Center of Excellence in Higher Education
The First Private University in Bangladesh

Institute of Modern Languages

Overview

Language performs a vital role in communication. Good proficiency in language is important since access to higher education depends on it.

The Institute of Modern Languages came into existence in 2009. Although its primary goal is to encourage and facilitate students’ learning of foreign languages at NSU, people from outside of NSU can also enroll in its language courses and participate in the wide range of events and activities it organizes for the students.

Since spring 2013, the Institute has offered language development and proficiency programs in the form of intensive courses in seven widely used international languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Arabic, and Bangla). Students enrolled in the Institute of Modern Languages have access to special classrooms equipped with multimedia and computer facilities. All IML courses are conducted by appropriately qualified and experienced instructors.

In addition to the language courses, the Institute also organizes a wide variety of special events, such as, seminars, IML lecture series events, and workshops to encourage research and raise language awareness and interest among students as well as the teachers of English at NSU and also of other universities in Bangladesh.

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 makes some reference to business or occupational English. Special emphasis is given on 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 an 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 an 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 enroll in CGP which is a short course in basic German. Classes are held between 10am and 12pm 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 the speaking and listening skills in Bangla. Special attention is given to enhancement of useful vocabulary. Certificates are awarded upon satisfactory completion of the course. Levels: Elementary & Intermediate

Certificate in Japanese Proficiency

CJP is an 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 8852000 ext: 2012 (11am – 12pm, weekdays) or Cell: 01819 00 778 and 01771 799 423

Discourse I

 IML Lecture Series


IML 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.

IML Discourse I

Type
High-profile, innovative lecture series by persons with diversified occupational experience of 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

 IML Lecture Series


IML Discourse II

               Type

IML 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

IML Discourse II, Panini, and the Media

IML 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, IML. Please write to shahed@northsouth.edu. Telephone: 8852000 ext: 2008.

Spectrum Seminars

 IML 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.

IML Spectrum Seminars

Type
IML Spectrum Series is a succession of weekend seminars where mainly students will present their original academic research on literature, linguistics, language behavior 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.

IML 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

 IML 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

 IML Assistance for Research into Language Issues


The IML has a Research and Information Team (RIT) composed of a group of meritorious students with research interest in language and related issues.

Guided by the IML director, the RIT members extend their assistance to the following:

Speakers and presenters of IML Spectrum Seminars and Discourse events
Faculty members of NSU undertaking research projects where language issues are addressed.

Upcoming Events


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Archive

   Section: A      


           
            Discourse on Sounds of the Mother Tongue at NSU

            Discourse on Language in the Army at NSU
           
            IML Presidential Discourse

            Discourse on language, publicity, and strategic communication

            IML Discourse I: NSU holds discussion on ‘Bangla Bhasha’

            IML Presidential Discourse: Language and Politics

           


   Section:   B    

           ML Presentation on Teacher's Feedback in Language Classes 



   Section: C    

         
          
IML Workshop Series event on Reporting Events at NSU
           



   Section: D      

        
          
Opportunities and Requirements of Teaching English Globally

           Facets of the Transformational Grammar