Course No. : Eng. 101
Course Title : Developing English Language and ICT Skills
Course Credits : 4
Full Marks : 100

Introduction to the Course
The course primarily focuses on developing the major language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, helping students to make the transition from higher secondary to tertiary level education. Students will also be introduced to basic ICT skills and rules of netiquette. The course will be interactive, involving students in activities, such as pair work, group work, PowerPoint presentations, class discussions, among others.

The course aims to:
● develop students’ confidence in using English language
● build the range of their vocabulary and enhance their awareness of the appropriacy of language use for speaking and writing in an academic context
● help students reflect on their language development as well as identify areas for improvement
● introduce students to basic ICT skills so that they can use these skills to meet their individual academic demands.

Course Contents
Language skills:
● Listening skills:
● Listening and comprehending (audio/video texts)
● Listening and note-taking
● Responding to audio texts/input/spoken narratives
Speaking skills:
● Introducing self/others
● Dialogues (to express various notions and functions: agree/disagree, offer/accept/decline, request/asking for a favour, apology, suggestion/advice)
● Role plays/interviews
● Telling stories/anecdotes
● Sharing personal experiences
● Debates
● Expressing opinions about books and movies
Reading skills:
● Using effective and relevant reading strategies (skimming, scanning, summarising, reasoning, making inferences, etc.) for reading, understanding, analysing and evaluating written texts
Writing skills:
● Writing processes (brainstorming, outlining, drafting, editing, rewriting, etc.)
● Writing academic paragraphs: descriptive, narrative, comparison and contrast, cause and effect, classification and division, and argumentative paragraphs
● Writing biographies and book reviews
● Vocabulary and grammar:
● Appropriate and accurate use of language
● Comprehending and interpreting word meanings in context
ICT skills:
● Introducing the basic rules of netiquette
● Writing formal emails
● Using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
● Introducing platforms/applications such as Zoom, Google Classroom, Google Drive, Google Meet, Google Docx, etc.
● Developing web searching and bookmarking skills to select and categorize reliable online materials related to English language skills and other courses
● Giving mini multimedia presentations

Intended Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
● understand lectures, participate in discussions, and take notes
● ask and answer questions appropriately
● read and respond to texts using a variety of reading strategies
● write with accuracy at sentence and paragraph levels
● write formal emails by following proper conventions
● use Microsoft Word processing, Excel and PowerPoint
● understand the basic rules of netiquette.

Instructional Strategies
Generally, a class of 160 students is divided into 4 small groups of approximately 40-45 students.
● Pair work, group work and individual work
● Role plays
● Debates and discussions
● Preparing portfolios

Core Text
Sinha, B. S., Mahboob, T. S., Bashir, A., Basu, B. L. and Akhter, N. (2017). Endeavour: An
introductory language course book. Dhaka: British Council INSPIRE Project,
Department of English, University of Dhaka.

Recommended Readings
Soars, J. and Soars, L. (Eds.) (2016). New headway: Intermediate student’s book (4th edition).
Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Cunningham, S. and Moor, P. (Eds.) (2005). New cutting edge intermediate students’ book. UK:

Course No. :Eng. 102

Course Title  Critical Appreciation of Literature

Course Credits :  4

Full Marks  : 100

Introduction to the Course

This course teaches students how to appraise literature critically by exploring different literary texts. The course examines the characteristics of literary and non-literary works to sensitize students to notions of literariness and the use of literary devices. The course aims to familiarize students with a variety of literary genres in order to foster their ability to critically analyze literature.


The course aims to:

  • introduce the students to various figurative and sound devices
  • familiarize students with the features of literary language
  • enhance students’ interpretative skills
  • teach students close reading (of literary texts)
  • enable students to undertake literary analysis

Course Contents

  • Excerpts from different literary genres
  • Literary devices – image, simile, metaphor, connotation, personification, allusion etc.
  • Sound devices – alliteration, consonance, assonance, internal rhyme
  • Style and structure – mood, tone, setting, character, irony, theme, plot etc.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • read and understand different literary genres
  • recognize different figurative devices
  • respond independently to unseen literary texts
  • analyze the features of literary and non-literary works
  • undertake literary analysis.

Instructional Strategies

Classes will be divided into small groups taught by course teachers.

  • Lectures and discussions
  • Oral and multimedia presentations
  • Group work
  • Portfolio

Core Text

Ahmed, T., Alam, Z., Farida, N., Khan, R. and Sinha, B. S. (2014). Making Connections:

Responding to Literature. Dhaka: Department of English, University of Dhaka.

Recommended Readings

Abrams, M. H. (1999). A Glossary of Literary Terms. Texas: Harcourt Inc.

