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

Department of English & Modern Languages

About Us

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

Admission Requirements

For BA in English program


  • Combined GPA of 8.0 in both SSC and HSC with minimum GPA 3.5 in each.
  • Minimum average grade point of 2.5 in five subjects in O-level and 2.0 in two subjects in A-level.


Note: Admission test is waived for candidates with minimum score of 1200 in SAT (Math + Critical Reading) and TOEFL score of 213 in CBT or 79 in IBT or 5.5 in IELTS.


For MA in English program


  • Four years’ B.A. in English with a CGPA of at least 2.75
  • At least a second class in a three years’ BA in English
  • MA/MS in subjects of liberal arts & social sciences.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and Other Fees


Grading Policy

Letter grades indicating the quality of course work completed is interpreted as follows

Numerical Scores

Letter Grade

Grade Points Per Credit

 93 and above

 A Excellent


 90 – 92



 87 – 89



 83 – 86

 B Good


 80 – 82



 77 – 79



 73 – 76

 C Average


 70 – 72



 67 – 69



 60 – 66

 D Poor


 Below 60

 F* Failure



 I** Incomplete



 W** Withdrawal



 R** Retaken


*   Credits for courses with this grade do not apply towards graduation.

** Credits for courses with this grade do not apply towards graduation and they are not accepted in the calculation of the grade point average.

The exact cut off points for assigning letter grades is at the, discretion of individual instructor. The same applies to the assignment of + or - after a letter grade. It is meant to give more flexibility so that shades of performance can be distinguished and rewarded. The + and - has a value of 0.3 grade point. In the Grade sheet please write + or – in letters as well. Ex. B+(plus) or C(plain) etc.

Undergraduate Program


BA in English

Graduate Program


MA in English

Conference & Seminars


Seminar on “Translating Shakespeare”

The DEML organized a Seminar on “Translating Shakespeare” on Saturday, March 6, 2004, at 10:00 AM in the Self-Access Center.

Dr Selim Sarwar, Associate Professor, and Mr Abdus Selim, Assistant Professor of DEML, North South University, presented papers.




Professor Abdul Mannan Syed, Scholar in Residence at NSU gave his first Nazrul Lecture on “Nazrul Islam: 1922
Date: September 21st, 2006, Thursday, Time : 4:00 pm
Venue: Star Tower 1102, North South University


The Department of English and Modern Languages organized a book launch   Ceremony of Hamayun Ahmed’s  “To the Woods Dark and Deep” translated by Fariha Sultana, a former student of English Department and published jointly by Anyaprokash in collaboration with NSU on Sunday, July 1, 2007, at 4:00 PM in STR300.



The DEML organized the first colloquium series by Mr. Murtaja Baseer on his recent paintings held on July 19, 2007 (Thursday) at 11:00 AM in Self Access Centre.



Our second event in the department colloquium series was held on Thursday, November 29, 2007, at 3:30 p.m. in Self Access Center (2nd Floor, DEML). M. Harunur Rashid, Professor of DEML, North South University and Chairman, Bangla Academy, spoke on the art of translation as well as his own works of translation, while an open discussion followed his talk. Our country’s leading translators, creative writers, scholars, and academics, among others, attended the colloquium.



Our third event—poetry reading—in the department colloquium series was held on Thursday, January 31, 2008, at 3:00 p.m. in Self Access Center (2nd Floor, English Department).  The event featured Sabahat Jahan, Melissa Hussain, Azfar Hussain, and others. Distinguished Poet Muhammad Nurul Huda came as the guest of honor.



Our fourth event in the department colloquium series was held on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. in Self Access Center (2nd Floor, DEML).  Feroza Begum, the country’s legendary Nazrul-geeti singer and musician, spoke on her experiences of Nazrul’s music as well as her own encounters with him, while an open discussion was followed after her talk.



Our fifth event in the department colloquium series was held on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 3:30 p.m. in Self Access Center (2nd Floor, DEML).  Prof. Aminul Islam, Professor of Philosophy, Dhaka University, spoke on Philosophy in Bangladesh, while an open discussion was followed after his talk.



