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

Ms. Tania Rahman

Full Time Faculty
Senior Lecturer

MA in Applied Linguistics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
MA in English, Dhaka University, Bangladesh
BA in English, Dhaka University, Bangladesh

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext-6134
Email: rahman.tania@northsouth.edu
Office: NAC962, Level 9, NAC Building, NSU.

 
CURRICULUM VITAE  

Ms. Tania Rahman is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of English and Modern Languages of North South University.

Ms. Tania is studying PhD at the Institute of Modern Languages of University of Dhaka. Her research topic is "Language, Maintenance, Shift and Identity among the migrant Santals in Dhaka". Earlier, she completed her MA in Applied Linguistics degree from the National Institute of Education of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She wrote her dissertation on language planning for indigenous minorities in Bangladesh. Her dissertation title was: A Framework for Language-in-Education Planning for Linguistic Minorities in Bangladesh. She also received MA in Applied Linguistics and ELT and BA Honors in English degrees from Department of English of Faculty of Arts, University of Dhaka.

She is proficient in Bangla as her native language and in English as her second language. She is also proficient in Hindi and Urdu and has basic language skills in Japanese and Arabic.

She is also skilled in qualitative research.

Ms. Tania Rahman has published papers with publishing companies such as Routledge, Taylor & Francis, and Springer.

 

Book Chapter

Rahman, T. (in press). “A Balancing Act approach to Language-in-Education policy and planning in Bangladesh: Rethinking the current trend”. In S. Sultana, M. M. Roshid, M. Z. Haider and M. M. N. Kabir, M. H. Khan (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of English Language Education in Bangladesh,  London, UK: Routledge.

Chee-Hoo Lum & Tania Rahman (2013). Contextualizing Band Directing in a Singapore Primary School: Questioning Function and Significance. Chapter 14, Part 6: Band Directing in Primary School. In Chee-Hoo Lum (ed.), Contextualised practices on arts education: An international dialogue on Singapore. Dordrecht: Springer. URL: http://www.springer.com/education+%26+language/book/978-981-4560-54-2

Published Journal Papers-Refereed

Rahman, T. (2010). A multilingual language-in-education policy for indigenous minorities in Bangladesh: challenges and possibilities, Current Issues in Language Planning, 11: 4, 341-59.

Rahman, T. (2010). Colloquial versus Standard in Singaporean Language Policies. Language in India, 10: 12 (December 2010), 1 – 27.

Cavallaro, F. P. and Rahman, T. (2009). Santals of Bangladesh. The Linguistics Journal. Special Edition (September 2009), Language, Culture and Identity in Asia, pp. 192-220.

 

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NSU CTRG 2019-2020 Research Grant. Project Tilte: Outcome Based Curriculum Design and Implementation: Problems, Strategies and Implications for English Language Teaching at two private universities in Dhaka, Bangladesh (Status: Ongoing).

Certificate on participation in the Ikebana Workshop conducted by the Bangladesh Ikebana Association (BIA), at the Institute of Modern Languages (IML), University of Dhaka (DU).

Certificate in Elementary Japanese Language Course by Institute of Modern Languages (IML), University of Dhaka (DU).

University Merit Scholarship, University of Dhaka.

Gold Medal, HSC result (2nd in the Combined Merit List of Humanities Group, Dhaka Board), Ideal School and College.

Gold Medal, SSC result (1st in the Combined Merit List of Humanities Group, Dhaka Board), Ideal School and College.

State Award for SSC result, Ministry of Education, People's Republic of Bangladesh, 1996

Rotary International Award for SSC result.

PhD in English Language (Ongoing), Department of English Language, Institute of Modern Languages, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

MA (Applied Linguistics), National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

MA in Applied Linguistics and ELT (Jointly 3rd in the merit list), Department of English, University of Dhaka

BA Honors in English, Department of English, University of Dhaka

 

Senior Lecturer (Full Time), Department o English & Modern Languages (DEML), North South University

Lecturer (Full Time), Department of English & Modern Languages (DEML), North South University

Other Responsibilities:

Coordinator, DEML Discourse Series (Summer 2019-till date).

  • Organized the Poetry Reading & Haibun Workshop conducted by Ms. Rochelle Potkar, Indian poet & fiction writer from Mumbai, on Monday, 24 June, 2019 at the SHSS Dean’s Conference Room from 13:00-15:30 pm.
  • Organized the lecture entitled “Partition Literature & Epar Ganga Opar Ganga- A Creative Statement on Displacement and Violence” by Prof. Dr. Shubhoranjan Dasgupta on Monday, 18 november. 2019 at the SHSS Dean’s Conference Room from 13:00-15:30 pm.

