Ambiguities and tensions in the role and use of English in Bangladesh
Over the past few years, there has been a revival of interest in the English language in Bangladesh with the government putting a lot of emphasis on the teaching and learning of English. There have been a plethora of initiatives at the macro-level to strengthen English language education in urban as well as rural areas in the country which are to a certain extent complemented by micro-level initiatives at the family level.
Mother and transgendered son: a study of gender role conflict in Sherwood Anderson’s “mother”
In a conventional society men are expected to be masculine. Unlike women, they must be resolute, authoritarian and truculent. In comparison to men, women are presumed to exhibit feminine gender traits like submissiveness, compassion and obedience. However, if a discrepancy is found between a man/woman’s gender expression and his/her biologically assigned sex, then it is called GRC or Gender Role Conflict.
The usefulness of the debate between focus on form and focus on forms
The literature review includes 13 articles and 2 chapters from 2 books titled Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching, and Learning, and Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching published in the last ten years focusing on the efficacy of Focus on form (FonF) or the communicative use of grammar in comparison with Focus on forms (FonFS) or the explicit use of grammar in language classrooms.
Cultural relativism and human rights in Ama Ata Aidoo’s changes: a love story
Ama Ata Aidoo’s Changes documents the changing situations of contemporary women in Accra, Ghana. The novel deals with an idea of the Western-styled universalist language of women’s rights, a concept that constructs certain understandings of women’s rights as applicable to all women.
Description of verb morphology in colloquial Bangla
The paper presents a description of the Colloquial Bangla (Bengali) verb morphology in relation to the Standard Bangla. As researchers begin to conduct studies in various aspects of Bangla, e.g. in computational linguistics or child language acquisition, descriptions of colloquial Bangla are required.
Woman as ‘other’ in the short stories of contemporary Bangladeshi writers
Women, irrespective of all classes, races, religions and societies, have always been confined to particular roles sanctioned by the male-dominated society. The patriarchal ideologies regard women as “sexual objects” or mere “inessential entities” owned by their fathers or husbands. This parasitic treatment of women has robbed them of their individuality and independence, and rendered them powerless and dispensable.
Hindu women’s property rights: Bangladesh perspective
In Bangladesh Hindu women are guaranteed meager property rights in comparison to their male relative as well as their other religious counterparts. Although Bangladesh is mandated through its constitution to prohibit all sorts of discrimination on the ground of sex and religion, no single piece of legislation has so far been enacted to reform the traditional laws that guarantee limited property rights to Hindu women.
Implementing blogs as a learning tool in Asian EFL/ESL learning context
“Weblogs” or “Blogs” is a type of technology that allows writing personal journals online that can be published and viewed over the web. Even though blogs are being used for personal, educational, journalistic and commercial purposes worldwide, it is not a common practice among the non-native English users in Asia. This paper points out that a blog can be an effective tool for EFL/ESL users of Asia for improving their English skills.
The place of Pierre Bourdieu's theories in (popular) cultural studies
This article examines the relevance of French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu’s theories to cultural studies. His key concepts such as cultural capital, habitus, field and symbolic violence are introduced and explained in relation to their prospects and limitations in the study of culture.
Developing a motivation-conscious second language teaching approach: a literature survey
Motivation is probably used as the most important factor when describing success and failure in second language (L2) learning. During the lengthy and often tedious process of mastering an L2, learners with sufficient motivation are expected to achieve success. One of the most important determinant factors of L2 learners’ motivation is teachers.