Department Of English

ENG 111 (CC) Elementary English Grammar
This course is designed to help the student have knowledge of and practice in the elementary English grammar necessary for both the productive and receptive skills if the English language. The items to be taught/learned/practiced in the contextualized form include:

  • Word classes
  • Types of sentences
  • Countable/Uncountable nouns
  • Determiners, modifiers
  • Verbs and tenses
  • Adjectives and adverbs
  • Linking words
  • Prepositions
  • Passivization
  • Reported speech 
  • Subject-verb agreement
  • Joining sentences and
  • Transforming sentences

ENG 112 (GEC) Computer Fundamentals (With Lab)
The main objective of the course is to familiarize the students with computer, its configuration and application to professional tasks. The course contents include:

  • hardware and software concepts
  • functions of CPU, memory, and I/O devices
  • functions of operating system
  • introduction to some commonly used operating systems, DOS and Windows environment
  • concept of database, networking and Internet applications
  • application packages (MS Words, MS Excel and MS Access)
  • basic ideas about programming and some high level programming

ENG 113 (CC) Vocabulary Development & Usage

  • Word formation: affixes, prefixes, suffixes
  • Interchange of words
  • The same word used as different parts of speech
  • Simple and compound words
  • Denotation and connotation
  • Lexical collocation and contrast
  • Confusing words
  • Common errors in usage

ENG 121 (CC) Introduction to Poetry
Shakespeare : Shall I Compare Thee to a summer’s Day
                    : My Mistress’s Eyes are Not Like the Sun
John Donne   : The Sunne Rising
Gray             : Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
Wordsworth   : I Wondered Lonely as a Cloud
P B Shelley    : Ozymandias
John Keats     : On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer
Browning       : My Last Duchess
Tennyson       : Ulysses
Robert Frost   : Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Ted Hughes    : Pike, Jaguar

ENG 122 (CC) Introduction to Linguistics & Literary Terminology

  • Terms related to levels of linguistics
  • Terms related to branches of linguistics
  • Terms related to L1 and L2 learning/teaching/research
  • Literary genre and sub-genre
  • Figures of speech
  • Terms used in literary criticism/theories

ENG 123 (CC) Speaking Skills 

  • Speaking basics and gambits
  • Situational talks-formal/informal
  • Grammar of spoken English
  • Pronunciation practice
  • British English versus American English
  • Making dialogues

ENG 132 (CC) Introduction to Fiction and Non-Fiction

  • Orwell              : “Shooting an Elephant”
  • Mansfield          : “The Garden Party”
  • O’Connor          : “My Oedipus Complex”
  • Jane Austen      : Pride and Prejudice

ENG 133 (CC) Introduction to Drama

  • G. B. Shaw     : Arms and the Man
  • O’Neill            : The Hairy Ape
  • Synge            : Riders to the Sea

ENG 134 (CC) Reading Skills

  • Text: texture, cohesion and coherence
  • Text: genre, style, audience, reader-writer relationship, purposes, voice and attitude
  • Types of reading: skimming, scanning, average reading, intensive and extensive reading, study reading
  • Purposes of reading: note-taking, deducing word-meanings from context, reading between the lines, reviewing, summarizing, surveying a book, understanding graphical presentation, etc.

ENG 211 (CC) Writing skills

  • Sentences: basic grammar, joining sentences, expending sentences, transforming sentences, cohesion and coherence
  • Paragraphs: topic introducer, topic sentence, description, termination and strategies for developing paragraphs
  • Letters: informal, neutral and formal letters
  • Essays: outlining and developing different types of essays
  • Other compositions: amplification, writing gist and précis


ENG 212 (CC) Elizabethan & Jacobean Literature

  • Spenser  : The Faerie Queene (Book-I, Canto-I)
  • Christopher Marlowe  : Doctor Faustus
  • Ben Johnson : Volpone
  • Francis Bacon   : Essays(Selected)
  • Webster   : The Duchess of Malfi


ENG 213 (CC) History of English Literature

  • The Age of Chaucer
  • Renaissance and the Elizabethan Age
  • The Puritan Age
  • The Restoration Period
  • Eighteenth Century Literature
  • The Romantic Period
  • The Victorian Age
  • The Modern Age

ENG 221 (CC) Introduction to Linguistics

  • Linguistics: Definition, characteristics, levels and branches
  • Schools of linguistics: Saussure, Bloomfield, Chomsky, and Firth and Halliday
  • Phonetics and phonology: definitions, differences, range and basic aspects
  • Morphology and syntax: morphemes, IC Analysis, PS grammar and TG grammar
  • Semantics and Pragmatics: meanings of meaning, difficulty in studying meaning, types of meaning, semantic relations, transactional and interactional functions of language, sentences versus utterances and spoken versus written language

ENG 222 (CC) Seventeenth Century Literature

  • John Milton                 :Paradise Lost (Books IX & X)
  • William Congreve       :The Way of the World
  • Dryden                      : All for Love
  • John Bunyan              : The Pilgrim’s Progress (Selections)

ENG 223 (CC) Introduction to Western Philosophy

  • Platonism
  • Neo-Platonism
  • Rationalism
  • Empiricism
  • Marxism
  • Evolutionism
  • Sigmund Freud
  • C G Jung
  • Pragmatism
  • Logical Positivism
  • Existentialism


ENG 231 (CC) Metaphysical Poetry

John Donne                  : The Good Morrow
                                   : The Canonization
                                   : The Ecstasy
                                   : A Valediction Forbidding Mourning
George Herbert             : Easter Wings
                                    : The Collar
                                    : The Pulley
Henry Vaughan           : The Retreat
                                 : The World
: Regeneration
Andrew Marvell          : To His Coy Mistress
                                : The Definition of Love
                                : The Garden

ENG 232 (GEC) Business English

  • Words, terms and abbreviations used in business communication
  • The long and the short sentences
  • Punctuation
  • Accuracy of expression
  • Finding mistakes/errors
  • Style: guidelines and pitfalls
  • Business letters
  • Writing summaries
  • Minutes and reports

ENG 233 (CC) Romantic Poetry
Blake               : Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience (selection)

Wordsworth    : Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey
                     : Ode: Intimations of Immortality

Coleridge       : The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Shelley          : Ode to the West Wind     

Byron            : Don Juan (Canto-1)

John Keats     : Ode to a Nightingale
                     : Ode on a Grecian Urn
                     : To Autumn

ENG 234 (CC) American Literature: Prose and Poetry
Emerson                      : The American Scholar
Thoreau                       : Solitude
Walt Whitman               : Song of Myself
Emily Dickinson            : Because I Could Not Stop for Death
                                  : A Narrow Fellow in the Grass
                                  : I Like to See It Lap the Miles
                                  : A Certain Slant of Light
                                  : A Route of Evanescence
Robert Frost                : Mending Wall
                                 : Home Burial
                                 : The Road Not Taken

ENG 311 (CC) Eighteenth Century Literature

  • Jonathan Swift           :Gulliver’s Travels    
  • Addison & Steele       :The Coverley Papers
  • Defoe                       :Robinson Crusoe 
  • Pope                         : The Rape of the Lock

ENG 312 (CC) Business Communication

  • Understanding business communication
  • Communicating successfully in an organization
  • Business messages
  • Direct requests
  • Good news and neutral messages
  • Bad news messages
  • Sales letters and persuasive messages
  • Basics of business reports
  • Short reports and long reports
  • Proposal writing
  • Oral presentation and listening
  • Successful meetings
  • International communication

ENG 313 (CC) Old & Middle English Literature

  • Anonymous                 : The Wanderer
  • Anonymous                 :The Seafarer
  • Anonymous                 : Beowulf
  • Geoffrey Chaucer        : The General Prologue

ENG 321 (CC) Victorian Literature
Alfred Tennyson         : Tithonus 
                                : The Lotos-Eaters
                                : In Memoriam (Selections)
Robert Browning        : Andrea Del Sarto
                                : Fra Lippo Lippi
                                : My Last Duchess
Matthew Arnold          : Dover Beach
                                : The Scholar Gypsy
                                : Thyrsis
Charles Dickens         : Great Expectations
Thomas Hardy           : The Return of the Native

ENG 322 (GEC) Heritage and Culture of Bangladesh

  • Ancient Bengal: geography, people, economy, kingdoms
  • Medieval Bengal: Muslim conquest, development of Bengali language and literature, dynasties.
  • Bengal During the British Rule: English education & its impact, nationalist and religious movements.
  • Modern Bengal: Pakistan period, language movement, movements for autonomy and liberation.

ENG 323 (CC) Literary Criticism

  • Aristotle          :Poetics
  • Sidney            : An apology for Poetry
  • Johnson          :Preface to Shakespeare
  • Wordsworth    :Preface to Lyrical Ballads
  • Arnold            :The Study of Poetry
  • T. S. Eliot       : Tradition and Individual Talent

ENG 331 (CC) Introduction to management Information System

  • Issues related to management of computer-based MIS
  • Topics including planning and administration, control and evaluation, organization and personnel required in managing MIS
  • Special topics including technical and societal issues, and managerial issues, word processing, spread sheets analysis, database system (FoxPro)
  • Presentation of graphics and computer language (c++).

ENG 332 (CC) Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
Phonetics: phonetics and it branches, organs of speech, air-stream mechanism, IPA symbols, cardinal vowel theory, description of vowels and consonants of English and Bangla and the like
Phonology: phone, allophone and phoneme, distinctiveness, redundancy, phonetic similarity, complementary distribution, minimal pair, neutralization, phoneme theories and so forth.

ENG 333 (CC) Listening skills

  • Listening to and identifying phonemes
  • Listening to and reproducing words
  • Listening and reproducing utterances
  • Listening to and role-play dialogues
  • Listening and note-taking
  • Listening and summarizing
  • Listening and answering questions

ENG 334 (CC) Project Paper  
The student who has completed all the courses up to 3rd year of the programme must prepare and submit a Project Paper on the topic or area which should be assigned to him/her by a supervisor. A group of students (maximum 4 students) will be under the supervision of a teacher.

ENG 411(CC) Twentieth Century Poetry
W. B. Yeats    : The Lake Isle of Innisfree
                     : No Second Troy
                     : The Wild Swans at Coole
                     : Easter 1916
                     : The Second Coming
T. S. Eliot       : The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
                     : Mariana
                     : Journey of the Magi
W. H. Auden  : Spain 1937
                    : In Memory of W. B. Yeats
                    : The Shield of Achilles

ENG 412 (CC) Contemporary Theories of Literature

  • Structuralism
  • Deconstruction
  • Feminism
  • Marxism
  • Psychoanalytic Criticism
  • Colonialism
  • Post-Colonialism

ENG 413 (CC) Introduction to ELT

  • Basic principles of ELT
  • Historical landmarks of ELT
  • Development of different approaches and methods in ELT
  • Factors affecting ELT
  • ELT in Bangladesh 


ENG 414 (CC) Shakespeare: Comedy & Tragedy

  • As You Like It
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • Hamlet
  • Macbeth

ENG 421 (CC) Twentieth Century English Novel and Drama

  • Conrad     : The Heart of Darkness
  • Lawrence  : Sons and Lovers
  • Forster     A Passage to India
  • Osborne   Look Back in Anger

ENG 422 (CC) Sociolinguistics

  • Sociolinguistics: definition and range
  • Relationship between language and society, and the sociology of language
  • Language varieties: dialect, standard language, register, idiolect, isogloss and standardization of a dialect
  • Pidgins and creoles: definitions, characteristics, Pidginization and Creolization
  • Diglossia and bilingualism: definitions and relations, code switching and code mixing and borrowing
  • National language and language planning: national and official languages, planning a national language, the linguist’s role in language planning
  • Language and identity: language and social inequalities, attitude towards language and speech, language and gender

ENG 423 (CC) Translation
The student is introduced to the art of translation along with the theories and different techniques of translation. He/she also undertakes intensive and extensive practice in translating literary and non-literary texts from English to Bengali and vice versa. Special emphasis is laid on translating a text maintaining its originality and quality. Translation for special purposes is also covered. 

ENG 424 (CC) American Literature: Novel & Drama

  • Hawthorne :The Scarlet Letter
  • Hemingway :The Old Man and the Sea
  • Saul Bellow :Seize the Day
  • Arthur Miller :The Death of a Salesman

ENG 431(CC) Classics in Translation

  • Sophocles :King Oedipus
  • Aeschylus :Agamemnon
  • Aristophanes :Frogs
  • Homer :The Iliad
  • Virgil :The Aeneid

ENG 432 (CC) Psycholinguistics

  • Definition and scope
  • Child language acquisition: babbling stage, sensory- motor stage, holophrastic stage, two-word stage and further
  • Theories of L1 acquisition
  • Theories of L2 learning
  • Individual factors and L2 acquisition/learning

Eng 433 (CC) Dissertation & Viva

Optional Courses
One or more of these optional courses are offered in case any student appears to be incapable of taking any of the core or general education courses due to any unavoidable circumstances.

ENG 441 (Optional) Postcolonial Literature

  • Edward Said :Orientalism (Introduction)
  • Chinua Achebe :Things Fall Apart
  • Anita Desai : Clear Light of Day
  • Wole Soyinka :Lion and the Jewel
  • R. K. Narayan : The Guide

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