Brac Institute of Languages (BIL) of Brac University is working with the goal to assist students in developing the language skills they need to become successful in graduate schools and in their professional lives. BIL focuses on implementing student-centered and creative language teaching techniques by developing modules based on students’ proficiency level. This not only helps avoid having mixed ability classes, but also ensures small classes with excellent interaction between teachers and learners.
Pre-University is a unique course designed for those students who proved themselves competent in their respective disciplines during the admission test except in English. Besides, MA in TESOL, the flagship programme of BIL, is creating efficient English language teachers and leaders from around the country with its well-organized curriculum, and innovative and practice-oriented teaching approach.
BIL had conducted a three-week long English language development course for ‘Medhabikash’ and Training for RAI Foundation Scholarship Recipients. It had worked with BRAC’s STAR project in collaboration with UNICEF and ILO for the capacity development of the outreach students who are currently involved in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Together with BRAC, ILO and Bureau of Manpower (Bangladesh), BIL had worked on establishing the language labs for the project titled ‘Promoting Decent Work through Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh’. In collaboration with BRAC Institute of Global Health (BIGH), BIL had developed six modules on English for Specific Purposes (ESP) for the ‘Diploma in Midwifery’ course. BIL had also collaborated with the English in Action project aided by the Open University, UK in their MYTEC programme.
The strengths that the faculty members of BIL reflect are their interests and work experiences in diverse spheres of academia, such as assessment, reflective teaching, peer review, critical and creative thinking, adult teaching, teacher training, experiential learning, English for specific purposes, English for academic purposes, curriculum & syllabus design, material development, education and society, use of literature in language teaching, computer assisted language learning, etc.