Symposium on English Language Policy and the Teaching of English

Sunday, 11 December, 2016 (3pm – 5 pm)

Venue: R C Majumdar Auditorium, Dhaka University (Behind Arts Building)

Since 1974, several National Education Commissions were formed in Bangladesh, with changing shifts in policies which in turn have been played out in the education system. The symposium attempts to analyse the policy aspect impacting on the varied aspects of English language education from the primary to the tertiary level – including changes in curriculum design, materials, pedagogy and assessment with its spillover into dubious teaching-learning practices sadly sanctioned by society. The Panelists will explore the diverse realizations of these policy shifts within an overarching perception of a changing global polity, newly emerging stakeholders, and the complexity of transition from policy to practice. There is also a focus on the changing perceptions of the English language perceived initially through strong nationalist feelings but gradually moving on through diverse realizations to a current neo-liberal stance.

Opening Remarks:
Prof Fakrul Alam, Dept of English, Dhaka University

Panelists:
Prof Rubina Khan, Chair, Department of English, Dhaka University
Prof Mariam Begum, Institute of Education & Research, Dhaka University
Dr M. Obaidul Hamid, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Prof A.M.M Hamidur Rahman, Dean, Humanities & Social Science, Daffodil International University
Mr Harunur Rashid Khan, Chair, Dept of English, Southeast University
Mr Goutam Roy, Secondary Education Sector Investment Programme, NCTB

Moderator:
Prof Arifa Rahman, Institute of Modern languages, Dhaka University

 

This Event was Supported by The American Center, US Embassy, Dhaka