Literature, Culture and Political Economy, Prof. Anu Mohammad on  July 1, 2008, at seminar room.



Moved by Music: A Talk on Traveling with Songs by Moushimi Bhowmik on March 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm.



Performing Shakespeare by Mr. Aly Zakir



Emily Dickinson: The Language of Consciousness and the Consciousness of Language

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Masud Mahmood, Professor of English, Chittagong University

September 30th, 2010 (Thursday)


“The Place of culture in English Language teaching” the keynote speaker was Ms. Ayesha Kamal,  English language lecturer, Kuwait University. Held on June 26, 2011, at NAC 620.



National Conference

"The Influence of Shakespeare"

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Serajul Islam Choudhury

Professor Emeritus, Department of English

University of Dhaka

Date: December 14-15, 2012

International Conference

"The River: Flows of Innovation and Exchange in the Global(i)zed English World"                              

Keynote Speakers: Adeline Koh,

Associate Professor, Stockton University, USA

Chaz Pugliese

Presenter, Author, and Trainer

Date: March 3-4 2016    


Discourse and Colloquium Series: DEML Presents -

Topic: "Cross-linguistic Composition: Writing Skills and Self-report Strategies of University Students in Bangladesh"

Speaker: Mohammad Shamsuzzaman

PhD, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Assistant Professor of DEML, North South University, Bangladesh

Date: 03 October 2016

Topic: "The South Asian and Postcolonial Traditions and Our Anglophone Individual Talents"

Speaker: Kaiser Haq

PhD, Warwick University

Professor of English Literature, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Date: 28 November 2016

Topic: "The reality of linguistic discrimination"

Speaker: Garga Chatterjee

PhD, Harvard University

Postdoc, MIT

Assistant Professor, Indian Statistical Institute, India

Date: 16 February 2017

Topic: "The disjuncture of the Non-Resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) and the fall of translation industry"

Speaker: Manosh Chowdhury

PhD, Hiroshima University, Japan

Professor, Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh

Date: 09 July 2017

Workshop: DEML Presents -

Topic: "Teacher Training and Creative Writing"


  1. Dr. Razia Sultanta Khan,

Professor, Independent University (IUB)

  1. Dr. Arifa Rahman

Professor, Independent University (IUB)

Date: August 4, 2017

Topic: "An Investigation of Correlation between Instructors' Backgrounds and L2 Writing Teaching in the EFL Context of Bangladesh"

Speaker: Mohammad Shamsuzzaman

PhD, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Assistant Professor, English, North South University, Bangladesh

Date: 25 October 2017

Topic: "Confidence Building is Central to English Language Teaching in the South Asian Post Colonies"

Speaker: Asantha U. Attanayake Barborich

PhD, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Senior Lecturer, English, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Date: 22 November 2017


Topic: "A Conversation about Difficult Dialogues"

Speaker: Sue C. Jacobs

PhD, University of Southern Mississippi

Professor, Applied Health and Educational Psychology, Oklahoma State University, USA

Date: 20 February 2018

Topic: “Academic Research, Publication, and Teaching Skills"


  1. Dr. Eugene Hammond, Stony Brook University, New York.
  2. Dr. Shyam Sharma, Stony Brook University, New York.

Date: 27 & 28 May 2018

Topic: "Cultural Transfer, Rabindranath Tagore’s Travels and Travel Writing"

Speaker: Fakrul Alam

PhD, University of British Columbia

Professor of English Literature & Pro-Vice-Chancellor at East West University, Bangladesh

Date: 18 July 2018

Topic: "Neo-Slave Narratives and the Human, Man"

Speaker: Ms. Nazia Manzoor

MA, SUNY at Albany, USA

Senior Lecturer of Department of English and Modern Languages, North South University, Bangladesh

Date: 14 August 2018  

Topic: "The Debate on Medium of Instruction and the Need & Prospect for a Balancing Act Approach in ELT in Bangladesh"

Speaker: Ms. Tania Rahman

MA, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore

Lecturer of the Department of English and Modern Languages,

North South University, Bangladesh

Date: 30 September 2018 

Topic: "Itinerary for International Women`s Day Event"


