Journal

Approaches to affordable and sustainable housing

Vol. 6, No. 2
Author(s):
Mahbubur Rahman

Abstract

Squatter settlements provide housing to 30-70% of the urban population in many developing countries. They have grown enormous due to widespread poverty and inadequate housing finance and land development systems. Governments mostly assisted by the international aid agencies have improved environment, tenure security, income and resources in many settlements.

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Language learning motivation: what's on a student's mind when learning English language

Vol. 6, No. 2
Author(s):
Tahreen Ahmed

Abstract

This paper explores students' language learning motivation and the factors that motivate and demotivate them in English learning at BRAC University. A total of 124 ENG-091 students were surveyed in summer 2009 and asked about their reasons for learning English, whether they felt motivated in attending their classes and the factors that motivate and demotivate them.


Combined effects of radiation and heat generation on MHD natural convection flow along a vertical flat plate in presence of heat conduction

Vol. 6, No. 2
Author(s):
Mohammad Mokaddes Ali
Rowsanara Akhter

Abstract

Study of the effects of radiation and heat generation on MHD natural convection flow of an incompressible viscous electrically conducting fluid along a vertically placed flat plate in presence of heat conduction is considered. The governing equations of the flow are transformed into dimensionless from with appropriate transformations and then solved using the implicit finite difference method with Keller-Box scheme.


Evaluation of different temporal disaggregation techniques and an application to Italian GDP

Vol. 6, No. 2
Author(s):
Mohammad Rafiqul Islam

Abstract

In this paper temporally disaggregation is conducted through regression-based models, namely by Chow-Lin (1971) and Fernandez (1981). The disaggregation is carried out using four GDP series of Italy, collecting data from ISTAT (Statistical office of Italy). We evaluated disaggregating capacity as well as forecasting ability about the future series by different simulation techniques.


Professional English language course with content

Vol. 6, No. 2
Author(s):
Samina Nasrin Chowdhury

Abstract

This paper offers a critical examination of a content-based professional EFL course, designed by centre for Languages (CFL), BRAC University in Bangladesh with the objectives of improving students’ language skills, content knowledge and professional attitude. How content-based instruction (CBI) develops students’ language and cognitive learning are analyzed in Bangladesh EFL context with literature review.


In Richard Wright's native soon, the gaze of the white eye ironically selfblinding works as panopticon and makes the black go blind

Vol. 6, No. 1
Author(s):
Nipa Nasrin

Abstract

In Native Son Richard Wright explains the causes of the psychological blindness of the Blacks and of the Whites, along with their results. Wright illustrates how the white gaze and ideology work as panopticon and force the Blacks into a pressured and dangerous state of mind while the media constantly portrays them as animalistic brutes. This conditioning bounds the Black to react violently or to become blind towards own existence.


An examination of FDI and growth nexus in Bangladesh: engle granger and bound testing cointegration approach

Vol. 6, No. 1
Author(s):
Shafiun Nahin Shimul
S.M. Abduallah
Salina Siddiqua

Abstract

This paper attempted at finding the long run relationship or cointegration between foreign direct investment and economic growth for Bangladesh using time series data of 1973-2007. For testing cointegration, the two modern time series econometric approaches- bound testing Autoregressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) Model and Engle Granger two step procedures - were executed and this study found that FDI and GDP was not cointegrated.


Sustainability of assisted shelter projects in post-cyclone communities: The Southkhali case, Bangladesh

Vol. 6, No. 1
Author(s):
Sheikh Serajul Hakim

Abstract

Sustainability results from the combination of a number of socio-cultural, economical, organizational, technical and environmental factors in development. Any project is only sustainable when it meets today’s needs and also thinks about tomorrow’s possible problems and ways to resolve those. Sustainability of housing projects, therefore, must also consider all these.


Human resource accounting (HRA) disclosure of Bangladeshicompanies and its association with corporate characteristics

Vol. 6, No. 1
Author(s):
Syed Abdulla Al Mamun

Abstract

This study reports the relationship between corporate characteristics and Human Resource Disclosure (HRAD) level in fifty five randomly selected companies of Bangladesh. The relationships were determined using a HRAD Index (HRADI) under a number of hypotheses. The results of the study show that companies averagely disclose 25% of the total HRAD items.


The language of hermaphrodites as they speak their own special kind of language within their community in Bangladesh

Vol. 6, No. 1
Author(s):
Ahmed Salehin Kaderi

Abstract

Languages take birth and die out in this world; and there are still languages that we have not yet discovered. With this hypothesis in mind a search shows that the hermaphrodites in Bangladesh speak their own kind of language to communicate within their own community. They call their language the “Reverse Language” and speak it to hide and isolate them from the so called mainstream society.


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