ARC Seminar: Sayeedur Rahman
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
4:00 pm — 5:30 pm
Hybrid (see description for details)
Open to the Public
Projectization and Sustainability of Donor Funded ELT Aid in Bangladesh: Micro Political Issues
This is a hybrid event. Participants may choose to attend in person at CUNY Graduate Center, room 5318, or online via Zoom (link sent upon registration).
The study attempts to identify several micro-political issues that influence project-initiation and implementation related to the suitability and sustainability of ELT aid projects, such as the awareness of the significance of the project's context and the need for a context-driven and sensitive approach by the aid donors. Donors in the field of English language teaching address the global demand for English for economic development, whereas beneficiary nations believe they need to participate in a globalized economy. Many donor organizations, such as DfID, CIDA, World Bank, and ADB, have worked with the government of Bangladesh to execute various ELT programs in an effort to improve English literacy. Since the 1980s, the ELT reform initiatives have supported the use of new innovations with ELT as part of larger projectization with an aim to promote national development through the enhancement of English language abilities. It stands to reason that such initiatives must be thoroughly evaluated to ensure their effectiveness. Such an evaluation of the ELT aid initiatives is the major objective of this study, with a focus on the management of ELT assistance in the local context. The study also discusses the impacts on broader educational concerns of the increased use of English and the promotion of English-language education in developmental contexts. It tracks the considerations that have affected the policies thus far, their implementation, and their rather bleak outcomes while documenting the most recent advancements of ELT assistance in Bangladesh. Furthermore, it argues for the appropriateness of a baseline and integrative approach in ELT aid development in volatile contexts such as Bangladesh. The study was conducted on the basis of a series of interviews of select national consultants and participants with varying degrees of knowledge about ELT aid projects and experience, such as teachers, ELT advisers, professors, education specialists, education reporter and desk reviews of various secondary documents, policy papers, evaluation reports, research, etc. It reveals the need for ELT aid developers to explore the dynamics of aid and identify potential areas of synergetic collaboration which can be an alternative paradigm of ELT aid development in developing countries like Bangladesh.
Sayeedur Rahman is Professor and former Chairman of the Department of English Language at the Institute of Modern Languages (IML), University of Dhaka. He received PhD in ELT from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, as an Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Scholar. He has extensively worked as an ESL/EFL teacher and researcher for last 20 years and has published widely in the areas of SLA and Sociolinguistics. He has worked as a consultant and led several ELT projects with the Save the Children, the Open University-UK, UNICEF, Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), British Council and English in Action (EIA) project funded by the UK Government and Mott MacDonald. He was awarded the Researcher Links fellowships from the British council, UK in 2014 as a Visiting Fellow with the OU, UK. He is also a certified Master Trainer by the University Grants Commission (UGC), Bangladesh, and the British Council Bangladesh. His research interest includes sociolinguistics, EFL syllabus design and materials development, socio-psychological study of EFL, individual differences in language learning and EAP/ESP.
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