Arif Chowdhury is Lecturer and Coordinator at the department of English Language and Literature. He is also contributing as Director (in charge) of Cultural Affairs Division, University of Creative Technology, Chittagong.
Arif believes that the process of learning should be Student-centred to achieve Student-autonomy, to have critical awareness and creativity, and in the process, students learn to be independent thinkers and problem solvers to take real-life challenges.
He incorporates different English Language teaching methods and approaches to suit the need of students with various learning styles in relation to the objectives of course offered, especially Task Based Language learning approach for developing linguistic and communicative competence and content-driven approach for teaching English for Academic Purposes.
Furthermore, he actively engages students in the learning process by creating appropriate environment with real life contexts to give students reasons to learn things. This helps harness students’ ability to form questions, to see issues in perspective, participate in dialogue, and present informed judgement by analysing ‘texts’ to foster their inquisitiveness and critical understanding.
Students nowadays are Digital Natives! To employ students’ digital knowledge and skills into learning process, he looks for more creative ways of integration of technologies such as Mobile Devices for student-led audiovisual activities, using Blog and social media sites to create language awareness in contexts, Podcasts, interactive learning Apps etc. in teaching and learning situations to make content more motivating, engaging, interactive, and tailor-made.
Arif has extensive experience in teaching English as Foreign Language, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and as academic discipline both in Bangladesh and the UK. He started teaching English Language at an English medium School at his native Chittagong in 2009. In the UK, he worked as Senior English Teacher and Director of Studies with Embassy English, a British Council recognised English Language provider. After that he was appointed as Academic English Teacher at International Study Centre, Huddersfield University, UK. He also worked as Director of Studies and Academic Manager with Oxford International Education Group, Greenwich, UK, also a British Council recognised English Language provider in the UK. Some key activities to focus on:
- Taught students from diverse ethnic, linguistic and national backgrounds.
- Executed EFL teachers’ teaching practice and lesson observation sessions as DoS.
- Conducted seminars, workshops and other interactive sessions on ELT for teachers of English from European countries.
- Participated in various seminar and workshop series on ELT at his workplaces, including British Council London.
Academic and Teacher Training:
He has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English Language and Literature from IIUC and PUC. He has an MA in International ELT and Applied Linguistics from London Metropolitan University. He achieved his Trinity CertTESOL in London, a UK qualified teacher training course awarded by Trinity College London and a teacher training certificate in Teaching English for Academic Purposes (TEAP) from Language Centre, London School of Economics (LSE).
His areas of teaching and research interest are generally in ELT and issues in (Applied) Linguistics. He intends to further his research work on and around his MA dissertation title:
“(Re) shaping Spoken Discourse: A Quest into the Changes in Spoken Discourse among Bengali non-native speakers of English in London.”
He blogs, takes hiking and trekking tours, and of course, loves sports! As a former candidate in the Londonmet Students’ Union election 2011 at London Metropolitan University, he actively promotes and plays leading role in students’ cultural and extracurricular activities here at UCTC.
He is currently engaged in developing an EAP course for UCTC students on pilot basis collaborating UCTC faculty members from different departments. He also oversees the activities of English Language Centre at UCTC.
|ID||Event Name||Duration||Start Date|
|UE-004||Student Exchange Program Information Sessions||5 Hours||December 23, 2015|
|UE-003||Vegie Garden Wednesday Workshops||4 Hours||December 22, 2015|