The inaugural episode of the DEH Lecture Series on Applied Linguistics and TESOL, organized by the Department of English and Humanities, ULAB, was held on December 4, 2021. The speakers at the inaugural episode were Professor Shaila Sultana, PhD, Department of English Language, IML, University of Dhaka, and former Advisor to CLS, ULAB, and Professor Muhammed Shahriar Haque, PhD, Professor, Department of English and Executive Director, EWU Center for Research and Training, East West University.
The objective of this lecture series is to disseminate knowledge and encourage participants, particularly young researchers and practitioners of Applied Linguistics and TESOL, to broaden their ideas and update their knowledge of teaching methods that can be used in the classroom to make learning of language more fun and interactive.
The first speaker, Dr. Shaila Sultana introduced her topic, “World Englishes & English Language Teaching in South Asia,” which provided a historical context of the use of English language, its development, research approaches, and English Language Teaching in relation to World Englishes in South Asia in light of some previous research findings. Dr. Sultana also shared some critical personal views on the topic that led to some interesting discussions.
The next presentation, “Relevance of Critical Discourse Analysis in the 21st Century,” was conducted by Professor Muhammed Shahriar Haque, PhD, which was equally enlightening and thought-provoking, focusing on the importance of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) in the context of Bangladesh’s education system.
The program concluded with closing remarks from the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shamsad Mortuza.
There were registered participants from Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Narshingdi, Saidpur, Cumilla, Sylhet, Jamalpur, Noakhali, Pabna, and so on, all from different schools, colleges, and universities.
Globally, there were registered participants from the UK, US, India (Kerala, Sindh, Kashmir, Gujrat, West Bengal, Hyderabad), Indonesia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Philippines.
Finally, in addition to the expected crowd from English/Language departments, there were participants from departments of Math, Business and Malayalam as well.
The lecture series has been planned by Mohammad Mosiur Rahman, Senior Lecturer at DEH.
Watch the inaugural episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0I4luVu8p8.
Report by Nishat Tabassum (183013044)