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  Syllabus for M. A. (Prel. and Final) in English

“Master of Arts (Preliminary) in English” Program

“M. A. (Preliminary) in English” Program is a 1-year Program spread over 2 semesters. This program is meant for those university graduates (Such as B. A. pass graduates or graduates with concentration on any discipline other than English) who did not concentrate on English so far but now wish to be specialized in English and acquire a degree with specialization in English. Successful completion of M. A. (Prel.) in English Program will enable a student to join M. A. (Final) in English Program.

Proficiency in English has turned out to be indispensable for entry into almost every walk of life in the modern world. Irrespective of what may be the professional field, English nowadays is required by everyone. We therefore in Bangladesh need English everywhere in all courses of study. To meet this enormous demand Sylhet International University is launching this M. A. (Prel.) in English Program. This program will ensure solid ground for students in English Literature as well as English Language including ELT.

Program Structure

M.A. (Preliminary) in English Program consists of two semesters. Each semester is of six months (April to September and October to March) in which there will be at least 15 weeks of course work and the rest of the time will include tests and examinations.

The Program consists of 36 credit hours in all as detailed below.

M.A. (Preliminary) First semester (15 Credits)

The department of English will offer any five from the following courses each having 03 credit hours.

Course Code Course Title Credits
ENG 501 Language: Grammar, Reading, Writing and Comprehension 03
ENG 503 Introduction to English Literature-I 03
ENG 505 Introduction to English Literature-II 03
ENG 507 Introduction to Linguistics 03
ENG 509 Critical Application, Rhetoric and Prosody 03
ENG 511 English Language Teaching (ELT) 03
ENG 513 World Classics 03

M.A. (Preliminary) Second Semester (15 Credits)

The department of English will offer any five from the following courses each having 03 credit hours.

Course Code Course Title Credits
ENG 515 Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century English Literature 03
ENG 517 Restoration and 18th Century English Literature 03
ENG 519 The Romantic Poets 03
ENG 521 English Literary Criticism 03
ENG 523 Victorian Literature 03
ENG 525 20th Century English Literature 03
ENG 527 Anglo Saxon and Medieval English Literature 03

* The department will offer courses in such a way that the student can be educated in both Literature and Language.

* In addition to 30 credit hours noted above there will be 06 more credits as noted below.

Course Code Course Title Credit hours
ENG 530 A term paper to be presented before a board 03
ENG 532 A comprehensive Viva Voce 03

Course Description


Part – I


Course Code:  ENG 501

Course Title : Language: Grammar, Reading, Writing and Comprehension


  1. Grammar:
  1. Clauses and sentences structures
  2. Syntax
  3. Sequence of tenses
  4. Phrases and Idioms/ Phrasal verbs
  5. Tense
  6. Voice
  7. Narration
  8. Prepositions
  9. Transformation of sentences
  10. Corrections
  1. Reading:

Students will be required to answer questions from given passages. The questions are as follows:

  1. Comprehension questions
  2. Completing sentences
  3. Changing words
  4. Multiple choice
  5. Matching sentences
  6. True/false
  7. Précis/summary
  1. Writing:
  2. Paragraph
  3. Composition
  • Business Letters/ Job Application
  1. Report Writing/ Memoranda

Book Recommended:

  1. A. Ashley: A Handbook of Commercial Correspondence, OUP
  2. M. Monipatty: The Craft of Business Letter Writing, Tata McGraw Hill
  3. K. Mohan and M. Banerjee : Developing Communication Skills, Macmillan
  4. M. Osborn and S. Osborn : Public Speaking, AITBS Publishers
  5. M.A. Rizvi : Effective Technical Communication, Tata McGraw-Hill


Course Code: ENG 503

Course Title : Introduction to English Literature-I


Shakespeare: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day”,

“My Mistress’s Eyes are nothing Like the Sun”

Donne   : “The sun rising”, “Canonization”,

P.B. Shelley  : “The Ode to the West Wind”

John Keats: Ode on a Grecian Urn”, “To Autumn”

Tennyson: “Ulysses”, “The Lotos-Eaters”,

Robert Browning: “My Last Duchess”, “Fra Lippo Lippi”

  1. S. Eliot: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

Emily Dickenson: “I like to see it lap the miles”,

“Because I could not stop for Death”

