1st Edition

Language and Sustainable Development in Bangladesh Policies, Practices, and Perceptions

    248 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines relationships between language and sustainable development in the context of Bangladesh. Following inclusive and multidisciplinary perspectives, these relationships are explored in mainstream education, teacher education, religious education and indigenous, ethnic minority and refugee settings. The contexts of development are also diverse which include the public sector, international non-government organisations, domestic work, tourism, and the environment.

    The book records voices of people from various linguistic, social, cultural, and demographic backgrounds, in urban, rural, and peripheral settings. It makes the language question visible in the manifold contexts of development where it has generally remained invisible. Giving visibility to language by referring to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the chapters embrace language and development in pluralistic ways and underscore their complex but undeniable relationships. The authors come from diverse backgrounds and bring plurality of genres, methods, insights, and implications.

    The volume is intended for students, academics, researchers, policy personnel, language practitioners, and other readers whose works and interests straddle language, development, and SDGs. It will benefit them by explicating language-sustainable development relationships in theoretical as well as practical ways, suggesting directives for policies and practices for linguistic and social justice, and equity and inclusion.

    Introduction to Language and Sustainable Development

    M. Obaidul Hamid, Shaila Sultana, and Mohammod Moninoor Roshid


    Part 1: English Language, Teacher Education and Prospects of Development

    Chapter 1: English Language Teacher Education in Bangladesh: Global Citizenship Education for Sustainable Development

    Rubina Khan


    Chapter 2: Transformative Multiliteracies Pedagogy and Sustainable Development: Investigating Government Primary Schools at Chattagram Hill Tracts

    Tazin Ahmed, Rajia Sultana, Iram Mehrin, and Shaila Sultana


    Chapter 3: Quality in English Language Teaching in an Evolving World: An Examination of the Implications of SDG4 for Teacher Development in Bangladesh

    Md Al Amin, and Janinka Greenwood


    Part 2: Languages, Employability, Labour Market Experience, and Environment

    Chapter 4: Employability and Development Potential of Bangla and English in the Public Sector Job Market in Bangladesh

    Bijoy Lal Basu, Mohammad Mahmudul Haque, and M. Obaidul Hamid


    Chapter 5: Language Skills, Employability and Sustainable Development: A Case Study of Indigenous Domestic Workers in Bangladesh

    Abdullah Al-Mamun and Shaila Sultana


    Chapter 6: Language Proficiency in Organizational Dynamics in International Development Partner Organizations and Sustainable Development Goals

    Mohammod Moninoor Roshid, and Jubida Aziz


    Chapter 7: Sustainability of Language, Tourism, and the Environment in Bangladesh

    Md Rabiul Alam, Md Wasiul Islam, and M. Obaidul Hamid


    Part 3: Language, Marginality, and Inclusion in Relation to Development


    Chapter 8: Globalisation, English for All, and Sustainable Development: Policy Discourses and Schooling Reality in Bangladesh

    M. Maksud Ali, and M. Obaidul Hamid

    Chapter 9: Sociolinguistic Cohesion for Sustainable Development: Views from a Rural Bangladeshi Madrasa

    Qumrul Hasan Chowdhury

    Chapter 10: Social Inclusion, Language Education, and SDGs: Perspectives of the Rohingya Community in Bangladesh

    Shakila Nur

    Chapter 11: Mother Tongue-Based Education in Two Linguistically Marginalised Communities of Bengal

    Asifa Sultana, and Dripta Piplai (Mondal)

    Epilogue: ‘Sustainability’, ‘Development’ and ‘Language’ in Bangladesh

    Hywel Coleman


    M. Obaidul Hamid is Associate Professor of TESOL Education at the University of Queensland in Australia. He teaches and researches TESOL policy and practice in developing societies. He is a co-editor of Language planning for medium of instruction in Asia (Routledge, 2014).

    Shaila Sultana is Professor and Director of BRAC Institute of Languages at BRAC University, Bangladesh. Her research interests include sociolinguistics and language education with reference to translingual practices and language, gender, indigeneity and ethnicity, and identity. She is lead editor of Routledge handbook of English language education in Bangladesh (2021).

    Mohammod Moninoor Roshid is Professor of TESOL education at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. His research interests include Business English as a Lingua Franca (BELF), graduate employability, and higher education. He is a co-editor of the Routledge handbook of English language education in Bangladesh (2021).