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

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 Cultures (CSLC), Associate Professor of Irish Language and Literature, University of Notre Dame, Indiana (USA), Maggie Vosters, Assistant Director, CSLC, and Lisa Joy Oglesbee, Coordinator of English for Academic Purposes, CSLC.
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

Listening Lab

Aiming to help students enhance their listening skills, the NDUB LC Listening Lab provides audio content on a variety of genres, including sports, current affairs, animations, theater, movies, art, culture, economics, trade and commerce, lifestyle, mental health, law and legislation, and entertainment, among others. With their multiple high-quality computers with headphones, the listening lab provides the visiting members with the best listening experience. Opting for a creative way in terms of linguistic input, the listeners can help upgrade their pronunciation and cohesion by simply acquiring the language in natural order rather than just memorizing grammatical structures.

Peer Tutoring

The peer tutoring program facilitated by the NDUB LC helps individuals to work through their weaknesses in English with the help of their peers (fellow students). The peer tutoring strategy involves language learners to serve each other as academic tutors and tutees. This method allows the English language learners to engage and interact with each other in the target language English. Working through with each other, the pair gradually picks up each other’s strengths and finds ways to get rid of their drawbacks.

IELTS Prep

NDUB LC offers free practice materials for individuals who are preparing for their IELTS examinations. Alongside materials, the center also facilitates consultancy for students and help them by providing feedback.

Panel Discussions

Conducted by skilled professors and experts, free workshops and seminars are organized by the NDUB LC once every 2 weeks. While the workshops are interactive and promote collaborative learning for the attendees, the seminars provide specific lectures on academic, social, political, and cultural themes. On the other hand, the panel discussions help students broaden their perception of topics. The students can register for these workshops at the NDUB LC during office hours.

One on One Counseling Sessions

NDUB LC is offering two types of counselling sessions at the moment: academic and career. While academic counselling focuses on helping a student get better in academics, the career counselling session helps them acquire soft skills and practical knowledge which prove to be assets in the job market.

Seminars and Workshops

Conducted by skilled professors and experts, free workshops and seminars are organized by the NDUB LC once every 2 weeks. While the workshops are interactive and promote collaborative learning for the attendees, the seminars provide specific lectures on academic, social, political, and cultural themes. On the other hand, the panel discussions help students broaden their perception of topics. The students can register for these workshops at the NDUB LC during office hours.

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.

Short Courses

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

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

Asst. Professor

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

Lecturer

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

Asst. Professor

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

Center Associate

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

Associate

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.

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