Books Recommended :

  1. Brooks and R.P. Warren : Understanding Poetry
  2. Shapiro and Beum : A Prosody Handbook
  3. Boulton : Anatomy of Poetry
  1. M.H. Abrams :  A Glossary of Literary Terms
  2. X.J. Kennedy : An Introduction to Poetry, Fiction and Drama.
  3. Deb, P.K.      :An Approach to the study of English Literature

Course Code:  ENG 505

Course Title : Introduction to English Literature II


George Orwell           :“Shooting an Elephant

  1. K. Narayan : The Financial Expert

Jane Austen               :  Pride and Prejudice

William Shakespeare:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  1. B. Shaw : Arms and the Man              

Books Recommended: 

  1. M. Forster : Aspects of the Novel
  2. B. Millett : Reading Fiction
  3. Boulton : Anatomy of Fiction; Anatomy of Prose
  4. J. Kennedy : An Introduction to Poetry, Fiction and Drama.
  5. Boulton : Anatomy of Drama
  6. T. Jones : Studying Drama, An Introduction
  1. S.I. Choudhury : Kabya Totto (Bangla Translation of Poetics)           


Course Code:  ENG 507

Course Title : Introduction to Linguistics

Language: Definition and Characteristics; Origin of language, society and culture: History of English language and the study of English language changes; Different Branches of linguistics; Phonetics, Morphology, Syntax and Semantics; Relationship between linguistics and Literature; Role of Linguistics in Language Teaching; Second language Acquisition/ learning; Recent development in Linguistics, Phonetics, phonology and IPA symbols.

Books Recommended:

  1. Victoria Framkin: An Introduction to Language
  2. John Lyon: Language and Linguistics
  3. Dr Varshney: A Introductory Text Book of Linguistics and Phonetics
  4. J Richard & J Plot: Longman Dictionary of Applied Linguistics
  5. R L Trash: A Student Dictionary of Language and Linguistics


Course Code:  ENG 509

Course Title : Critical Appreciation, Rhetoric and Prosody

Summary and Interpretation: Narrative Prediction; Language, dialogue and setting; Sound patterns and interpretation; Literary and non- literary language; Word patterns; stylistic analysis; Analyzing poetry and prose for sound, sense, imagery, structure, rhetoric and prosody.

Books Recommended:

  1. M H Abrahams: A Glossary of Literary Terms
  2. Bose and Sterling: Elements of Rhetoric and Prosody
  3. M Boulton: Anatomy of Poetry & Anatomy of Prose
  4. J A Cuddon: Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory
  5. Gopal Mallik Thakur: The Anatomy of Rhetoric and Prosody
  6. Rodger Fowler: A Dictionary of Modern Critical Terms
  7. Martin Stephen: English Literature: A student Guide

Course Code:  ENG 511

Course Title : English Language Teaching (ELT)


History of ELT : Grammar-Translation Method, Direct Method, Audio-lingual Method, Revolution and Contemporary Methods, The Communicative approach and the Natural approach.

Teaching and testing the four skills : Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing

Testing : General principles of testing; purposes, kinds and designing language testing.

Syllabus Design : Purpose, types, construction. Syllabus and curriculum. Needs analysis, Learner centred approach and designing syllabuses for students at different levels.

Error analysis: The concept of error, description and explanation of error, significance of error analysis and limitation of error analysis.

Books Recommended:

  1. Hughes 1989 : Testing for Language Teachers. CUP
  2. Tomlinson (ed.). 1998 : Materials Development in Language teaching. CUP
  3. C. Richards and T. S. Rodgers. 1986 : Approaches and methods in Language Teaching. CUP
  4. Ur. 1996 : A Course in Language Teaching. CUP
  5. V. White. 1988 : The ELT Curriculum. Oxford: Blackwell
  6. 1991 : Designing Tasks for the Communicative Classroom. OUP
  7. Harmer. 1983 : The Practices of English Language Teaching Longman.
  1. Roy, Himadri Sekhar & Mahmud, Rashed. Syllabus, Curriculum and Material Design.