  1. Prof. Dr. Sadeka Halim, Acting Dean, School of Social Sciences.
  2. Dr. Rubana Huq, Managing Director, Mohammadi Group.
  3. Ms. Nomita Halder, Teacher, Baptist Mission Integrated School.
  4. Prof. Anisuzzaman, National Professor and Prof. Emeritus Dhaka University, Chairman Bangla Academy.
  5. Mr. Asif Islam, Editor, Strategy and Planning at Dhaka Tribune.
  6. Prof. Shireen Huq, Professor and ex-Chair Department of English and Modern Languages.
  7. Ms. Shah Nylah Safi, Senior Student, Department of English and Modern Languages

Date: 14 March 2019

Topic: "What NOT to do to improve your reading skills"

Speaker: Dr. Mark Bartholomew

PhD in Economic History, University of Oxford.

M.Ed. in Education Management, University of Sheffield.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (PgDip), University of Cambridge.

Date: 11 April 2019

Topic: "Research, Grantwriting, and Quality Assurance"


  1. Dr. Shyam Sharma, Stony Brook University, New York.
  2. Dr. Cynthia Davidson, Stony Brook University, New York.
  3. Ms. Mary Ann Duffy, Stony Brook University, New York.

Date: 27 & 28 May 2019 

Topic: "Poetry Reading & Haibun Workshop"

Speaker: Ms. Rochelle Potkar

Fiction Writer & Poet from Mumbai, India

Date: 24 June 2019

Topic: "An Overview on Educational Technologies in Bangladesh"

Speaker: Dr. Shirin Shafiei Ebrahimi

Postdoctoral Fellow in Education,

University lecturer in English,

School of Education,
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Date: 25 August 2019

Topic: "Partition Literature & Epar Ganga Opar Ganga-A Creative Statement on Displacement and Violence"

Speaker: Professor Subhoranjan Dasgupta

PhD, Heidelberg University, Germany

Date: 18 November 2019

Language League 2019

Number of Participants: 1948

Chief Guest: Mr. Muhammad Abdul Mannan, MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Planning and Dr. Murad Hasan, MP, Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Information

Date: 18 and 19 October 2019

Topic: "IQAC External Review"

Date: April 3, 2020

Title:  “Closing and Certificate giving ceremony of “UPL-NSU Translation Workshop”


Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury

Chief Coordinator of Bangabandhu Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee

Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan

President, Bangla Academy

Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam

Novelist & Literary Critic

Professor Atiqul Islam

Vice-Chancellor, NSU

Mr. Habibullah Siraji

Director-General, Bangla Academy

Mohiuddin Ahmed

Publisher of Emeritus, UPL

Date: July 25, 2020

Webinar“Feedback and Engagement During Online Classes”

Speaker: Ms. Jo Leech


Date: August 22, 2020

Webinar: “An Evening with Poet Richard Grove”

Speaker: Richard Marvin Grove

Arts Administration Diploma program, Humber College

Date: October 7, 2020

Topic: “APA7

Speaker: Rajiv Ashrafi

Lecturer, NSU

Date: November 5, 2020

Webinar: “The role of the Sylheti-Bengali diglossia, orality and multilingualism in promoting public health amongst UK Bangladeshis”

Speaker: Dr. Chris Tang

PhD, University of London

Lecturer, University of London

Date: November 7, 2020

Topic: “Writing a Course Outline”

Date: November 8, 2020

Webinar: “Conversation Analysis: On the interdisciplinary of Linguistics, Communication and Medicine”

Speaker: Dr. Lim Ni Eng

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Date: November 21, 2020

Topic: “Book Review Writing”


Kazi Akib Bin Asad, Editor-In-Charge, SHOUT

Sarah Anjum Bari, Editor, Daily Star Books

Date: November 25, 2020

Webinar: "What’s Next?"

