Future directions for research-based academic English education at EFL universities: an evaluation of the context

Md Golam Jamil, Kazi Mafizur Rahman

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Research-based learning is an intellectually stimulating academic approach, which has gained ground in contemporary higher education curricula. Our article addresses this field and explores contextual viability of implementing research-based Academic English (AE) programmes. Bangladesh, an English as a foreign language (EFL) environment, is the research context; and Research Informed Teaching (RIT), an educational approach of teaching–research integration, is the conceptual base of our study. We collected data from four universities using a learning experience questionnaire completed by students and semi-structured interviews with EFL lecturers. Our critical approach to investigating the context identified three powerful factors, namely learning culture, graduate employability, and academic support provision linked to research-based AE education at Bangladeshi universities. The key lesson we have learned is that the localisation of global evidence through an evaluation of the target context is vital in implementing any research-based language education model. Our findings are Bangladesh higher education specific, but the approach of investigation and the directions are transferrable to other educational contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of English Language Education in Bangladesh
EditorsShaila Sultana, M. Moninoor Roshid, Md. Zulfeqar Haider, Mian Md. Naushaad Kabir, Mahmud Hasan Khan
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780429356803
ISBN (Print)9780367405755
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge International Handbooks of Education


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