A Two-Day Workshop on developing humanistic language teaching materials: Humanising a second soul

The Center for Language Studies (CLS), University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh organized a two day online workshop on developing humanistic language teaching materials on 1 April and 8 April, 2021 consecutively in ZOOM platform. Prof. Dr. Md. Zulfeqar Haider works as a teacher, teacher trainer, textbook and curriculum writer and an assessment specialist for a number of national level projects and organizations in Bangladesh. The opening remark of the event was delivered by the honourable advisor of CLS, Dr. Shaila Sultana which portrayed the crucial role of culturally sensitive and inclusive materials in English language teaching under the current circumstances. While the first session of the workshop highlighted the theoretical aspects of humanizing course books, the second session included hand-on practice on applying practical aspects of developing language teaching materials that are sensible, engaging, culturally appropriate and ‘humanistic’. Participants were encouraged to develop and use their own materials featuring activities such as storytelling, folktales, oral texts, role plays, small plays etc. These sessions were moderated by Hosne Al Noor, lecturer, CLS. Teachers and researchers from different institutions in Bangladesh and other countries participated in the workshop and shared their ideas. This recording of this workshop is currently available on the official facebook page of CLS.

The Universityof Liberal Arts Bangladesh and its curricula are accredited by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh, and approved by the Ministry of Education, Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh.