Faculty Profile

  • Ph.D. in Speech and Language Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand [PhD thesis title: Morphosyntactic Development of Typically- and Atypically-developing Bangla- speaking Pre-school Children]


    M.A. in English (Linguistics and English Language Education), The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad

    B.A. in English (Literature), University of Delhi 


     

Areas of Interest

Identification of Specific Language Impairment (SLI) in Bangla
Development of morphological and syntactic profiles of typically developing Bangla-speaking children

Asifa Sultana, PhD

Assistant Professor

Overview

Dr. Asifa Sultana is a researcher of child language acquisition. After completing her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English, and ELT and linguistics respectively, she taught at BRAC University till 2017. She completed her PhD studies in 2015 from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Her project was on identifying the linguistic features of typically- and atypically-developing Bangla-speaking children. She also worked as a research assistant at the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain, and Behaviour between 2013 and 2015.

She joined University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh in May 2017. She teaches various courses of Applied Linguistics and ELT and supervises theses of both undergraduate and masters students at the department.

Research & Awards

The SRCLD Student Travel Award, 35th Annual Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders (SRCLD) in Madison, Wisconsin, June 2014

University of Canterbury Doctoral Scholarship, 2011- 2014

Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Scholarship, 2003-2006

5th position in the combined merit list in the Higher Secondary School Certificate examination (2002)

2nd position in the combined merit list in the Secondary School Certificate examination (2000)

Publications

Mohiuddin, M., & Sultana, A. (2016). Preferences and problems in feedback techniques of Bangladeshi tertiary level students. Crossings: A journal of English studies, 7.

Sultana, A., Stokes, S., Klee, T., & Fletcher, P. (2016). Morphosyntactic Development of Bangla-speaking Preschool Children. First Language, Sage Publications. doi: 10.1177/0142723716673958

Sultana, A. (2016). Description of verb morphology in colloquial Bangla, BRAC University Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 11(1), 69-78.

Sultana, A. (2016). Morphological development of Bangla-speaking children: A pilot study. The EFL Journal, 7(1), 73-92.

Sultana, A. (2010). Specific Language Impairment: When only language becomes difficult. BRAC University Journal, Special issue 1, 93-100.

Sultana, A. (2009). Peer Correction in ESL Classrooms. BRAC University       Journal6 (1), 11-19.

 

Forthcoming publications:

Sultana, A., Stokes, S. F., Klee, T., & Fletcher, P. Morphosyntactic development of typically- and atypically-developing Bangla-speaking children.

Sanjana, L., & Sultana, A. Productivity of verb inflections in Bangla-speaking pre-school children.

Chapters

Sultana, A., Fletcher, P., Klee, T., & Stokes, S. (in press). A LARSP Framework for Bangla-speaking Children. In M. Ball, D. Crystal, & P. Fletcher (Eds.), Grammatical Profiles: Further Languages of LARSP (Vol 3). Multilingual Matters.

 

Sultana, A., Stokes, S., Klee, T., & Fletcher, P. (2016). Verb Form Use by Bangla-speaking Preschool Children. Paper presented at EUCLDIS 2016, Budapest (11th-13th May).

Sultana, A., Stokes, S., Klee, T., & Fletcher, P. (2016). Use of verb morphology among Bangla-speaking children with language difficulties. Paper presented at the International Conference on Language Acquisition, Impairment, and Intervention (24th March).

Sultana, A., Stokes, S., Klee, T., & Fletcher, P. (2016). Morphosyntactic Development of Bangla-Speaking Children with Language Impairment. Virtually presented poster at the IAFOR Conference on Language Learning, 2016, Honolulu, Hawaii (8th - 11th January).

Sultana, A. (2015). A Description of Verb Morphology in Standard and Colloquial Bangla. Paper accepted (did not participate) at the 4th International Congress of Bengal Studies 2015, Tokyo (12th- 13th December).

Sultana, A., Stokes, S., Klee, T., & Fletcher, P. (2015). Development of Verb Morphology in Bangla-speaking Preschool Children. Paper presented at the 37th International Conference of Linguistic Society of India, New Delhi (15th- 17th October).

Sultana, A., Stokes, S. F., Klee, T., & Fletcher, P. (2014). Morphosyntactic development of Bangla-speaking pre-school children. Poster presented at the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders (SRCLD), Madison, Wisconsin, USA (June).

Reviewer of the Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics journal

Contributor of the Bangladeshi non-standard variety of English to the world atlas eWAVE (http://ewave-atlas.org/). Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), Germany (2017).

Life member of the Linguistics society of India (since October 2015) (membership no. 36/2015)

Online course on Transferable Skills Project organised by Auckland University of Technology, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Canterbury, August – November 2013

The University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and its curricula are accredited by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh, and approved by the Ministry of Education, Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh.