at North South University. Faculty members and researchers who contribute in Panini discuss their work in the Discourse II presentations. The Series allows the NSU faculty to present their work to larger and diverse audiences through the assistance of the NSU website and the media. The Series is also open to researchers and teachers of disciplines other than linguistics (e.g. psychology, journalism, ELT etc.) who have studied language, language behavior or communication in general. IML Discourse II invites presenters from other universities at home and abroad too. Expression of interest Teachers/researchers interested to share their experiential knowledge/research may express their interest to Head, DEML. Please write to shahed@northsouth.edu. Telephone: 8852000 ext: 2008.  

Spectrum Seminars

 DEML Spectrum Seminars   The Institute organizes weekend seminars where IML and English Department faculty discuss matters relating to language, ELT etc with students to motivate further exploration of the issues taught in the mainstream programs. The Spectrum Seminars can be attended by students of other universities too. DEML Spectrum Seminars Type DEML Spectrum Series is a succession of weekend seminars where mainly students will present their original academic research on literature, linguistics, language behaviour and communication in general. Objective Motivate undergraduate and graduate English students to conduct and present original and innovative research to enrich the scholarly body of literary and linguistic criticism. Duration Summer 2013-- Presenters Led and supervised by the English Department faculty members, students of the Department present their research into language, language teaching, and literature. DEML Spectrum Seminars and the Media The Spectrum series creates the platform for English students to present their research to a larger and more diverse audience through the print media and the NSU website.  

Language Workshops

 DEML Language Workshop Series   The Institute also offers language workshop events to the students of the University to motivate them to learn foreign languages. The workshop sessions are conducted by appropriately qualified and experienced instructors and have been very successful in assisting students to opt for the right languages from a wide range of choices. The sessions are open to all students at NSU.

RIT

 DEML Assistance for Research into Language Issues   The DEML has a Research and Information Team (RIT) composed of a group of meritorious students with research interests in language and related issues. Guided by the DEML director, the RIT members extend their assistance to the following: Speakers and presenters of DEML Spectrum Seminars and Discourse eventsFaculty members of NSU undertaking research projects where language issues are addressed.  

Upcoming Events
Previous Events

Discourse I: Discourse II: Language Workshops: Spectrum Seminars:

Intensive Course
RIT
Archive

   Section: A                               Discourse on Sounds of the Mother Tongue at NSU            Discourse on Language in the Army at NSU                        DEML Presidential Discourse            Discourse on language, publicity, and strategic communication            DEML Discourse I: NSU holds discussion on ‘Bangla Bhasha’            DEML Presidential Discourse: Language and Politics                 Section:   B                DEML Presentation on Teacher's Feedback in Language Classes     Section: C                          DEML Workshop Series event on Reporting Events at NSU               Section: D                           Opportunities and Requirements of Teaching English Globally           Facets of the Transformational Grammar

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