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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 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

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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.     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   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.   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.     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" Speaker: Dr. Razia Sultanta Khan, Professor, Independent University (IUB) 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" Speakers: Dr. Eugene Hammond, Stony Brook University, New York. 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" Speakers: Prof. Dr. Sadeka Halim, Acting Dean, School of Social Sciences. Dr. Rubana Huq, Managing Director, Mohammadi Group. Ms. Nomita Halder, Teacher, Baptist Mission Integrated School. Prof. Anisuzzaman, National Professor and Prof. Emeritus Dhaka University, Chairman Bangla Academy. Mr. Asif Islam, Editor, Strategy and Planning at Dhaka Tribune. Prof. Shireen Huq, Professor and ex-Chair Department of English and Modern Languages. 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" Speakers:          Dr. Shyam Sharma, Stony Brook University, New York. Dr. Cynthia Davidson, Stony Brook University, New York. 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” Speakers: 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 MA TESOL, CELTA, BA (Hons) 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” Speakers: 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" Speakers: 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?" Speaker: Dr. Yvonne Tse Crepaldi PhD in Linguistics, Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Date: 20 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 education" 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 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 Dr. Mohammad A. Quayum, Honorary Professor, Flinders University, South Australia Dr. Anwar Ahmed, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia Prof. A.M.M. Hamidur Rahman, Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Daffodil International University Dr. Manzoorul Abedin, Associate Professor, University of West London, UK Distinguished Speaker Dr. Niaz Zaman, Advisor, Independent University Dr. Razia Sultana Khan, Advisor, Independent University Dr. Syed Manzoorul Islam, Professor, ULAB Dr. Fakrul Alam, Supernumerary Professor, University of Dhaka Dr. Kaiser Haq, Professor, ULAB Dr. Shireen Huq, Professor & Former Chairman, NSU Dr. Deena P Forkan, Professor & Former Chairman, NSU Date: 4 & 5 November 2022 Creative Writing Workshop on CHARACTER ESTABLISHMENT Speaker: MR. ALLEN STEWART 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 Speaker: MR. ALLEN STEWART Senior Lecturer DEML & Fulbright English Language Fellow Date: 2 March 2023 Seminar:  "ENGLISH/INGRÉJI: NAVIGATING BILINGUALITY” Speaker: Sudeep Chakravarti Associate Professor, South Asian Studies Director, Center for South Asian Studies University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh Date: 12 March 2023 Seminar: “AI & MACHINE LEARNING AS A SURPRING MEANS TO MORE SOCIALLY JUST LANGUAGE TESTING” 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: Well- articulate and eloquent speakers Creative and professional writers Critical and analytical thinkers 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: Demonstrate substantial knowledge of various theories under the three sub-domains of English studies. Analyze language and literary texts from a variety of philosophical & critical methodologies. Produce literary works, research papers, and journalistic pieces. Edit and Review literary works, research papers, and journalistic pieces. Assess the intersectional nodes of linguistic, literary and language teaching barriers. Perform and publish research under supervision. Gain practical training in pedagogy. Adopt scientific methods to analyze a variety of discourse.   Generic Skills The program enables the students to develop : Effective communication skills A range of writing skills Interpersonal skills that will aid in teamwork, leadership and networking. Real life problem- solving skills Self-management skills 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: Discover more about the world they live in Appreciate the artistic works of fellow human beings Develop literary and linguistic aptitudes of their own Do an interdisciplinary course to get a variegated general education Acquire specialized knowledge to do research work Become efficient English Language teachers Develop critical and analytical skills Acquire knowledge of skills needed for employment in the media industry 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: Ext.:2020 Masum Hossain Officer Email: Ext.:2012 Ms. Tanjia Azmeen Department Secretary Email: Ext.:2021 Joynal Abedin Faculty Assistant Email: Ext.:6145


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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 Email: Ext.:2020 Masum Hossain Officer Email: Ext.:2012 Ms. Tanjia Azmeen Department Secretary Email: Ext.:2021 Joynal Abedin Faculty Assistant Email: Ext.:6145

Office Hours

Office Hours of Faculty Members - Fall 2023  (Intersession)


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: Shireen Huq Atanu Bhuiyan Mehedi Hasan                  


National & International Collaboration University Press Limited (UPL) Goethe-Institut, Bangladesh Stony Brook University, State University of New York, USA Yunnan University, China Communication University of China Link Staff Co., Ltd Alliance Française de Dhaka Sapienza University of Rome, Italy