Higher Studies and Career Opportunity for English Majors

Speaker: Sadi Mohammad Shahnewaz, Sub Editor, Arts & Entertainment, The Daily Star

Shababa Iqbal, Trainee Sub Editor, Arts & Entertainment and Star Youth, The Daily Star

Nusaiba Mirza, Senior Executive, Project & Digital Engagement, Banglalink Digital

Date: November 27, 2020

Webinar: "Identity Co-construction in Flirting"

Speaker: Dr. Kadek Ratih Dwi Oktarini

PhD in Humanities, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Date: December 5, 2020

Webinar: "Outcome-based curriculum design and implementation: Problems, Strategies and Implications for English Language Teaching at two private universities in Dhaka, Bangladesh"


1. Ms Tania Rahman

MA in Applied Linguistics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

MA in Applied Linguistics and ELT, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

2. Sabreena Ahmed

PhD in TESL, International Islamic University, Malaysia

Date: 27 February 2021

Webinar: "How do children go about acquiring and using multiple languages in daily interactions?"

SpeakerDr. Yvonne Tse Crepaldi

PhD in Linguistics, Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Date20 March 2021

Webinar: "To Commemorate International Women`s Day 2021"

 Speaker: Dr. Tonima Tasnim Ananna, A Bangladeshi astrophysicist

Date: 10 April 2021

Webinar: "Book Editing and publishing"

Conducted by Nuzaimul Hoq Xishan, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Worthy Books

Date: 12 April 2021

Discourse Series Webinar: Title: "Post-truth challenges and challenging post-truth: Language educators in Bangladesh"

Speaker: Dr. Obaidul Hamid, Senior Lecturer,

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland, Australia.

Date: 26 June, Saturday, 2021

Title: "Ideological becoming’: Integrating critical pedagogy in English Language teacher


Speaker: Dr. Prem Phyak, PhD in Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii,

Assistant Professor, Department of English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Date: 24 July, Saturday 2021

Title: "Religiosity, risk and language: a corpus analysis of Bangladeshi YouTube discourse about COVID-19"

Speaker: Dr. Chris Tang, PhD in Applied Linguistics and Public Health Communication, University of London.

Ms Tania Rahman, Senior Lecturer, North South University

Date: Date: 24 July, Saturday 2021

Webinar Title: “Confronting Discourses of Competition in TESOL through BI/Pluri/Multilingual Pedagogies: Ways to Support Local Language Resources of Students in English Classrooms”

Speaker: Mr. Kashif Raza, Lecturer, Qatar University, Qatar

PhD in Educational Research

University of Calgary, Canada

Date: 23 October 2021

Webinar Title: “Furthering the boundaries linguistic landscapes research through translanguaging”

Speaker: Dr. Josh Prada, Assistant Professor, University of Purdue”

PhD in Hispanic Linguistic

Texas Tech University, USA

Date: 13 November 2021

Webinar Title: “Speech Acts: Learning cross-cultural differences form Literary Works”

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Maya Khemlani David, Honorary Professor, Asia Europe Institute

PhD, University of Malaya

Date: 27 November 2021

Webinar: “Reclaiming ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Mother Tongues: Revivalistics and Wellbeing

Speaker: Prof. Ghil`ad Zuckermann

D.Phil., Oxford; Ph.D., Cambridge Titular

Date: 26 February 2022

Webinar: “The Assemblage of the Dead: Speech, Subjectivity, and Being Human”

Speaker: Assistant Professor, Dr. Nazia Manzoor

Ph.D., University at Albany, State University of New York

Date: 12 March 2022

Discourse: Pre-Conference Presentation (Digital Skills and Life-Long Learning)

Speaker: Dr. Deena Forkan

Ph.D, University of Toledo, USA

Date: 20 March 2022

Seminar: “USA Exchange Program”

Date: 22 March 2022

 Language League 2021 (National & International)

Number of Participants: Around 30,000

Chief Guest: Mr. Muhammad Abdul Mannan, MP, 

Honorable Minister, Ministry of Planning 

Date: 25 March & 1 April 2022

Workshop: Women’s Day 2022, “Still I Rise: Expression and Experiences”

Date: 29 March 2022

Webinar: “Policy Development in TESOL, and Multilingualism: Possibilities for Future Collaboration”

