Prof. Elizabeth Platt joins AIUB as English Language Specialist

Florida State University Professor Emerita and an internationally acclaimed Applied Linguist Dr. Elizabeth Platt has joined AIUB’s English Department as an English Language Specialist under the Fulbright Specialists Project of the US Department of State. Dr. Platt, who will work here from 15 January to 15 March, will conduct English language curriculum revision (mainly of the two basic English courses) and conduct regular teacher training workshops for the faculty members of English Department. In June 2010, Dr. Platt was sent by the US Department of State on a similar project with two universities in Luanda, Angola, and also taught an Applied Linguistics course for English language teachers in the Dominican Republic through Nova Southeastern University. Right after her arrival on 15th, she met the Dean of FASS Prof. Dr. Tazul Islam and the Departmental Head Dr. Faheem Hasan Shahed. On 17th, Dr. Platt formally met the faculty members of English where she gained valuable inputs about the issues of English education in the undergrad level in Bangladesh and exchanged views about her mode of work. Later Dr. Platt met the honorable Vice Chancellor Dr. Carmen Z Lamagna and the honorable Vice President of HR & Treasury Dr. Hasanul A. Hasan. Both greeted her warmly as Dr. Platt expressed her optimism that her two-month stay in AIUB would be an enriching experience for all parties concerned—including herself. Her office room is at level 8 in Campus 7. It needs to be mentioned that the Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It was created in 2000 to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post secondary, academic institutions around the world.