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Dr Raqib Chowdhury taught English literature at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 1997 to 2004 as Lecturer and Assistant Professor, and then joined the Monash Faculty of Education upon completing his PhD here in 2008.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in English, a Master's degree in English Literature and a Master's degree in Education (TESOL). In his doctoral thesis he investigated how vested interest groups - such as universities and governments - construct and understand the term 'international' to establish the so-called 'needs' of international students in Australia and how such understanding is promoted for largely implicit commercial and hegemonic reasons. He is author of Desiring TESOL and International Education: Market Abuse and Exploitation (Multilingual Matters, 2014) and has published widely in the areas of TESOL and ELT, culture and pedagogy, English teacher education, international education, social justice and identity. Raqib has been invited as Keynote Speaker at three international conferences and he delivers seminars and workshops  overseas on a regular basis.

His latest edited books are Engaging in Educational Research: Revisiting Policy and Practice in Bangladesh (Springer, 2018), Equity, Identity and Social Justice in Asia Pacific Education (Monash University Publishing, 2019), and Transformation and Empowerment through Education: Reconstructing Teaching and Learning (Routledge, 2019). He is currently co-authoring a monograph entitled The Privatisation of Higher Education in Postcolonial Bangladesh: The Politics of Intervention and Control (Routledge, 2020 - upcoming).

Raqib received two Monash University Vice-Chancellor's Social Inclusion Awards in 2010 (Winner) and 2011 (Commendation), as well as the Dean's Award for Programs That Enhance Learning in 2012. In 2003 he won the Dean's Award for Outstanding Research Publication in the Faculty of Arts, Dhaka University, where he was teaching at the time.

Raqib has supervised 10 PhD students to completion and is currently supervising 8. He is involved in a number of international collaborative projects involving Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam and China on the themes of higher education reform, teacher training and professional development, and research capacity building.

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Supervision interests

  • Education and Social Justice
  • International Education and International Students
  • Identity and Sociolinguistics
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Culture and Pedagogy
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Monash teaching commitment

  • EDF 5640 Language, culture and curriculum
  • EDF 5642 Bilingualism and content-based programs

Research interests

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Critical ethnography
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Culture and Pedagogy
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Bilingualism
  • English Teacher Education
  • English as an International Language
  • Identity
  • International Education and International Students

Research area keywords

  • ESP
  • Education - internationalisation of the Curriculum
  • Education and globalisation
  • Education research
  • English as a Second Language
  • International Education/Training
  • Language Acquisition and Development
  • Research Methodology
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Transforming teaching and learning
  • Educating for diversity and inclusion
  • Bilingualism
  • Bilingual Education


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