Speaker:1.  Mr. Kashif Raza

Ph.D. in Educational Progress, University of Calgary, Canada

Speaker:2.  Dr. Christine Coombe

Ph.D. in Foreign/Second Language Education, Ohio State University, USA

Speaker:3.  Dr. Dudley Reynolds

Ph.D., Linguistics, Indiana University, USA

Date: 04 April 2022

2nd International Language League

Number of Participants: 30,000

Competition starts and ends: 19 December 2021 to 1 April 2022

Chief Guest: Mr. Muhammad Abdul Mannan, MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Planning

Prize-giving ceremony date: 2 April 2022

Seminar: “Socially Just Educational Measurement: Are Educational Language Tests Measuring Up?”

Dr. Gregory Tweedie, Associate Professor, University of Calgary

Date: 26 July 2022

Workshop: “IELTS Training Session”

Dr. Gregory Tweedie, Associate Professor, University of Calgary

Date: 27 July 2022

Workshop: "Grant Writing"

Speaker: 1. Dr. Mahmuda Sharmin, PhD, University of Memphis

  1. Dr. Md. Nesar Uddin, PhD, University of Memphis

Date: 10 August 2022

International Conference: Titled “Ruptures and Resilience: English Studies in the Now”

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dana Lynn Driscoll,

Professor of English and Director

Jones White Writing Center, Indianan University of Pennsylvania, USA

Plenary Speaker

  1. Dr. Mohammad A. Quayum, Honorary Professor, Flinders University, South Australia
  2. Dr. Anwar Ahmed, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
  3. Prof. A.M.M. Hamidur Rahman, Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Daffodil International University
  4. Dr. Manzoorul Abedin, Associate Professor, University of West London, UK

Distinguished Speaker

  1. Dr. Niaz Zaman, Advisor, Independent University
  2. Dr. Razia Sultana Khan, Advisor, Independent University
  3. Dr. Syed Manzoorul Islam, Professor, ULAB
  4. Dr. Fakrul Alam, Supernumerary Professor, University of Dhaka
  5. Dr. Kaiser Haq, Professor, ULAB
  6. Dr. Shireen Huq, Professor & Former Chairman, NSU
  7. Dr. Deena P Forkan, Professor & Former Chairman, NSU

Date: 4 & 5 November 2022

Creative Writing Workshop on CHARACTER ESTABLISHMENT


Senior Lecturer

DEML & Fulbright English Language Fellow

Date: 22 December 2022

Seminar: Dhaka Lit Fest (DLF) 2023

NSU, Silver Sponsor

Panellist: 1. Dr. A.Q.M.A. Rahman Bhuiyan

Professor and Chair

Department of English and Modern Languages, NSU

2. Dr. Deena P Forkan

Professor, Department of English and Modern Languages, NSU

3. Dr. Nazia Manzoor

Assistant Professor, Department of English and Modern Languages, NSU

4. Allen Stewart (ELF)

Senior Lecturer, Department of English and Modern Languages, NSU

Date: 5-8January  2023

Creative Writing Workshop on CHARACTER EXPLORATION


Senior Lecturer

DEML & Fulbright English Language Fellow

Date: 2 March 2023


Speaker: Sudeep Chakravarti

Associate Professor, South Asian Studies Director, Center for South Asian Studies

University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh

Date: 12 March 2023


Dr. Gregory Tweedie

Associate Professor, Werkland School of Education

University of Calgary, Canada

Date: 10 May 2023

Discourse: "The Gender Politics of Language"

Ms. Firdous Azim

Professor, Department of English, Brac University

Date: 26 September 2023





Mission & Vision

Vision of the Program

The Department of English & Modern Languages (DEML) seeks to prepare competent professionals who will have the ability to integrate and cooperate with all areas of society. Students will be able to master a variety of literary, analytical, pedagogical, and theoretical skills which areessential in English studies. They will also learn how to balance the needs of general education –humanities, social sciences, computer and math skills, and natural sciences- with those of their majors (linguistics, literature, and TESOL).