Course Code:  ENG 513

Course Title : World Classics

Aristotle                      : Poetics

  1. Dostoevsky : Crime and Punishment

Sophocles                    : King Oedipus

Ernest Hemingway     : The old man and The Sea

Garcia Marquez’s        : One Hundred Years of Solitude

Rabindranath Tagore : The Home and the World

Lorca                           :  Selections

Neruda                        :  Selections

Books Recommended:

  1. Barnet, Burman, Burto, and Cain. Longman (ed.). XI edition :  An Introduction to Literature.
  2. Jerome Beaty and Paul Hunter (ed.) : The Norton Introduction to Literature.
  3. Webster, Miriam : Encyclopedia of Literature
  4. . Malcolm Bradbary (ed.) : Introduction to American Studies,
  5. Luedike, L. S : Making America : The Society and Culture of the United States.
  6. Mathiessen, F. O : American Renaissance
  7. Lewis , R : The American Adam.
  8. Tayler, M. C : History of American Literature : 1607 – 1765
  9. Chase, Richard : The American Novel .

Part – II

Course Code:   ENG 515

Course Title : Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century English Literature


Spenser            : The Faerie Queen, BK.1

Bacon              : Essays: “Of Friends”, “Of Truth”

Thomas Kyd   : The Spanish Tragedy

Marlowe          : Doctor Faustus

Shakespeare    : Macbeth

Marvell            : “To His Coy Mistress”, “Definition of Love”

Milton             : Paradise Lost, Books IX and X

Books Recommended:

  1. Alvarez: The School of Donne
  2. J. Smith: Donne: Songs and Sonnets
  3. Willey: Seventeenth Century Background
  4. M. Tillyard: Milton
  5. R. Wilson: Seventeenth Century English Prose
  6. K. Hunter: Paradise Lost
  7. J. Grierson: Cross Currents in English Literature of the 17th Century
  8. Bayley, Spenser: Fairie Queen
  9. The Pelican Guide to English Literature Vol.3
  10. C. Bradeley: Shakespearian Tragedy
  11. L. Lucas: Seneca and Elizabethan Tragedy
  12. B. Harrison: Introducing Shakespeare
  13. Salinger: Shakespeare and the Traditions of Comedy
  14. C. Bradbook: Themes and Conventions of Elizabethan Tragedy
  15. N. Rabkin (ed.): Twentieth Century Interpretations of the Duchess of Malfi

Course Code:    ENG 517

Course Title :  Restoration and 18th Century English Literature


Dryden                        :   MacFlecknoe

Defoe              :   Robinson Crusoe

Swift               :   Gulliver’s Travels

Pope                :   The Rape of the Lock

Congreve         :   The Way of the World

Sheridan          :   The Rivals



Course Code:  ENG 519

Course Title : The Romantic Poets


Blake               :  Songs of Innocence and Experience

Wordsworth    :  Prelude 1; “Tintern Abbey”, “Immortality ode”, Lucy Poems.

Coleridge        :  The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, “Kubla Khan”, “Dejection:  An   Ode”.

Byron              :  Don Juan І & Π

Shelley            :  Adonais; “Ode to Skylark”, “The Cloud”

Keats               : “Ode to a Nightingale”, “Ode to Psyche”, “Ode on a Melancholy”

Books  Recommended:

  1. B. Pinion : A Wordsworth Companion
  2. C. Bowra : The Romantic Imagination
  3. H. Abrams (ed) : English Romantic Poets
  4. Frye : A Study of English Romanticism
  5. Elton : A Survey of English Literature: 1780-1830
  6. Hodgart : Preface to Shelley


Course Code:  ENG 521

Course Title : English Literary Criticism


Dryden                        : “Preface to the Fables”

Johnson           : “ Preface to Shakespeare”

Wordswoth      : “Preface to the Lyrical Ballads”

Coleridge         : Biographia Literaria

(Chapters xii,xiv,xv,xvii)

Eliot                 : “Tradition and The Individual Talent”

Arnold              : “The study of poetry”

Said                  : Introduction to Orientalism

Books Recommended: 

  1. Wimsal & Brooks : Literary Criticism: A Short History.
  2. Richards, A: Principles of Literary Criticism
  3. Wellek, Rene : The Rise of English Literary History.
  4. Warren, Austen. & Wellek, Rene : Theory of Literature.
  5. Polts, T.D : Poetics: Aristotle.

