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.


 

 

Admission Requirements

For BA in English program

 

  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 in both S.S.C. and H.S.C.
  • 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
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

4.0

 90 – 92

 A-

3.7

 87 – 89

 B+

3.3

 83 – 86

 B Good

3.0

 80 – 82

 B-

2.7

 77 – 79

 C+

2.3

 73 – 76

 C Average

2.0

 70 – 72

 C-

1.7

 67 – 69

 D+

1.3

 60 – 66

 D Poor

1.0

 Below 60

 F* Failure

0.0

 

 I** Incomplete

0.0

 

 W** Withdrawal

0.0

 

 R** Retaken

0.0

*   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



Career
Publication
Conference & Seminars

 

                                                                        

 

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, former student of English Department and published jointly by Anyaprokash in collaboration with NSU on Sunday July 1, 2007 at 4:00PM in STR300.


           

                                      NAZRUL LECTURES

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

 

                        

Seminar on “Translating Shakespeare”

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

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

           


           

                                     First

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                   

        

                                     Second

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.                   

        

                                      Third

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.           

        

                                       Fourth

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.    

        



                                        Fifth

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. 

        

                                        Sixth

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

 

        

                                        Seventh

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

 

        

                                        Eighth

Performing Shakespeare by Mr. Aly Zakir

        

                                         Ninth

 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)


        

                                          Tenth

“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.

       

International Conference

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

Date: March 3-4 2016                                      

Keynote Speakers:

  • Adeline Koh

            Associate Professor, Stockton University, USA

  • Chaz Pugliese

         Presenter, Author, and Trainer

 

Discourse Series : DEML Presents -

Cultural Transfer, Rabindranath Tagore's Travels and Travel Writing

Speaker: Prof. Dr Fakrul Alam

Date: Wednesday 18 July, 2018

Time: 13:00-14:00 PM

Venue: PPG Conference Room (NAC1058)

 
  1. Topic: “Cross-linguistic Composition: Writing Skills and Self-report Strategies of UniversityStudents in Bangladesh”

Speaker: Mohammad Shamsuzzaman

PhD, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Assistant Professor of DEML, North South University, Bangladesh

 Date: 03 Oct. 2016

  1. 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 Nov. 2016

  1. Topic: “The reality of linguistic discrimination”

Speaker: Garga Chatterjee

PhD, Harvard University

Postdoc, MIT

Assistant Professor, Indian Statistical Institute, India

Date: 16 February 2017

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. “Topic: Neo-Slave Narratives and the Human, Man”

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 

 

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

Ms Tania Rahman

MA, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore

Lecturer of Department of English and Modern Languages,

North South University, Bangladesh

Date: 30 September 2018 

 

 



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)

  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. A range of writing skills
  7. Critical reasoning

 

Graduate Profile

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 the live in
  2. Appreciate the artistic works of fellow human beings
  3. Develop literary and linguistic aptitudes of their own
  4. Do 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

Chairman

Ph.D., Jawaharlal Nehru University, India 


Staff members

Mahboob Rasheed

Sr. Officer
Email: mahboob.rasheed@northsouth.edu
Ext.:2020

Masum Hossain

Officer
Email: masum.hossain@northsouth.edu
Ext.:2012

Ms. Tanjia Azmeen

Department Secretary
Email: tanjia.azmeen@northsouth.edu
Ext.:2021

Joynal Abedin

Faculty Assistant
Email: joynal.abedin@northsouth.edu
Ext.:6145
Contacts

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
 PhD in College of Education, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

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

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

 Ms. Mahjabeen Hussain (on Study Leave)
 MA in TESOL, University of Leeds, UK

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

 Ms. Nadia Kamal Al-Siraj (on Leave)
 MA in English, York University, Canada

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

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

 Ms. Shapla Perveen
 
MA in ESL, International Islamic University, Malaysia

 

Name of the faculty member with specialization in Linguistics

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

 Ms. Mousume Akhter Flora (on Leave)
 MA in English Language, University of London, UK

 Ms. Nadia Kamal Al-Siraj (on Leave)
 MA in Applied Linguistics, York University, Canada

 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 
 
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, Bombay University, India

 Dr. Deena P. Forkan
 Ph. D. in English, MA in English Literature & Language, The University of Toledo, USA

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

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

 Ms. Nazia Manzoor (on Study Leave)
 
MA in English, State University of New York at Albany, USA

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

 Ms. Samira Aziz    
 MA in English, University of Manchester, UK

 Mr. Rajiv Ashrafi
 MA in English Literature, University of Durham, 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




News

Department of English & Modern Languages

Mahboob Rasheed

Sr. Officer
Email: mahboob.rasheed@northsouth.edu
Ext.:2020

Masum Hossain

Officer
Email: masum.hossain@northsouth.edu
Ext.:2012

Ms. Tanjia Azmeen

Department Secretary
Email: tanjia.azmeen@northsouth.edu
Ext.:2021

Joynal Abedin

Faculty Assistant
Email: joynal.abedin@northsouth.edu
Ext.:6145
SAC

Table 1.1: Activity Schedule of Self-Assessment Committee

Date

Activities

23.2.17

Team-building meeting

24.3.17

Monthly check-in workshop

20.4.17

Faculty focus group discussion

30.4.17

Submission of curriculum review reports

14.10.17

Alumni meet

11.11.17

Career prospects for DEML students

7.12.17

Workshop on poetry

 

Self-Assessment Committee Members

Department of English and Modern Languages

North South University

 

Members:

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

workshop