Cuddon, J.A. (2013). A Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory. New Jersey:


Evans, V. and Dooley. J. (2014). Pathways to Literature. Berkshire: Express Publishing.

Morner, K., & Rausch, R. (1991). NTC’s Dictionary of Literary Terms. McGraw-Hill.

Zaman, N., Alam, F. and Hossain, K. A. (Eds.). (2003). An English Anthology.

Dhaka: Department of English, Dhaka University.

Course No.  : Eng. 103

Course Title: Bangladesh Studies and Bangla Literature

Course Credits : 4

Full Marks : 100

Introduction to the Course

This course intends to inform students of the history of the events leading to the Liberation War and the birth of Bangladesh.  The first part of this course focuses on the roles and sacrifices of  the masses as well as politicians, intellectuals and cultural activists. It also highlights the values and beliefs of the Liberation War. The second part emphasises the literature and other cultural artefacts related to the creation of Bangladesh.


This course aims to:

  • familiarize students with the events and sacrifices leading to the emergence of Bangladesh
  • instill in students the values and beliefs of the Liberation War
  • enable students to understand how the historical events are reflected in Bangladeshi literature and c


Course Contents

History (key points)

Background of Partition, 1947

  • Language Movement of 1952, and emergence of International Mother Language Day
  • Six-point Movement
  • Eleven-point Movement
  • Election of 1970
  • Hoisting of national flag by students
  • Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s speech, 7th March 1971
  • Genocide, 25th March 1971
  • Declaration of Independence, 26th March 1971
  • Mujibnagar Government
  • Contribution of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra
  • Concert for Bangladesh
  • Role of Razakars and Al-Badr
  • Killing of Intellectuals, 14th December 1971
  • Surrender of Pakistan army and emergence of Bangladesh, 16th December 1971
  • Return of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from Pakistan
  • Constitution of 1972 and subsequent changes

Literary Works/Films to be used with History Section

Zahir Raihan (dir.):                                         জীবন থেকে নেয়া, Stop Genocide

George Harrison and Ravi Shankar:               Concert for Bangladesh

Chashi Nazrul Islam (dir.):                              ওরা এগারো জন

Jahanara Imam:                                               Selections from একাত্তরের দিনগুলি

Nilima Ibrahim:                                               Selections from আমি বীরাঙ্গনা বলছি

Shamsur Rahman:                                           ‘আসাদের শার্ট’

Tareq Masud and Catherine Masud (dir.):      মুক্তির গান

Allen Ginsberg:                                               ‘September on Jessore Road’

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman:                                The Unfinished Memoirs, translated by

Fakrul Alam

Bangla Literature

NB: English translations of the following Bangla texts will be used for foreign students.


রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর

কাজী নজরুল ইসলাম:

মুনীর চৌধুরী:

জীবনানন্দ দাশ:

শামসুর রাহমান:

আল মাহমুদ:

আখতারুজ্জামান ইলিয়াস:

খোন্দকার আশরাফ হোসেন:

সৈয়দ শামসুল হক:

সৈয়দ মনজুরুল ইসলাম:

‘চিত্ত যেথা ভয়শূন্য’, ‘বলাকা’

‘বিদ্রোহী’, ‘সাম্যবাদী’


‘হায় চিল’, ‘বনলতা সেন’, ‘বোধ’

‘ইলেক্ট্রার গান’

‘সোনালী কাবিন’


‘বেহুলা বাংলাদেশ’

‘দ্বিতীয় দিনের কাহিনী’


Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a clear understanding of the main events of the history of Bangladesh
  • identify and explain the role of these events in the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent state
  • critically examine the role of political and cultural activists and their contribution in the Liberation War
  • gain knowledge about the role of different groups of people in the Liberation War
  • make a connection between the historical events and our literature and culture.

Instructional Strategies

  • Pair work, group work and individual work
  • Role plays
  • Debates and discussions
  • Preparing portfolios

Recommended Readings

Roshid, H. (2012). The Foreshadowing of Bangladesh: Bengal Muslim League and Muslim

Politics: 1906-1947. Dhaka: The University Press Limited.

Jahan, R. (1977). Pakistan Failure in National Integration. Dhaka: The University Press


Humayun, S. (1995). Sheikh Mujib’s Six Point Formula: An Analytical Study of the Breakup of

Pakistan. Dhaka: Royal Book Co.

Maniruzzaman, T. (2003). Radical Politics and the Emergence of Bangladesh. Dhaka: Mowla


Ahmed, A. F. S. and Chowdhury, B. M. (Eds.) (2004). Bangladesh National Culture and

Heritage: An Introductory Reader. Independent University Bangladesh (IUB).