NDUB English Language Center
With a view to upgrading the students’ oral and written competency in English, the NDUB Language Center (NDUB LC) was inaugurated on January 24, 2019 by Brian O’Conchubhair, PhD, the then Director at Centre for the Study of Languages and
About NDUB Language Center
Under the directive guidance of Fr Tom McDermott, CSC, Director, NDUB LC was founded to help their proficiency in the language. The center is a free space where all members of the Notre Dame community can access resources, expert help, and curriculums devoted to bettering their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
NDUB LC aims at helping individuals naturally nurture their communicative skills in English. Located on the NDUB campus, the Language Center offers multiple opportunities and resources to improve their listening skills, reading books to increase their reading skills and uplift oral fluency in English. Since its inception, the NDUB LC has organized free interactive workshops, seminars, academic counseling, peer-tutoring, and arranged free learning sessions on fundamentals of writing, and facilitated a free listening lab for NDUB students.
NDUB LC is free and open for all on weekdays (Sunday – Thursdays) from 10 am till 4 pm. Any member of the NDUB community who wants to enhance their language proficiency in terms of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English can either book an appointment or simply drop by the center for queries.
Fr. Tom McDermott, CSC
Director, English Language Center
Message from the NDUBELC chairperson
Message of the Director
I encourage all students of NDUB to take advantage of the facilities and personnel of our new NDUB Language Center. Join with your friends to discuss the issues of today in the international language of business and politics. Prepare yourselves for the needs of the future by strengthening your fluency in English and find the joys of exploring the wider worlds of literature and media and joining the struggles of diverse peoples for justice and peace. See you at the Center!
Our Services to student
What we provide to our students
One on One Counseling Sessions
Seminars and Workshops
NDUB English Language Center Library
The NDUB LC library offers a wide range of books on writing, research, and pedagogy. Excellent pieces of literature for the ones seeking reading for pleasure are also available here. It also has an online resource hub that enables the Notre Dame community to access free resources on their personal laptops, smartphones, and desktops. Students, teachers, and staff members of the institution can easily access these reading materials from the library upon visiting.
Designed specifically to meet individual needs, the short courses conducted by the NDUB LC offer 4-12 week courses on grammar, reading, writing, and spoken alongside literary topics. Interested individuals can drop by the NDUB LC to register for the offered courses free of cost, however, pre-registration is mandatory.
Get to know our NDUB English Language Center Faculty Members
Fr. Tom McDermott, CSC
Director, English Language Center, NDUB
Fr. Thomas McDermott, CSC, has served as the Director of the NDUB Language Center since its inception in January 2019. A two-time graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BA in Theology, 1972, and Master of Theology, 1977) he has ben a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross for 42 years. He previously worked in parishes and seminaries of East Africa for 21 years and in various roles at the University of Notre Dame for seven years. He taught English and Theology at Holy Spirit Major Seminary in Banani from 2008 until 2016 and began teaching at NDUB in 2014. He is committed to uplifting the standards of English within the NDUB community.
Habiba Akter has been with NDUB Language center since its inception in January, 2019. She has been working as the Program Director of the center after her return from the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC) at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. She was assigned with the duty to concretize her training and knowledge that she got from her yearlong stay at the CSLC through the establishment of NDUB Language Center under the supervision of Fr. Tom McDermott, CSC, the Director of the center.
She is also an Assistant Professor at the Department of English and one of the oldest faculty of NDUB. She is specialized in educational technology, teacher training, and leadership skills development. Her academic interests lie in educational technology, TESOL, pragmatics, semiotics, language planning and policy, classical and postcolonial literature. She has multiple publications in Edu-tech, semiotics, and postcolonial literature. She is a proud alumnus of the Dhaka University English Department.
Md. Waliullah was born in Lalmonirhat, Bangladesh and had his education in Lalmonirhat. He obtained the S.S.C degree from Rajshahi Board in 1991 and H.S.C degree from Lalmonirhat. After completing his (Hons) and Masters in English, he obtained specialized Masters from Dhaka University. He has completed B.A (Hons), M.A. and Masters in English from Dhaka University. He also passed the Non-Government Teachers Registration and Certification Authority(NTRCA). Md. Waliullah is also avid book writer with many academic books to his name. He has written some books on English such as: APEX English Literature, APEX English Pronunciation for Better Communication, APEX English for BCS Exam, APEX English for Medical Admission Test, APEX English for Varsity admission, APEX HSC English, A book for Listening and Speaking, APEX English Punctuation for Better Understanding, A Short Approach to Critical Thinking, APEX English for Formal Writing (USA & UK), A Brief History of Victorian Age & Literature.
Sk Rezwan Shihab
Sk Rezwan Shihab works as an Assistant professor in the Department of English language and Literature at Notre Dame University Bangladesh (NDUB). He has an experience of working as a visiting faculty at the University of Notre Dame (UND) in the USA where he used to help the non-native graduate students with language skill development activities. He has conducted EAP courses and workshops on EAP and technology integration in teaching at UND. He has worked as a faculty in a number of universities in Bangladesh. Shihab had also worked as a researcher in a project funded by International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) and as an executive editor of Journal of Schooling and Education to be published by NDUB press. Shihab holds a BA (Hons) degree from Khulna University, followed by a Master’s degree in English Language and Linguistics from the same institution. His publications include articles in some national and international journals. His research interest lies in educational technology, education policy, Translanguaging, and sociolinguistics.
Ashley Shoptorshi Samaddar
Ashley Shoptorshi Samaddar has been working as a center associate at the NDUB Language Center since its inauguration in 2019. She completed her B A Honors in English (Linguistics and ELT) from Notre Dame University Bangladesh in 2019 and is currently pursuing her masters in linguistics and ELT in the same institution. Ashley visited the Center for the Study of Languages and Culture (CSLC) in University of Notre Dame, Indiana for a fully-funded training and upskilling program where she came across different ways to help enhance language competency among students alongside designing administrative procedures that are both easy and organized. Over the years, she has also grown towards her passion for writing and currently works as a reporter at the noted newspaper, The Daily Star. Alongside academics, she has a keen interest in the field of research, especially in the areas of children education, language education, education technology and language discourse.
Md. Shahrear Amin
Md. Shahrear Amin is an associate at the NDUB Language Center, working partly for the enhancement of the four language skills in English Language of students’, namely reading, writing, listening and speaking. His background is English Language Teaching to non-native speakers, which is a part of Applied Linguistics. He took part in the training program offered by the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, to better implement language learning methodologies and different approaches as one size never fits for all. He currently organizes peer tutoring sessions for the students and holds some administrative responsibilities at the Language Center. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in ELT and continuing to pursue his Master of Arts degree from Department of English in NDUB.