Co-ordinator, EAP Course English 102: Introduction to Composition (Fall 2017- till date)

Coordinator, MA Comprehensive Exam (Fall 2017- till date)

Member, Institutional Curriculum Formatting Committee (ICFC) of IQAC, NSU (Spring 2019-till date). Working on curriculum formatting of DEML.

Worked for IQAC Physical Infrastructure Review Committee of DEML (submitted the Physical Infrastructure Review report on 30-04-2017)

Member, Drafting a proposal to Establish a Center of Excellence for Learning and Teaching (CELT) at North South University (March-May 2018)

Member, Drafting a proposal to design a program on Certification in Tertiary Education Teaching (CTET) at North South University (July-December 2018)

Wrote an article for publication at the IQAC’s Project Completion Souvenir as a publication covering the journey of the IQAC at NSU (published).

Tutor, Division of Linguistics & Multilingual Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Taught Fundamentals of Linguistics, Language in Society

Lecturer (Full Time), Department of English, American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB)

Courses Taught:

English Reading Skills and Public Speaking

English Writing Skills and Communications

Introduction to Sociolinguistics 

Second Language Acquisition and Development

Phonetics and Phonology

Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis

Psycholinguistics

Teaching Practicum

Lecturer (Full Time), Department of English, Dhaka City College

Taught English Language and Literature courses under National University curriculum

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE IN SINGAPORE

Research Associate, Office of Education Research (OER), NIE, NTU, Singapore

Projects:

  1. Arts Research on Teachers and Students (ARTS3): Cultures and leverages in nurturing adaptive capacities (OER 44/12 TLS), OER (Office of Education Research), NIE, Singapore.
  2. Curriculum Innovation and the nurturing of Twenty-first Century Learners (OER54/12 TLS), OER (Office of Education Research), NIE, Singapore.

Research Assistant, Centre for Arts & Research Education, UNESCO/Department of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), NIE, NTU, Singapore

Project: Images of Practice (Band Education), UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE), NIE, Singapore

Research Assistant, English Language & Literature (ELL), NIE, NTU, Singapore.

Conference Proceedings:

Presented a research paper entitled "The Relevance of Outcome-based Education (OBE) in English Language Teaching at the Tertiary Level and the Need for a Bi-/Multilingual Language-in-Education Policy in Bangladesh" at the Regional IML two day Conference on Friday 28 February 2020 at 0400-0430 pm at Room 303 at the Institute of Modern Languages (IML), University of Dhaka.

Presented a research paper entitled "Bi-/multilingualism, Language Shift and Maintenance of a Migrant Tribal Community in Dhaka: Implications for a Bi-/Multilingual Language-in-Education Policy & Family Language Policy for Tribal Minorities in Bangladesh" at the Regional IML two-day Conference on Friday 28 February 2020 at 1130 am-1200 pm at Room 303 at the Institute of Modern Languages (IML), University of Dhaka.

Presented a research paper entitled "Outcome Based Education (OBE), the debate on Medium of Instruction and the relevance of a Balancing Act in ELT in Bangladesh" at the two-day International Conference on English Language and Literature entitled Rethinking Disciplinary Diversity: Challenges of Teaching English in the 21st Century held on 15 November 2018 organized by the Department of English and Humanities, BRAC University.

Presented a research paper entitled "Outcome Based Education (OBE) and the debate on Medium of Instruction in ELT in Bangladesh" on 26th September (Wednesday) 2018 sponsored and organized by IQAC, NSU.

Presented a research paper entitled "The Debate on Medium of Instruction and the Need & Prospect for a Balancing Act Approach in ELT in Bangladesh" on Sunday, September 30, 2018 organized by the Discourse Series of the Department of English & Modern Languages (DEML), NSU.

Presented a research paper entitled Personal naming among the Santals in Bangladesh: Implications for maintenance of language and identity, Paper presented at 9th International Symposium on Bilingualism, 10-13 June 2013, organized by Department of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, Nanyang Technological University. Key sponsors: Nanyang Technological University, Multilingual Matters, John Benjamins, Cambridge University Press, Rutledge-Taylor and Francis Group, De Gruyter-Mouton and Springer.

Eng 334: Sociolinguistics

Eng 307: Semantics & Pragmatics

Eng 311: Semantics

Eng 200: Structure of English

Eng 105: Advanced Composition

Eng 103: Intermediate Composition

Eng 102: Introduction to Composition

 

 

Membership

Worked as member of several committees of IQAC, NSU.