Mission Of the Program

The mission of the Department of English & Modern Languages (DEML) is to help the students develop the understanding of language, the importance of critical reading and effective writing, and the range and breadth of knowledge in TESOL, linguistics, and literature. Our faculty members are dedicated in producing skilled graduates in diverse fields.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

To Create:

  1. Well- articulate and eloquent speakers
  2. Creative and professional writers
  3. Critical and analytical thinkers
  4. Skilled Researchers

PE1- Expertise: Excel as professionals in English Language and Literature by building upon the reasoning skills and knowledge, team – work abilities, and communication skills acquired through the program.

PE2- Enhancement: Participate in lifelong-learning activities that enhance their professional and personal development through continuing studies including graduate studies, professional trainings and licensure.

PE3- Engagement: Demonstrate globally aware social justice, ethical and leadership role and responsibilities through personal and professional contributions to society.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

On successful completion of the program the students will:

  1. Demonstrate substantial knowledge of various theories under the three sub-domains of English studies.
  2. Analyze language and literary texts from a variety of philosophical & critical methodologies.
  3. Produce literary works, research papers, and journalistic pieces.
  4. Edit and Review literary works, research papers, and journalistic pieces.
  5. Assess the intersectional nodes of linguistic, literary and language teaching barriers.
  6. Perform and publish research under supervision.
  7. Gain practical training in pedagogy.
  8. Adopt scientific methods to analyze a variety of discourse.


Generic Skills

The program enables the students to develop :

  1. Effective communication skills
  2. A range of writing skills
  3. Interpersonal skills that will aid in teamwork, leadership and networking.
  4. Real life problem- solving skills
  5. Self-management skills
  6. Critical reasoning


Graduate Profile

The graduate profile describes the attributes students should have when they graduate. Our students will graduate from a program in which the opportunities for local and global engagement are a dominant feature of the student experience. The program enables the students to:

  1. Discover more about the world they live in
  2. Appreciate the artistic works of fellow human beings
  3. Develop literary and linguistic aptitudes of their own
  4. Do an interdisciplinary course to get a variegated general education
  5. Acquire specialized knowledge to do research work
  6. Become efficient English Language teachers
  7. Develop critical and analytical skills
  8. Acquire knowledge of skills needed for employment in the media industry
  9. Acquire problem-solving skills existing in the globalized English scenario


These attributes will be reflected in the formal curriculum and tested through academic assessment. Opportunities to develop these qualities will be available to all students through formal and informal learning opportunities.

Chairman's Message

The Department of English & Modern Languages offers graduate and undergraduate programs in English which give students an opportunity to know and appreciate the science of language as well as the literary works of English and to develop literary and linguistic aptitudes of their own.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Master of Arts (MA) programs in English are divided into three lines of specialization: TESOL, Linguistics, and Literature. The degrees are recommended for students interested in a strong background in the humanities with a concentration on language and literature. The degrees also enable the graduate to pursue careers in the academic as well as the non-academic world.

The freshmen and the sophomores get an opportunity to do interdisciplinary courses to enable themselves to get a wide range of general education. By the third year, they have an option to major in one or two of the above mentioned three streams i.e. Linguistics, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL), and Literature. Thus, they not only get a variety of options to choose from, but also equip themselves with essential skills in specialized areas. Currently, almost 85% of the undergraduate students are majoring in linguistics in DEML, while nearly 95% of the graduate students opted for TESOL.

The department includes faculty members who have a broad range of professional competence in literature and language, and who are trained to teach courses in language study, linguistics, translation, world cultures, world literature and teaching English as a foreign language.

The department also offers a number of foreign language courses for the students of the university as well as for people from outside NSU. Since Spring 2013, the department 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). 

In addition to the foreign language courses, the department also organizes a variety of activities such as the Spectrum Seminars (seminar series), Discourse I and II (lecture series), and language workshops to raise language awareness and generate research interest in language and related issues among the students as well as the faculty members of NSU.


