About This Course
Pre-University aims at developing English language skills of the students required to enter into an English medium academic environment. It is designed to transform the students into active and independent learners, and thus prepare them as successful university students.
Course Aims and Outcomes
Students will develop basic English language skills required to study in an English medium university. In this course, students will learn to write well developed paragraphs, comprehend academic texts applying reading skills, and deliver academic presentations. They will also acquire thinking skills to make critical and rational judgments.
Specific Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the students will be able to
- Demonstrate comprehension of academic texts
- Find main ideas, supporting details, and write marginal notes
- Write well organized paragraphs (e.g. process and compare/contrast paragraphs)
- Apply critical thinking skills to analyze problems and generate ideas
- Expand ideas in social, national and international issues
- Demonstrate academic presentation skills
- Apply group discussion skills
Format and Procedure
This course focuses on four core language skills namely listening, speaking, reading and writing. Though different teachers are responsible for teaching different skills, they meet online in a reflection meeting on a regular basis to reflect on the contents of the course, delivery procedure, and the students’ performance. The duration of this course is 10 weeks or one semester.
Md. Abu Sufian
Md. Abu Sufian is a Lecturer at Brac Institute of Languages (BIL), Brac University. He has been serving at the institute for about six years. Prior to the institute, he was engaged as a faculty member in two English medium schools and a college for about seven years. To his credit, he has got two research articles and a book chapter published. He has also presented research papers in different national and international conferences. His research interests include students’ engagement in EFL classes, technology in education, challenges in ESP and teachers’ training and development. At present, he is pursuing MPhil at Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP).
Md Mahbubul Islam
Md Mahbubul Islam, Lecturer at Brac Institute of Languages, Brac University, is an MPhil candidate at Bangladesh University of Professionals. He published a research article and a book chapter and presented papers at national and international conferences. He is a reviewer of Journal on Today's Ideas - Tomorrow's Technologies which is published bi-annually from India. His areas of interest include teacher belief and technology-enhanced learning.
Farid Ahmed is a Lecturer at Brac Institute of Languages (BIL), Brac University.
Moshiur Rahman is a lecturer at the BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL), BRAC University. Prior to joining as a lecturer at BIL, he was a Teaching Assistant at BIL, BRAC University. He completed his MA in English Language Teaching from Institute of Modern Languages, University of Dhaka. He is pursuing his MPhil in Bangladesh University of Professionals.
Nafisa Moquit, Lecturer at Brac Institute of Languages (BIL), teaches Pre-university course. She has been part of BIL for almost 3 years and teaching in Pre-university from the beginning of her BIL’s journey. She holds a master degree in ELT (English Language Teaching) from East West University. Apart from that, she is also interested in research and her 1st international publication was published in IMRF International Research Journals. Her research interests include code-switching and code-mixing between Bangla and English, use of open technology for teaching, and impact of M-learning.
Samira Osmany has been a Lecturer at Brac Institute of Languages (BIL) at the Brac University, Dhaka since 2018. She has been teaching the pre-university and Eng 101 courses in Brac Institute of Languages (BIL), for the last two years. She has pursued her Bachelors and Master’s degree in English and ELT, from East West University, Dhaka. She has nearly five years of teaching experience in different reputed educational institutions. Her research interest include Computer Assisted Language Learning and Psycholinguistics.
Ghazzala Shabi is a lecturer at the Brac Institute of Languages where she has been teaching Pre-University courses for almost two years. She received both a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in English Literature from the National University of Bangladesh. Currently, she is pursuing a second Master's degree in TESOL at Brac University.
Md. Sohan Shahriar
Md. Sohan Shahriar has been a Lecturer at Brac Institute of Languages (BIL) at the Brac University, Dhaka since 2019. He has completed his Masters in English Language Teaching (ELT) from Rajshahi University. Presently, he is teaching in the pre-university course. He is also conducting a research project titled ‘Learners contribution in EFL classroom in Bangladesh: What stimulates them to open up or bog down'. His research interests involve the influence of psychological, social and traditional factors in English Language Learning, the influence of capitalism in modern linguistics and how they are affecting the language industry.