Dr Arifa Rahman is the Professor of English in the Institute of Modern Languages in Dhaka University. She is also the President of Bangladesh English Language Teachers’ Association ( BELTA) .
In this exclusive interview with VOA Bangla Service Professor Arifa Rahman talks about the state of English Language in Bangladesh . She also talks about training of English Language teachers to adequately equip them with resources for teaching the language effectively. She says that although Communicative Language Teaching has become a kind of “buzz word” , there is very little being done to put it into practice.
Professor Rahman says as far as English language is concerned, there is a kind of paradox in Bangladesh. One the one hand there is an overwhelming interest for learning the language and on the other the skill is lacking even amongst the teachers. Therefore, the proficiency in English language is remarkably low amongst the learners in Bangladesh .
Arifa Rahman says that BELTA is working to improve the situation and despite limitations they have been holding regular workshops. Other organizations are working too to improve the standard of English in Bangladesh.
However, she emphasizes on cohesion and coordination amongst all organizations whose objective is train teachers and to raise the proficiency level of English amongst the learners and users of English language.