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Phonetics and Phonology / Smart Pronunciation
« on: July 03, 2019, 04:39:45 PM »
Smart pronunciation is important for anybody. With smart pronunciation, one can impress the audience. The students can impress the interview board and secure job. The course of phonetics and phonology can help students to smarten their pronunciation.

English / Development of English Skills
« on: July 02, 2019, 06:23:51 PM »
How can our students develop their overall English skills? True, teachers offer a lot of advice in this regard. But what do the students feel and think themselves? We may listen to them.

Health Tips / 21 Benefits of Yoga
« on: June 21, 2016, 06:54:38 PM »
21 Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is a holistic wellness system that boosts mental, physical and spiritual health. Over decades, yoga has gained a lot of popularity and is perfect for those who complain of having no time to exercise. If you still haven’t jumped on to the yoga bandwagon and are wondering what the hype is all about, here are 21 benefits of regular yoga practice you could use.

1. Aids weight loss: Surya Namaskar and Kapal Bhati Pranayama are effective for weight loss. Continued practice of yoga tunes the body to its needs, therefore regulating appetite and consumption of different kinds of food. Many practitioners find their craving for junk food reduce with sustained yoga practice.

2. Stress relief: Yoga postures, Pranayama and meditation are effective in stress relief, especially with prolonged practice. In the rush of modern life, meditation helps bring a much-needed anchor to calm the mind.

3. Improves immunity: The immune system benefits tremendously from the practice of yoga. Yoga poses massage organs and strengthen muscles, improving their efficiency. Halasana and Bhujangasana directly improve the immune system by releasing white blood cells.

4. Increases energy: Starting the day with some yoga poses and meditative exercises can help you start your day on an energetic note, and maintain those energy levels too. Surya Namaskar, Ustrasana and Virabhadrasana are only some of the asanas that can replace that daily espresso shot.

5. Improves sleep quality: Yoga aids in curing insomnia and abnormal sleeping habits. Hastapadasana increases blood supply to the nervous system, while Marjariasana massages the digestive organs and improves digestion, thereby, helping you sleep well. Regular practice of yoga also helps calm the mind which further aids in sleeping well.

6. Improves flexibility and posture: Yoga asanas stretch and tone the body muscles and make them strong. This in turn helps improve your body posture when you stand, sit, sleep or walk. The change is apparent and almost automatic after regular practice of yoga.

7. Relieves ache in joints: Balasana is effective in relieving neck, back and hip strain — which are common complaints of the modern tethered-to-desk lifestyle.

8. Improves digestion: Yoga eases constipation and has been found to ease symptoms of ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome.

9. Helps fight lifestyle diseases: Chronic lifestyle diseases like hypertension, hormonal imbalances, diabetes, reproductory disorders and respiratory and cardiovascular related health concerns have risen in the past few decades and are increasingly being diagnosed among the younger population. Regular practice of yoga helps keep these at bay, or manage them if you already suffer from them.

10. Improves bone health: Those prone to, or already suffering from, osteoporosis can benefit from yoga greatly as it increases bone density and growth.

11. Counters harsh effects of ageing: Yoga improves blood flow in the body and increases oxygen supply to body cells. It helps improve the sense of balance that gets affected when one ages.

12. Improves overall mental health: Regular Pranayama leads to better balance between the right and left brain, helping in achieving a balance between emotional and rational thinking. Meditation enables introspection and brings about clarity and focus in one’s life.

13. Aids treatment of neurodegenerative diseases: A scientific study found that a three-month course of Kundalini yoga and Kirtan Kriya meditation practice helped minimise the cognitive and emotional problems that often precede Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, brain disorders that impair the memory.

14. Improves memory: Kirtan Kriya — which involves chanting, hand movements and visualisation of light — helps prevent cognitive decline in older adults.

15. Improves limb efficiency: Parvatasana strengthens legs and arms, stretches calf and spine muscles and relieves varicose veins.

16. Protects joints: Yoga takes your joints through their full range of motion, hence, mitigating disability — such as degenerative arthritis — by squeezing and soaking areas of cartilage that normally aren’t used.

17. Protects spine: The only way to maintain spinal health is by ensuring regular spinal movement. A holistic asana practice with plenty of backbends, forward bends and twists helps in achieving just that.

18. Improves blood circulation: Inverted yoga poses facilitate blood from the legs and pelvis to flow back to the heart, where it is pumped to the lungs to be freshly oxygenated. Moreover, yoga boosts haemoglobin and red blood cell levels, which carry oxygen to the tissues.

19. Improves cardiac health: Yoga thins the blood by making platelets less sticky and by cutting the level of clot-promoting proteins. This is beneficial as blood clots are often the cause of heart attacks and strokes.

20. Improves respiratory health: Yoga has been shown to improve various measures of lung function, promotes breathing through the nose, which filters the air, warms it and humidifies it, removing pollen and dirt and other potential allergens.

21. Benefits women: Sukhasana is one of the asanas that help relieve menstrual pain in women. Moreover, restorative yoga poses — along with meditation — help ease cramps, pain and mood dysfunction during menstruation.

(Source: The Indian Express)

English / Short stories in translation
« on: March 15, 2016, 10:32:33 AM »
The students of BA Hons in English (Translation course) will submit their translated stories here, as they are assigned.

English / Words borrowed from English to Bangla
« on: November 24, 2015, 01:43:26 PM »
Many words have been borrowed from English to Bangla for historical and cultural reasons. Here the students will make a list of 50 borrowed words (5 words in 10 domains).

English / Translation Studies
« on: June 22, 2015, 10:42:17 AM »
Translation is so important for human races, who happen to speak different languages. Through translation, we may access the knowledge contained in other languages and also we may present our knowledge to the people of other languages. If one wants to get a taste of literature of other nations, one has to resort to translation. Translation is also important for international business and communication. Documents of other languages have to translated to one's known language (e.g. mother tongue) for understanding the nature of business and other matters. The syllabus of English includes a course of Translation which helps students to understand the theories and practices of translation.

English / Language Teaching Methodology
« on: June 22, 2015, 10:28:58 AM »
It is better for the English teachers to know language teaching methodology. It tells us which method to follow in which situation. There are various language teaching methods, e.g. Grammar-Translation Method, Direct Method, Audiolingual Method, Situational Language Teaching, Communicative Language Teaching, Suggestopedia, Total Physical Response, Natural Approach, Silent Way. Multiple Intelligences and so on. The knowledge of these methods will help teachers decide in the affairs of teaching English or other as a foreign/second language.

English / Students' Story Writing Project
« on: August 04, 2014, 05:30:18 PM »
Here one will find some short stories written by student groups under the course of "Creative Writing" in MA, English. Comments are welcome.

English / Benefits of learning foreign languages
« on: June 11, 2014, 10:26:46 AM »
One may get the following benefits from learning foreign languages:

1. Brain growth: Language centers in the brain actually grow as a result of successful language learning. The better you learn, the more those vital areas of the brain grow.

2. Stave off dementia: Bilingualism delays Alzheimer’s disease in susceptible people by as much as five years. Seems incredible, but the studies are continuing to support this result. To put this in context: the effect on dementia of learning another language is much greater than anything achievable with the latest drugs.

3. Hear language better: Being bilingual can lead to improved listening skills, since the brain has to work harder to distinguish different types of sounds in two or more languages.

4. Become more language sensitive: Infants in bilingual households can distinguish languages they’ve never even heard before. Just being exposed to the different sounds in, for example, Spanish and Catalan, helps them tell the difference between English and French.

5. Boost your memory: Babies brought up in a bilingual environment have stronger working memories than those brought up with only one language. This means they are better at mental calculation, reading and many other vital skills.

6. Better multi-tasking: Bilingual people can switch from one task to another more quickly. They show more cognitive flexibility and find it easier to adapt to unexpected circumstances.