Dr. AQMA Rahman Bhuiyan


Ph.D., Jawaharlal Nehru University, India 

Staff members

Mahboob Rasheed

Sr. Officer

Masum Hossain


Ms. Tanjia Azmeen

Department Secretary

Joynal Abedin

Faculty Assistant

Department of English and Modern Languages (DEML)

North Academic Building- NAC957 - NAC959

North South University

Plot-15, Block - B, Bashundhara, Dhaka-1229, Bangladesh
+880-2-55668200, Ext. 2020/2021/2012  |   Fax: +880-2-55668202

Faculty Information

Name of the faculty member with specialization in TESOL

 Dr. Mohammad Shamsuzzaman
 Ph.D. in College of Education, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

 Dr. Sukanto Roy
Ph.D. in Composition & TESOL, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

 Dr. Shakila Nur
Ph.D. in TESOL, University of Tasmania, Australia

 Dr. Shapla Perveen
Ph.D. in ESL, International Islamic University, Malaysia

 Ms. Nasreen Rahman
 MA in TESOL, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

 Ms. Sakiba Ferdousy
 MA in TESOL, University of Nottingham, UK

 Ms. Michelle Draper 
 MA in TESOL, Nottingham University, UK

 Ms. Nausheen Saba Siraj   
 MEd in TESOL, University of Sydney, Australia

 Ms. Shahneela Tasmin Sharmi
MA in TESOL, University of Nottingham, UK

 Ms. Ashrafun Nahar
 MA in TESOL, University of Huddersfield, UK


Name of the faculty member with specialization in Linguistics

 Mr. Mohammed Shahedul Haque
 MA in English Linguistics, University of Central England, UK

 Ms. Farzana Mohsin  
 MA in Applied Linguistics, University of Bedfordshire, UK

 Ms. Nasrin Pervin 
 MA in Linguistics, Nottingham Trent University, UK

 Ms. Musharrat Hossain 
 MA in English (TESL & Linguistics), Oklahoma State University, USA

 Ms. Nasreen Sultana Rahman 
M.Phil. in English Language, University of Oslo, Norway

 Ms. Sameya Priom (On leave)
MA in Psycholinguistics, University of York, UK

 Mr. Mehedi Hasan 
MA in Applied Linguistics, University of Birmingham, UK

 Ms. Tania Rahman 
MA in Applied Linguistics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Name of the faculty members with specialization in Literature

 Dr. Khaliquzzaman M Elias
 Ph.D. in English, Howard University, USA

 Dr. Shireen Huq
 Ph.D. in English Literature, Bombay University, India

 Dr. Deena P. Forkan
 Ph. D. in English Literature, University of Toledo, USA

 Dr. AQMA Rahman Bhuiyan
 Ph.D. in English Literature, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

 Dr. Nazia Manzoor
Ph.D. in English, University at Albany, State University of New York, USA

 Mr. Shakhaowat Hossain
MA in British Literature and Cultural Studies, University of Regensburg, Germany

 Mr. Shafquat Chaudhuri 
 MA in English, State University of New York at Binghamton, USA

 Ms. Samira Aziz  (On leave)
 MA in Contemporary Literature and Culture, University of Manchester, UK

 Mr. Shafyat Nazam Rasul
MA in Creative Writing, University of Westminster, UK

 Mr. Saleheen S Ahmed
MA in English Literary Studies, University of Exeter, UK

 Mr. Naveed Islam
 MA in Creative Writing, Columbia University, USA

 Ms. Sumaiya Tasneem Haque
MA in Post Colonial Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, UK

 Mr. Atanu Bhuiyan 
 MA in English Literary Studies, University of York, UK

 Mr. Sheikh Zobaer
MA in English Literature, University of Surrey, UK


Department of English & Modern Languages

Mahboob Rasheed

Sr. Officer

Masum Hossain


Ms. Tanjia Azmeen

Department Secretary

Joynal Abedin

Faculty Assistant

Table 1.1: Activity Schedule of Self-Assessment Committee




Team-building meeting


Monthly check-in workshop


Faculty focus group discussion


Submission of curriculum review reports


Alumni meet


Career prospects for DEML students


Workshop on poetry


Self-Assessment Committee Members

Department of English and Modern Languages

North South University



  1. Shireen Huq
  2. Atanu Bhuiyan
  3. Mehedi Hasan