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 Code                 : Eng. 105

Course Title                  :  Introduction to Prose

Course Credits             : 4

Full Marks                    : 100

Introduction to the Course

This course introduces students to different forms of prose, such as reflective and personal essays, short stories, and a novel. Students will be taught to analyse and appreciate prose through their reading of selected texts. They will progress from using these techniques to examine shorter pieces to undertaking the study of a complete novel.


This course aims to:

  • make students aware of the form, structure, and stylistic features of different prose texts
  • familiarise students with writing from different sub-genres (essay, short story, and novel)
  • enhance learners’ knowledge of the historical, social and cultural contexts of each text
  • sensitise students to various sub-genres of prose and a variety of themes chosen from different periods through close reading

Course Contents

Selections from the following:


Francis Bacon:                                                            ‘Of Studies’/ ‘Of Friendship’

Charles Lamb:                                                             ‘The Two Races of Men’

George Orwell:                                                           ‘Shooting an Elephant’

Amy Tan:                                                                    ‘Mother Tongue’

Fakrul Alam:                                                               ‘Memories of Durga Puja’

Short Stories

Edgar Allan Poe:                                                         ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’

Roquiah Sakhawat Hussein:                                       Sultana’s Dream

Katherine Mansfield:                                                  ‘The Garden Party’

Somerset Maugham:                                                   ‘Lord Mountdrago’/ ‘The Colonel’s Lady’

Ray Bradbury:                                                            ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’

Niaz Zaman:                                                                ‘Didima’s Necklace’


Jane Austen:                                                                Pride and Prejudice

Core Text

Zaman, N., Alam, F., & Hossain, K.A. (Eds.) (2010). An English Anthology. Dhaka: Department

of English, University of Dhaka.

Recommended Readings

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.

Kennedy, X. J. and Gioia, D. (1995). Literature: An introduction to fiction, poetry, and drama.

Harper Collins.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

  • identify and distinguish the sub-genres of prose
  • critically examine and analyse texts
  • demonstrate knowledge about the development of prose
  • respond to literary works as an expression of cultural values and connect them with their own culture

Instructional Strategies

 The class is divided into sections and taught by two teachers.

  • lectures and discussions
  • oral presentations by students as part of class work
  • use of multimedia

Course Code                          : Eng.106

Course Title                           : Introduction to Poetry

Course Credits                      : 4

Full Marks                             : 100

Introduction to the Course

This course introduces students to the world of poetry. By reading a selection of poetic works, the students will examine the contextual, thematic, and formal aspects of poetry. The course also traces the evolution of poetry and poetics from the Elizabethan to the Postmodern period of English literature.


The course aims to:

  • introduce students to the genre of poetry and its distinctive characteristics
  • familiarise students with some major English poets
  • provide students with basic knowledge of the socio-cultural contexts of the selected poems
  • make students competent in reading and analyzing poems of different kinds

Course Contents

Selections from the following:

William Shakespeare:                          ‘Sonnet 18’ , ‘Sonnet 130’

Robert Herrick:                                              ‘Delight in Disorder’, ‘Upon Julia’s Clothes’

John Donne:                                                    ‘The Sun Rising’

Thomas Gray:                                                  ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’

William Blake:                                                ‘Nurse’s Song’ from Songs of Innocence and of


John Keats:                                                     ‘On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer’

Alfred, Lord Tennyson:                                  ‘The Lady of Shalott’

Elizabeth Barrett Browning:                           ‘How do I Love Thee?’

Thomas Stearns Eliot:                                     ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’

Dylan Thomas:                                                ‘Fern Hill’

Ted Hughes:                                                    ‘Jaguar’

Adrienne Rich:                                               ‘Living in Sin’ , ‘Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers’

Archibald MacLeish:                                     ‘Ars Poetica’

Seamus Heaney:                                              ‘Digging’

Carol Ann Duffy:                                           ‘Plainsong’

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

  • discuss the subgenres of poetry and their various features
  • understand and identify different literary devices used in poems
  • interpret and critically analyze English poems of different types and ages

Instructional Strategies  

  • Lectures and discussions
  • Oral and multimedia presentations
  • Group/peer work

Core Text

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

Dhaka: Department of English, Dhaka University.

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:


Ferguson, M., Salter, M. J. and Stallworthy, J. (Eds.). (2005). The Norton Anthology of

Poetry (5th edition). New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Lennard, J. The Poetry Handbook (2nd edition). (2006). Oxford: Oxford University Press.