Assessing the Mentoring Service in Department of English: A Case from Bangladeshi Public University

Apala Biswas

Lecturer, Department of English

East West University, Bangladesh

biswasapala6@gmail.com

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5080-7297

Tamanna Sharmin Kabir

Lecturer, Department of English

East West University, Bangladesh

lianatsk@gmail.com

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9274-6077

DOI: https://doi.org/10.36832/beltaj.2020.0401.03

Abstract

A voluntary mentoring service started from September 7, 2014 at the Department of English in a well- known public university of Bangladesh intending to provide guidance and support to the students of that respective department. The target was to help the students in their academic endeavor. The objective of the present research is to study the mentioned mentoring service.  In this study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven mentors and five mentees. The findings suggest that the mentoring program was successful in fulfilling its aims; however, the participants pointed out the areas in which the service needs improvement. The study concludes with implications and suggestions to aid similar future projects.

Keywords: Mentor; mentee; help and support in public university; mentoring service