THE INSTITUTE OF MODERN LANGUAGES
The Institute of Modern Languages (IML) is an institute of the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh dedicated to teaching various modern languages including Arabic, Bengali, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Persian, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Hindi.
In 1948, the Department of International Relations was established at the University of Dhaka, where courses for Chinese and French were introduced the next year. The year after the Language Movement of 1952, German was added to the courses. In 1964 these courses were separated from International Relations, and a Department of Foreign Languages was established. Russian and Turkish were introduced in the next year, and Japanese in 1972. In 1973 Spanish was introduced to bring the total number of languages taught to six.
On the first of July 1974 the Institute of Modern Languages was established as an integral part of University of Dhaka, incorporating the Department of Foreign Languages of 1964 into its constitution.
In recent years the number of students has been declining. However the Korean language department was expanded in 2014.
Institute of Modern Languages was established on 1 July 1974. According to the 6th Statutes of the Dhaka University Order 1973, the Institute functions under the executive and academic authorities of the Syndicate and the Academic Council of the University.
The main aims and objects of the Institute are (i) to promote and to provide facilities for the study of Modern Languages; (ii) to provide teaching, training and guidance in order to prepare candidates for the Certificate of Proficiency, Diploma of Arts in Modern Languages, and for such other Diplomas and Degrees that may be decided upon by the University; (iii) to provide such other services and facilities for training as may meet the needs of linguistic scholars, foreign services personnel and others.
At present the Institute offers 1-year non-degree courses (120 hours each course) on Bangla (only of the foreigners), Arabic, Chinese, Korean, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Russian, Spanish and Turkish language courses. In addition to the above courses, M.Phil., Ph.D. programs and 18-months MA in ELT is available at the Institute. Besides, short courses on various languages are also offered. A library and 5 language labs are available at the Institute.
A research Journal entitled Journal of the Institute of Modern Languages is published once a year by the Institute. This Journal contains research papers on linguistics and language education contributed by teachers and scholars of the relevant fields.
At present total number of the teachers is 49 (full time: 25, part-time: 18, visiting foreign teachers: 6) and the number of the students is 2039 (session: 2015-2016).