Alumnus, English Language and Literature (ELL) Academic Group, National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Alumnus, Department of English, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

Trainings 

Attended a training workshop on: "Formatting Curriculum in line with OBE" for the Faculty Members on Thursday, 18 April, 2019 at the Faculty Lounge, NSU.

Attended a workshop on 'Outcome Based Education (OBE) and Teaching for Active learning' for the faculty members of School of Humanities and Social Sciences organized by IQAC, NSU, 2018.

Participated at the IQAC workshop on ‘Writing a Course Outline’, NSU, 2018.

Attended a Roundtable Discussion on “The Role of Quality Higher Education in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal [SDG # 4] in Bangladesh” sponsored and organized by the IQAC of NSU, 2018.

Attended the IQAC Seminar on "Work Life Balance", 2018, NSU.

Completed the IQAC/LEAD training on Module 1: Effective Communication and Delivery on 28 June 2018, NSU.

Completed the IQAC/LEAD training on Module 2: Personality Trait Analysis and Stress Management on 05 July 2018, NSU.

Completed the IQAC/LEAD training on Module 3: Student Psychology and Academic Fusion and Module 4: Time Management  on 12 and 19 July, 2018, NSU.

Participated in a two-day workshop on Academic Research, Publication, and Teaching Skills by Drs. Eugene Hammond and Shyam Sharma from Stony Brook University, New York at NSU, 2018, NSU.

Participated at the Workshop: Following the Research Workflow using SCOPUS and Mendeley jointly organized by NSU Library and the Office of Graduate Studies, 2018, NSU.

Attended the IQAC Brainstorming Session on “Planning for Teachers Training Program at NSU”, 2018, NSU.

Participated at the workshop on “Author Workshop on Scholarly Writing & Intellectual Ethics 2017 – North South University, Dhaka" held on 06 December 2017 by Dr. Sangeeta Mehta, Director RSS Books, South Asia, Elsevier jointly organized by NSU Library and the Office of the Graduate Studies and Research, NSU.

Participated at the workshop entitled "Teacher Training and Creative Writing" by Dr. Razia Sultana Khan and Dr. Arifa Rahman organized by DEML, NSU on 04 August, 2017 , NSU.

Attended the seminar on Some Determinants of Active Learning by Prof. Syed Saad Andaleeb, PhD., Vice-Chancellor, BRAC University organized by the Office of Graduate Studies, NSU on 12 July, 2017.

Participated at the seminar on Scopus Database by Representative from Scopus, Mr. Vishal Gupta, organized by the Office of Graduate Studies, NSU on 08 June, 2017, NSU.

Received the first training on effective teaching methodology at the training program entitled ‘Outcome-based Education (OBE) and Effective Teaching’ for all NSU faculty members organized by Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of NSU on 03 November 2017, NSU.

Participated at the English Language Teacher Development Workshop organized by BELTA in collaboration with the English Department, University of Asia Pacific and supported by the American Center, US Embassy, Dhaka on 16 January, 2016 at the University of Asia Pacific, Dhaka.

 

Professional Activities

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Linguistics & Education (ISSN: 2630-5097, Online).

Chair, Session title “Revolutionizing Language Learning and Teaching”, Friday, 16 November 2018 at the two-day International Conference on English Language and Literature entitled Rethinking Disciplinary Diversity: Challenges of Teaching English in the 21st Century, organized by the Department of English and Humanities, BRAC University.

Chair, Session 8.02, Wednesday, 12 June 2013 at the 9th International Symposium on Bilingualism, organized by Department of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, Nanyang Technological University. Key sponsors: Nanyang Technological University, Multilingual Matters, John Benjamins, Cambridge University Press, Rutledge-Taylor and Francis Group, De Gruyter-Mouton and Springer.

Journal article reviews:

2019. Reviewer for the Journal of Linguistics and Education Research.

WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES ATTENDED

In Bangladesh

Attended the seminar entitled "My Teaching Philosophy" by Prof. Dr. Syed Saad Andaleeb organized by IQAC, NSU held on Thursday, 27 Febrary 2020 at Syndicate Hall, NSU. 

Attended the seminar entitled "Dynamic Language: Politics and Practices" by Dr Ahmar Mahboob, Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney and Ms Monaliza H. Mamac, Research Coordinator and Program Manager, Free Linguistics Conference,  held on 03 February 2020 from 0300-0430 pm at BRAC University.

