USA Regional English Language Officer’s official visit to English Department

Mr. Fife MacDuff, the Regional English Language Officer (RELO) of USA in charge of Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives, paid an official visit to the Department of English at Campus-7 on 19 June 2012. Accompanied by Ms. Raihana Sultans, the Cultural Affairs Assistant of The American Center, Mr. MacDuff was warmly received by Dr. Faheem Hasan Shahed, Head of the English Department.  The delegate was then introduced to Dr. Tazul Islam (Dean of FASS), Dr. Charles Villanueva (Dean of FBA), Mr. M Hamidul Haque and Mr. Asif Kamal (faculty members of English Department). Mr. MacDuff, who is currently based in Nepal, came to Dhaka to discussing and finalizing a collaborative project between The American Center and AIUB. Under this project, an English Language Fellow would come from Washington D.C. and stay in AIUB for a semester to help the English Department modernize the existing syllabuses of the two basic language courses, i.e. ‘English Reading Skills & Public Speaking’ and ‘English Writing Skills and Communication’. The Fellow would also conduct training workshops for the teachers of English Department to enable them teach these two courses more efficiently. Mr. MacDuff, after a fruitful discussion with the AIUB team, suggested several innovative English Language schemes offered by the American Center which would be made accessible to the teachers and students of English Department for their collective development. Later, the delegates visited one English language classroom conducted by Ms. Soheli Akter where they had wonderful interaction with the students.