7. Increased attention: Bilinguals have stronger control over their attention and are better able to limit distractions.

8. Double the activation: Cognitive boosts, like improved attention and better multi-tasking, may come because bilingual people have both languages activated at the same time, and must continually monitor which one is appropriate. All that switching back and forth confers the mental benefits.

9. New ways of seeing: Learning a new language can literally change the way you see the world. Learning Japanese, for example, which has basic terms for light and dark blue, may help you perceive the color in different ways.

10. Improve your first language: Since learning a second language draws your attention to the abstract rules and structure of language, it can make you better at your first language.

11. Exploring other cultures: You may explore other cultures through learning foreign languages. This will enable you to see your own culture from the perspective of another.

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” – Charlemagne

“You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.” – Geoffrey Willans

English / A Word A Day
« on: January 18, 2012, 02:33:46 PM »
Here you will get different English words: a word a day. The main word-entry is presented with Bangla and English meaning along with word-class label (e.g. noun, verb, adjective, adverb). Every entry is adequately exemplified with phrases/sentences (in italic). If a word has several meanings, they are numbered, treated separately. Lexical items derived from the main entry are also given with examples. Where available, synonyms (abbreviated as 'syn.') and antonyms (abbreviated as 'ant.') are provided. Necessary phrasal/ collocational/ idiomatic/ proverbial expressions can also be found. Where necessary, usage note has been annexed. Words selected here are of intermediate level in terms of difficulty. The entries will go through an alphabetic order. This is an opportunity to enrich your vocabulary. In a year you may add 365 words to your stock, multiplied by numerous derivations/conversions. Start your journey from here right now.
(Note: to view Bangla font, you need to have Avro keyboard installed in your computer.)

English / course outline in learning feedback system
« on: January 17, 2012, 06:48:05 PM »
I request all faculty members of English Department to upload their respective course outlines in the learning feedback system. It was the decision of the last Academic Committee meeting held on 14-01-2012. No hard copy should be provided this time around. The students will download the course outlines from the system after being registered in the particular courses. We should use the system more and more. As best as we can. Our five marks assignment or part of it can also be done through it. We can use the discussion module for regular interaction.

Permanent Campus of DIU / The dream of a permanent campus
« on: June 24, 2010, 05:34:31 PM »
DIU own campus: Dream turning into reality

It is a great news for all of us who are concerned with Daffodil International University that we are going to have our own campus soon. The campus will be at Ashulia, Savar, near the city centre, maximum half an hour journey from Dhanmondi. The site is calm and quiet, lying in a green and open atmosphere, free from humdrum city business. It will be an ideal place for an educational institution.

On 20 June 2010, an agreement was signed between Amin Mohammad Lands Development Ltd and Daffodil International University whereby DIU will buy a land of about six hundred kanthas (approximately 10 acres) from the developer. DIU will hopefully take possession of the land in a couple of years now. The down payment has also been made. It is the time to cheer. It is the time to hold our head high. With this, the university fulfills the permanent campus criterion of the University Grants Commission. It will also fulfill the long-cherished dream of the students, teachers and management of DIU for having an own campus.

It is a bold step forward in our lofty goal of being number one private university in Bangladesh. After taking possession, the campus can be designed and developed with all modern facilities of education. It will be of international standard and a unique example for the nation. This will obviously add a great plus to all our existing reputations. We will run ahead of all others. We have to make it at any cost. Of course, it is the most difficult challenge for us. But we have to accept it and become victorious. We feel really happy. All of us had a dream for a permanent campus for our dear university and the dream will turn into reality soon. Let us look forward to a prosperous future.

(Dr. Binoy Barman, Assistant Professor and Head, Department of English, Daffodil International University)

English Language Lab / Facilities of English Language Lab
« on: June 01, 2009, 11:05:57 AM »
The newly established English Language Lab of DIU will help the English proficiency of the students. The lab is equipped with modern listening devices connected with console. The students may do listening and speaking practice in the lab. The lab may be further developed. The 40 workstations in the lab may be equipped with computers so that reading and writing practice may also be brought under Lab facility. It may be done in the next phase of development. Then the whole enterprise of English language learning will be automated.

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