Course Code:  ENG 523

Course Title : Victorian Literature


Tennyson                     : In Memoriam (selection), “ Tithonus’, “Locksley Hall”

Arnold                         : “Thyrsis”, “The scholar –Gipsy”; ‘ Rugby Chapel”, “Dover Beach”

Browning                    : “Porphyria’s Lover”, “Andrea del sarto”, “ A Grammarian’s Funeral”,

“Rabbi Ben Ezra”.

Charles Dickens          : Great Expectation

Thomas Hardy            : Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Charlotte Bronte         : Jane Eyre


Books Recommended: 

  1. Cecil, David : Early Victorian Novelists.
  2. Brandis, George : Main Currents in the 19th Century Literature Vol.:4
  3. Walker, Hugh : The Literature of the Victorian Era
  4. Elton, Oliver : A Survey of English Literature: 1830-1880
  5. Forster, E. M : Aspects of Novel
  6. Allen, Walter : The English Novel.

Course Code:  ENG 525

Course Title : 20th Century English Literature


  1. Beckett : Waiting for Godot

E.M. Foster                 : A Passage to India

Joseph Conrad            : Lord Jim

T.S. Eliot                     : The Waste Land

W.B.Yeats                  : Selection

W.H. Auden               : Lullaby, The Shield of Achilles, Musee des Beaux Arts.

Seamus Heaney           : Selections

William Golding         : Lord of the Flies



Course Code:  ENG 527

Course Title : Anglo-Saxon and Medieval English Literature


  1. Beowulf
  2. The Seafarer
  3. The Wanderer
  4. Malory: The Tale of the Death of King Arthur. ED. Vinaver; and
  5. Chaucer: Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.



Books Recommended:

  1. Long, W. J : English Literature
  2. Gordon, R.K : Anglo-Saxon Poetry. Everyman’s Library.
  3. Penguin Classics: Beowulf.
  4. Penguin Classics: The Earliest English Poems.
  5. Penguin Classics: Medieval English Verse.
  6. Renwick & Orton : The Beginnings of English Literature.
  7. Wardel : Chapters on Old English Literature.
  8. Penguin Classics: The History of English Church: Bede
  9. Anderson, G. K : The Literature of the Anglo-Saxons.

M.A. in English Literature and Language Program

“Master of Arts in English Literature and Language” Program is a 1-year Program divided into two Semesters. It is a graduate program intended for students who have already successfully completed a B.A. Honours program in English or who have successfully done an M.A. (Preliminary) program in English. The degree objective of this graduate program is “M.A. in English Literature and Language.” The detailed eligibility conditions for admission will be determined by the university.

This program is designed to serve several purposes. Primarily this program is for those who took up English as their field of concentration at the under-graduate level and wish to go ahead with their specialization a step forward. This program, as its title indicates, specializes the student both for English literature and English language. Instead of being compartmentalized in either literature or language, students get more room to pursue both literature and language for further studies and remain capable of fulfilling wider requirements in the job market. Further this graduate program grooms up the students for efficiently pursuing programs for Ph.D. Apart from specialization in English and employment as teachers and researchers, the program ensures preparation of the student for executive jobs through competitive examinations.

The program requires the student to complete 36 credit hours over two semesters as detailed in the following Program Structure. Each semester is of six months (April to September and October to March) in which there will be at least 15 weeks of course work and the rest of the time will include tests and examinations.

Program Structure

M.A. Final first semester (15 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Credit hours Type of Course
ENG 601 Shakespeare 03 Lit. (Compulsory)
ENG 603 Literary Theory 03 Lit. (Compulsory)
ENG 605 Modernism 03 Lit.
ENG 607 Modern European Fiction and Drama 03 Lit.
ENG 609 Second Language Acquisition 03 Language
ENG 611 Sociolinguistics 03 Language
ENG 613 Psycholinguistics 03 Language

* The department of English will announce prior to each semester the courses that will be offered so that there may be 3 courses from literature including the two compulsory courses and 2 courses from language.