Attended the Public Lecture entitled "Prospecting Research Studies Abroad: The Practicalities of Choosing Topics, UNiversities and Supervisors" by Dr. Raqib Chowdhury, Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia, held on 19 December 2019 from 0300-0430 pm at ULAB Auditorium, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, Campus A.

Attended the IML seminar entitled “Hard to Reach: The role of the Sylheti-Bengali diglossia, orality and multilingualism in promoting public health and community resilience amongst UK Bangladeshis during extreme weather events” by Dr. Chris Tang, Lecturer, Kings College London, UK held on Tuesday 02 July 2019 from 3-4 pm at the IML Auditorium.

Attended a plenary talk by Dr. Shyam Sharma, Dr. Cynthia Davidson, and Ms. MaryAnn Duffy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY, USA, on "Research, Grant-writing, and Quality Assurance in the Humanities" organized by DEML, NSU on 27 May 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at Audi 801, NSU.

Attended the two day workshop "Research, Grant-writing, and Quality Assurance in the Humanities" conducted by Dr. Shyam Sharma, Dr. Cynthia Davidson, and Ms. MaryAnn Duffy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY, USA, on 27 and 28 May 2019.

Attended a Guest Lecture entitled "Researchers, Research, and Ranking: An Ethical Context," by Dr. Mohammad Ataul Karim, member of NSU International Advisory Board and Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Session chaired by Professor Dr. Atiqul Islam, Vice Chancellor of NSU, organized and sponsored by OR-NSU and Department of Political Science and Sociology on 11 March 2019 from 11:00AM-12:30PM at the Syndicate Hall.

Attended the Workshop on Outcome Based Education: Course Planning and Course Administration conducted by Professor Arshad M. Chowdhury, Dean SEPS organized by SHSS on 22 November 2018 from 4 - 7 pm at NSU Syndicate Hall.

Attended the IML Seminar entitled “The voices of beneficiaries of English In Action” by Dr. Obaid Hamid, Lecturer at the University of Queensland, Australia, organized by the Department of English Language, Institute of Modern languages (IML), University of Dhaka on 12 November 2018 from 3-5 pm at the IML Auditorium, IML, DU.

Attended a workshop on ‘Writing a Course Outline’ organized by the DEML Self Assessment Committee (SAC) of IQAC, NSU on Thursday, 8th November, 2018 at NAC1024 from 1:00PM-5:00PM.

Attended a Roundtable Discussion on “The Role of Quality Higher Education in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal [SDG # 4] in Bangladesh” sponsored and organized by the IQAC of NSU on 25 October 2018, Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the NSU Syndicate Hall.

Attended the Meeting with Honorable Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Designate) on 17th September, 20l8 Monday with all full-time Faculty Members,

At AUDI-801 (SAC: Level-8), NSU.

Attended the Meeting on National Mourning Day on August 15, 2018 held at the NSU Auditorium at 2:30 p.m., NSU.

Attended the IQAC Seminar on "Work Life Balance" for female faculty members only held on 26 July 2018 at the Faculty Lounge, NSU.

Lecture entitled “Cultural transfer, Rabindranath Tagore’s travels and travel writing” by Prof. Dr. Fakrul Alam, Pro-Vice Chancellor of East West University on Wednesday, 18 July 2018, NSU.

Seminar on “English, Bengali or Both?: In Tertiary Education in Bangladesh” organized by the Institute of Modern Languages (IML), University of Dhaka (DU) on 31 March 2018 at the IML Auditorium.

Seminar on “Language Policy and Human Development in a Globalized world” as part of the seminar series Alokito Shokal organized by the Institute of Modern Languages (IML), University of Dhaka (DU), at the IML Auditorium.

Lecture entitled "Confidence Building is Central to English Language Teaching in the South Asian Post Colonies" by Dr. Asantha U. Attanayake Barborich on November 22, 2017 at DEML Conference Room (NAC 1024) organized by the DEML Discourse and Colloquium Series, DEML, NSU.

Workshop on Turnitin for checking plagiarism conducted by the Office of Graduate Studies on 15 November 2017 at Dean's Conference Room (SAC 620), NSU.

Public lecture on "Why You Should Love GMOs" by Professor Sir Richard J. Roberts jointly organized by the Office of External Affairs and the Office of Graduate Studies on 29 March, 2017 at NSU Plaza. 

Lecture on “The reality of linguistic discrimination” by Dr. Garga Chatterjee on 16 February, 2017 organized by the DEML Colloquium & Discourse Series at MPPG Conference Room (NAC 1058), NSU.

