Transforming English Language Skills in the Higher Education Sector in Bangladesh
Following a competitive tendering process, the Department of English and Language Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University is leading a project to transform English language skills in the HE sector in Bangladesh.
The project started in March 2013 and is funded and managed by the British Council and the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh.
The Department of English and Language Studies will collaborate with selected authors from Bangladeshi universities through online communication and in-country workshops to develop and deliver four new modules:
- two designed to upgrade the academic English language in Year 1
- one in ‘English for Employability’ skills for students in the final year of their studies
- one designed to enhance the professional skills and knowledge of English lecturers, and lecturers of other subjects who teach in the medium of English.
They will then be piloted in thirteen universities in Dhaka, Chittagong and Khulna, following a two-week Master Trainers' course in Bangladesh, which will provide orientation and training for the university lecturers delivering the modules.
Exchanging knowledge and expertise
The project is scheduled to run until July 2014.
Kevin Balchin, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English & Language Studies, said: "We're now approaching the halfway point of the TELSHEB project and have just completed the development of materials for four new English Language based modules for use in the Bangladeshi universities.
“Working on the TELSHEB project has been a fulfilling experience, both in the sense of producing a tangible product in the form of the materials and from a professional development perspective, being able to collaborate internationally and exchange knowledge and expertise with our Bangladeshi colleagues."
Find out more
For further details, contact Kevin Balchin, Acting Head of School. Other members of the Department involved in the project are Carol Wild, Mark Almond and Graham Thomson.