M.A. Final Second semester (15 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Credit hours Type of Course
ENG 615 History of English Language 03 Language (Compulsory)
ENG 617 Teacher Education and Research Methodology 03 Language (Compulsory)
ENG 619 Discourse Analysis and Pragmatics 03 Language
ENG 621 Syllabus and Material Design 03 Language
ENG 623 American Literature

(From Bradford to Mark Twain)

03 Literature
ENG 625 American Literature

(From James to Morrison)

03 Literature
ENG 627 Post-colonial Literature 03 Literature
ENG 629 20th Century Women’s Prose and Feminist literacy criticism 03 Literature

* The department of English will announce prior to each semester the courses that will be offered so that there may be 3 courses from Language including the two compulsory courses and 2 courses from Literature.

Thesis and Viva Voce

In addition to course work of 30 credits done in the two semesters, there will be thesis and viva voce as detailed below.

Course Code Course Title Credit hours
ENG 600 Thesis 03
ENG 602 Viva Voce 03

* The student will begin preparation for a thesis under a guide teacher from the beginning of the second semester and present the thesis to a board at the end of the second semester for evaluation.


* The viva voce will be comprehensive requiring preparedness of the student on all the courses studied.


Course Description



Course Code:   ENG 601

Course Title : Shakespeare


Literary Texts: 

The Merchant of Venice

Measure for Measure

The Tempest

Twelfth Night



King Lear

Julius Caesa

Recommended Criticism:

  1. A.C. Bradley, Shakespearean Tragedy
  2. S.T. Coleridge, Lectures on Shakespeare
  3. E.M.W. Tillyard, the Elizabethan world picture, Introduction
  4. Wilson Knight, The wheel of fire
  5. Harold Bloom, Shakespeare, The invention of human
  6. Frank Kermode, Shakespeare’s Language
  7. John Drakasis , Alternative Shakespeare Vol-1


Course Code:  ENG 603

Course Title : Literary Theory


New criticism







Post Modernism

Books recommended

  1. Peter Berry : “Beginning Theory’
  2. Terry Eagleton : “Literary Theory”
  3. Ryan: “Literary Theory: A practical Introduction”
  4. M.H. Abrams : “A Glossary of literary terms”
  5. Rivik, and Ryan’s : Literary Theory
  6. The Norton Anthology of Theory



Course Code:  ENG 605

Course Title : Modernism


Movements: Symbolism, Aestheticism, Imagism, Impressionism, Expressionism, Dada and Surrealism


Poetry: Yeats, Eliot, Pound

Novel: Conrad, Joyce, Lawrence

Drama: O’Neil, Synge

(Selections to be provided later)

Books recommended

  1. Pelican guide to English Literature Vol-7
  1. Malcom Bradbury, Modernism
  2. E. Wilson, Axel’s Castle.


Course Code:   ENG 607

Course Title : Modern European Fiction and drama



J.P. Sartre        – Nausea

Albert Camus – The Outsider

Franz Kafka   –   The Trial


Ibsen        – A Doll’s House

Ionesco     – Bald Soprano

Brecht       -Mother Courage and Her Children

Recommended Books :

Martin Essling :  The Theatre of  Absurd


Course Code:  ENG 609  

Course Title: Second Language Acquisition (SLA)  

  1. Definition of SLA. SLA vs FLA, Acquisition vs Learning, Competence vs Performance, Accuracy vs Fluency in SLA.
  1. Language Learning principles, conditions and variables: the learner processes, levels of Proficiency, role of input and formal materials.
  2. Theories of SLA: The Acculturation Model; the Monitor Model; the Accommodation Theory; Inter-language Model.
  1. Language Learner in the classroom:
  2. Individual Learning differences; Attitude, Aptitude, Memory, Motivation, Age, Personality, Cognitive and Transfer of Training.
  3. Learner Strategies: Social strategies, Cognitive strategies and Communicative strategies.
  4. Classroom Interaction: Mode of teaching __ group work, pair work, whole class, teacher talk and class management especially dealing with large classes.

Books recommended

  1. Rod(1985) , Understanding Second language acquisition ; Oxford university Press
  2. Mitchell r. and Myles F.(2006). Second language learning theories: London: Hodder Arnold
  3. Ortega, L 9 2008 second language acquisition, London:
  4. Cook, v. (2001) second language learning and language teaching , London; Hodder  


Course Code:  ENG 611  

Course Title: Sociolinguistics

Introduction: Definition, key terms and approaches, relationship between language and society, Sociolinguistics and the sociology of language.

