Faculty Profile

  • MA in Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment (University College London, UK )

    MA in TESOL (North South University, Bangladesh)

    BA in English Language & Literature (International Islamic University Chittagong, Bangladesh)

Areas of Interest

  • Curriculum & Syllabus Design in Language Education
  • Materials Development for Language Teaching & Learning
  • Language Testing & Evaluation
  • Assessment Issues & Practices in Higher Education 

Golam Kader Zilany

Senior Lecturer


Golam Kader Zilany has been working as a Senior Lecturer at ULAB since October 2019. Over the years, he progressively developed interest in the areas of syllabus design, curriculum development, instructional materials, and assessment practice. He teaches EAP (English for Academic Purposes) courses along with Master’s courses in the fields of curriculum, syllabus design and assessment.

Prior to joining ULAB, he worked as a faculty member of Brac Institute of Languages (BIL), Brac University from March 2011 to September 2019. During his service at BracU, he used to teach courses titled ‘ELT Leadership & Management’, ‘Language testing & Evaluation’ for its MA in TESOL program. Moreover, he also taught foundation and advanced EAP (English for Academic Purpose) courses. Importantly, he was the team leader of a project named ‘Reshaping English Language Teaching and Learning Experiences at Tertiary Level through Teacher Developed Materials’. As part of this project, he also designed and facilitated eight weeks long training for teachers’ capacity development in material development. Additionally, being part of Professional Development Center (PDC) of Brac University, he was responsible to conduct session on 'Assessment Issues and Practices in Higher Education' for university faculty members.

His research areas include social justice, language policy, teacher-learner identity and assessment. Philosophically, he is very much influenced by the work of Pierre Bourdieu. For that reason, he always tries to explore the issues that unfolds the power dynamics in the society.

Research & Awards


  • ‘English for Specific Purpose’ American English Institute, University of Oregon, USA
  • ‘Professional Development for Teacher Trainers’ Arizona State University, USA


Creative Works

Work Experience:

Senior Lecturer, Center for Language Studies (CLS), ULAB (October, 2019 - Present) 

  • Teaching EAP (English for Academic Purpose) courses
  • Conducting training & workshop for teachers
  • Reviewing the curriculum & syllabus

Lecturer, Brac Institute of Languages (BIL), Brac University (March, 2011 – September, 2019)

  •  Design and teach TSL 505 (Language Testing & Evaluation) and TSL 604 (ELT Leadership & Management) for MA in TESOL program
  • Supervise MA in TESOL students for dissertation
  • Lead a team of 15 teachers for ENG 101 (English Fundamentals) course
  • Design and lead a project named ‘reshaping English language teaching and learning experience at tertiary level’
  • Design and facilitate workshops for Professional Development Centre (PDC), Brac University to train faculty members in the area of assessment
  • Prepare lesson plans and conduct classes for foundation level English language course for undergraduate students
  • Develop language learning materials and take classes for Medhabikash program, an unique Brac project to nurture young talents from rural ultra-poor background
  • Provide business and survival English training to BEP (Brac Education Program) and DevPro (Development Professionals) managers
  • Develop materials for EiS (English in School) which used to be published weekly in The Daily Star 

Sub-editor, The Independent (July, 2010 to February, 2011)

  • Edit news stories to fit the house style
  • Create online poll on latest news
  • Coordinate with the reporters to prepare any breaking news and upload on web as fast as possible

Intern, Active Citizens Project, British Council, Bangladesh (January, 2010 to July,2010)

  • Categorize baseline survey questionnaire responses for NGR (Next Generation Report)
  • Assist project coordinator and manager while visiting social action project
  • Translate reports from English to Bangla
  • Work as interpreter during facilitation training

Invigilator for GCE O and A levels, and IELTS, British Council, Bangladesh (November, 2009 to December, 2012)

  • Take 100% care and security of exam materials during pre, while and post examination period
  • Become impartially friendly to candidates
  • Cooperate fellow invigilators when required

Senior Teacher, Milestone School, Uttara, Dhaka (June, 2008 to July, 2009)

  • Prepare lesson plan and take classes accordingly
  • Discuss success and challenges with senior colleagues
  • Maintain a rapport with guardians to share students' progress and learning needs

Assistant Teacher, Northern International School, Asad Gate, Dhaka (January, 2008 to May, 2008)

  • Conduct assigned classes as per the lesson plan
  • Counsel students for further development

Professional Activities:

  • Pre-university reading syllabus at Brac Institute of Languages (BIL): Juxtaposition of Theory and Practice’ at the conference named ‘Achieving Sustainable Education Goals in Bangladesh: Educational Responses, Challenges & Possibilities’ organized by Institute of Education Research, Dhaka University in the year 2018
  • ‘Grade Inflation in High Stake Examination in Bangladesh: in Pursuit of an Alternative Explanation’ at International Conference of Teaching Learning (ICTL) organized by Independent University Bangladesh in the year 2016

  • ‘Drama: Proven Essentials of BRACU to Create Competent Language Learners’ at the 17th NELTA International Conference in the year 2012

  • ‘CLT materials being followed and modes of assessments practiced at the secondary level in Bangladesh: teachers’ and learners’ perception’ at the 17th NELTA International Conference in the year 2012

Professional Memberships:

  • Executive Committee Member, BELTA (Bangladesh English Language Teachers Association)
  • General Member, IATEFL ( International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language)

Program Affiliations

Courses Taught

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.

emk Since March, 2018, the University of ​Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) is associated with the EMK Center as its management partner along with the American Center of U.S. Embassy Dhaka.