Lecture entitled "Cross-linguistic Composition: Writing Skills and Self-report Strategies of University Students in Bangladesh" by Dr. Mohammad Shamsuzzaman, PhD and Asst. Prof. of DEML, NSU, organized by the DEML Colloquium & Discourse Series, NSU held on 03 October 2016 at Faculty Lounge, NSU.

Team Building Workshop 1: Awareness Building Workshop on Self-Assessment and Quality Assurance of Department of English, Department of Economics, and Department of Media & Mass Communication on 04 August, 2016 at the Media Studio (Level 13), FASS Building, Campus 7, American International University Bangladesh (AIUB).

Workshop on Teaching Writing organized by Department of English, AIUB, and conducted by Ms. Tahmina Ahmed, Professor, Department of English, University of Dhaka, and Team Leader, INSPIRE DEWS and Ms. Nehrir Khan, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Dhaka

Workshop entitled “Overview of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and Using It to Teach Culture” on 01 October 2015 conducted by Claire Bradin Siskin organized by Department of English, AIUB

In Singapore

Seminar: "Exploring Shanghainese Topic Markers: From Cues to Outcomes"by Professor John Newman, University of Alberta, Canada, 7 Feb 2014.

 Seminar: "Eating and Drinking: A Cognitive Linguistic Perspective", by Professor John Newman, University of Alberta, Canada, 17 Jan 2014.

Seminar:  "Key Considerations in Developing Writing Systems", by Dr. J. Andrew Ring, The Seed Company, Research and Development Consultant, Cluster Projects Language Survey, Orthography and Literature Development, 13 Jan 2014.

Seminar: "Malagasy Linguistic History and the Influence of African Languages" by Dr Alexander K Adelaar, Fellow in Residence, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS).

Seminar:  "Burmese Script: System and Diachronic Background" by Dr Hideo Sawada, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, 26 Nov 2013.

Seminar: "Structures of Affiliative Responses in English : From a Japanese Perspective" by Dr Hiroko Tanaka, University of Essex, 14 Nov 2013.

Seminar: "Linguistic Descriptive Bias and the Nature of Grammar" by Dr Rik De Busser, Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Chengchi University, 8 Nov 2013.

Seminar:  "Referential effects on argument coding in ditransitive constructions" by Professor Dr, Martin Haspelmath, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany, 7 Oct 2013.

Seminar:  "Overview of NLP for Information Extraction in Fuji Xerox" by Dr Ohkuma Tomoko, University of Bern, Switzerland, 3 Oct 2013.

Seminar:  "On the development of converbal and attributive hearsay evidential as finite structures: Diachronic evidence from Korean and Japanese" by Dr Yap Foong Ha, Department of English, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 24 Sept 2013.

Seminar:  "Introduction of a Research lab of Rakuten, a Global e-commerce company" by Dr Satoshi Sekine, New York University, 13 Sept 2013.

 R Workshops: by Professor John Newman, Visiting Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Workshop 1 - 3: 10, 17 & 24 Sept Workshop 4 - 6: 8, 22 & 29 Oct.

Seminar: "From Tibeto-Burman to Trans-Himalayan" by Professor George van Driem, University of Bern, Switzerland, 11 Sept 2013.

Seminar:  "Contact versus Parallel Development in Balkan Evidentials" by Professor Victor Friedman, University of Chicago, 9 Sept 2013.

Seminar: “Diversification and Diachronic Change in Sinitic “Classifier Systems: The Cases of Waxiang (Xiangxi) and Southern Min”, by Professor Hilary Chappell, Ecole Des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2011.

Symposium:  Language and Diversity organized by the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) and  Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, Nanyang Technological University, held at the Nanyang Executive Centre (NEC), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 5 – 6 March, 2009

Seminar:  “Cultural Basis of Teaching English as an International Language” delivered by Professor Dr. Sandra McKay, NIE, Singapore, 31 July, 2009

Workshop: “Exploring the Nature of Proficiency and Professional Development in Language Teaching” delivered by Professor Dr. Jack C. Richards organized by the English Language and Literature (ELL) Academic Group, NIE, Singapore, 4 September, 2009.

  1. Sociolinguistics: Language Maintenance and Shift
  2. Language Planning and Policy
  3. Outcome-based Education & Medium of Instruction
  4. EAP (English for Academic Purposes)
  5. Multimodal Discourse Analysis
  6. ELT (English Language Teaching)
  7. Second Language Acquisition.
  8. Pragmatics