Language, dialect and varieties: Regional dialects, social dialects, styles, register, bilingual, multilingual, standard language and developing a standard variety.

Pidgins and Creoles: definition, linguistic characteristics, from Pidgins to Creoles different case studies.

Choosing a Code: Diglossia and bilingualism, definition and relationship — code switching and code mixing— borrow.

National language and language planning: National and official languages— factors and planning a language and the linguist’s role in language planning.

Language and Identity: language and social inequalities, attitude towards language, death and living language, language and gender.

Studies in language dynamics: language change, language maintenance and language shift, multilingual and multicultural societies, proto-Indo-European language.

Books recommended


  1. RT Bell(1985). Sociolinguistics: goals, approaches and problems: Batsford Limited
  2. Wardwaugh,R.(1986). An Introduction to Sociolinguistics: Oxford Press
  3. Miriam,M.(2006). Introducing Sociolinguistics: New York


Course Code:  ENG 613  

Course Title: Psycholinguistics


Introduction: definition, different branches of Psycholinguistics, relationship between Psycholinguistics and psychology of language.

Language Acquisition in the early years: Communicating with language—what young children talk about— how young children use their utterances and how adults talk to young children.

Stages in language Acquisition: The babbling stage, holophrastic stage and the Two-word stage.

First sounds in the child’s language: Perception of speech sounds and production of speech sounds.

Later growth in the child’s language: activities of human brain, learning, complexity and processing, elaboration of language structure and language function.

Acquisition of meaning: Early word meanings, context, strategies and semantic components.

Theories of First language acquisition:  Behaviorist theory, Innatist theory, Cognitive theory and Maturation theory.

Books recommended


1.Aitchison,J.(2007). The Articulate Mammal: An Introduction to  Psycholinguistics: Routledge

  1. Thomas, S(1998). Psycholinguistics: Oxford Press

3.Danny,D.S. and Natalia, S. (2006).  An Introduction to  Psycholinguistics; London; Longman


Course Code:  ENG 615  

Course Title: History of the English Language:


History of the English Language from the ancient to the medieval time:

  1. old English b) foreign influence on Old English
  2. c) The Norman Conquest and the subjection of English (1066-1200)
  3. d) The re-establishment of English (1200-1500)
  4. Middle English

History of the English Language from the Renaissance to the Twentieth and American English

Books recommended


  1. Baugh, C.A.(1951). A History of the English Language; London: Routledge and Kegan Paul



Course Code:  ENG 617  

Course Title: Teacher Education and Research Methodology


Teacher Education


Theories and Principles of Teacher Education

Approaches to teacher training

In-service and pre-service


Lesson plan and evaluation: Classroom observation

  Criterion for lesson observation (use of checklists, objective vs subjective observation)

Peer observation

Counseling and Feedback

Modes of teaching and learning

Lecture, seminar, Workplace, Self- access

Micro teaching/ practicum

Assessment of teachers


Research Methodology


Research– the concept; asking appropriate questions-systematic way, internal validity, external validity

Approaches to research Methods—quantitative, qualitative, action etc.The problems, variables, definition, variable scales and function of variables

Educational Research: Principles Appropriate steps; Methodology; technique

Research Report Format; Probability and hypothesis testing

Research Proposal: Selection of topic; research aims; methodology; data collection and analysis

Documentation: Referring to books and journals; questions; footnotes; bibliography

Research paper: Writing a research paper (2,000-3,000) on any aspect of the courses that students have studied

Books recommended

Wallace, M.J. (1992). Training Foreign Language Teachers. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press

Richards, J.C and Nunan, D. Second language teacher Education: : Cambridge University Press



Course Code:  ENG 619  

Course Title: Discourse Analysis and Pragmatics


Discourse Analysis: The objective and aim, structure of text and discourse, written and spoken language

Approaches to discourse analysis: Rules and procedures, discourse analysis and language processing

Role of context in interpretation: Topic and Representation of discourse content, the nature of reference in text and discourse. Discourse Analysis and language teaching. Cohesion and Coherence

Speech acts: the types and the co-operative principle

Conversation analysis: Exchange structure

Language and literature: Study of Register and style, linguistic analysis Texts (prose, poetry and drama).

Books recommended


  1. Yule, G (1996). Pragmatics. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  2. Brown, G. and Yule, G. (1983). Discourse Analysis, Cambridge: Cambridge University
  3. Halliday, M.A.K and Hasan,R.(1976). Cohesion in English, London: longman.
  4. Levinson, S.(1983). Pragmatics, Cambridge. Cambridge University


Course Code:  ENG 621  

Course Title: Syllabus and Material Design

Syllabus Design:

Syllabus and Curriculum Types, purposes

Need Analysis

Factors and constraints in syllabus

Models of Syllabus Design

Designing syllabus for students of different levels

Syllabus Evaluation

Syllabus Design: A learner centered approach

Material Design:

Principles of Effective Materials design development

Evaluation of Materials at different levels.


Books recommended

  1. Brumfit,C.(ed.).(1984). General English Syllabus Design. ELT Documents
  2. Munby, j. (1986). Communicative Syllabus Design: Cambridge University Press
  3. Nunan David, (1987). Syllabus Design: Oxford University
  1. Roy, Himadri Sekhar & Mahmud, Rashed. Syllabus, Curriculum and Material Design.


Course Code:  ENG 623

Course Title : American: Literature (From Bradford to Mark Twain)

William Bradford       –  From of Plymouth Plantation

Edgar Alan poe           – Selections

Nathanial Howthorne – The Scarlet Letter

Herman Melville         –  Moby Dick

Walt Whitman             –  Song of Myself ( selections)

Mark Twain                –  Adventure of Huckleberry Fin

Ann Bradstreet           –  Selections

Benjamin Franklin       – Autobiography

Books recommended

  1. Paul Lauter  – Anthology of American Literature
  2. Perry Miller – The Puritans
  3. Sacvan Bercovitch –  The Puritan Origins of American Self



Course Code:  ENG 625

Course Title :   American literature (From James to Morrison)

Fitzgerald                                – The Great Gatsby

O’Neil                                     –  A Long Day’s Journey into the Night

Miller                                       –   Death of a Salesman

Frost                                        –  Selections

Saul bellow                             – Seize The Day

Hemingway                             –  The Sun Also Rises

Toni Morrison                         – Beloved

William Carlos Williams         – Selections

Adrienne Rich                         – Selections

Allan Ginsburg                        – Selections


  1. Leslie fielder                –  Love and Death in the American Novel
  2. Malcolm Cowley         – A Second Flowering
  3. Daniel Hoffman          – Harvard Guide to Contrary American Writing



Course no    : ENG 627

Course Title : Post Colonialism


Nirod C. Chowdhury  –   The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian

R.K Narayan               –   The Man-eater of Malgudi

Amitabh ghosh            –   The Shadow lines

Arundhoti Roy            –   The God of Small Things

  1. S. Naipaul – The Enigma of Arrival

Chinua Achibe            –   Man of the People

Wole Soyinka              –   The Road

Darek Walcott             – Selections

Nissim Ezekiel             – Selection

Recommended Readings:

  1. Edward Said,  “Orientalism Reconsidered”
  2. Chinua Achebe,  “The African Writer and the English Language”
  3. Stuart Hall     “Cultural Identity and Diaspora”
  4. Spivak,  “Can the Subaltern Speak”
  5. Homi Bhaba, “Remembering Fanon”
  6. Leela Gandhi “Post colonial Theory- A Critical Introduction”


Course no    : ENG 629

Course Title : 20th Century Women’s Prose and Feminist Literary Criticism



Early 20th century


Kale Chopin               – The Awakening

Rokeya Shakhawat     – Sultana’s Dream

Virginia Woolf            – A Room of One’s Own

Late 20th Century


Sylvia Plath                 – The Bell Jar

Doris Lessing              – The Golden Notebook

Anita Desai                 – Fire on The Mountain


Recommended readings:

  1. Ellen Moers “Literary Women”
  2. Tery lovell Consuming Fiction
  3. Niaz Zaman and Ferdaus Azim, “Iinfininte Variety: Women in Society and in Literature”
  4. Elaine showalter, A Literature of Their Own”