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Question about online quiz maker

Dear Readers,

 

I need a quiz maker for making quizzes in Bangla. It should look nice. It should be online ( I don't have much space in my computer). Bengali fonts must work there. And, it should be free. I wish I could spend money on quiz maker. But unfortunately that is not possible now. 

I have been searching a lot online. Either it is visually uninteresting or it does not take Bangla fonts. 

 

Any suggestions and thoughts ?


Online Bangla Learning Platforms

 I can predict that virtual classes will be more popular in future and technology will make it successful.  There are already a couple of online platforms which offer Bangla courses where a student can have a face-to-face classes with teachers. 

Buddy School  offers Bangla courses. There are  10 Bengali teachers who teach online. 

Verbalplanet also offers Bangla courses. There are 4 teachers now. I  joined Verbalplanet last year. But I did not continue there. That

nativemonks has 3 Bangla teachers. 

Italki  has two professional Bengali teachers and two community teachers. I have been teaching in Italki since August, 2016. The platform suits me. I have been getting a lot of students. 

There are other language teaching platforms but they don't  show teachers' profiles. I do not appreciate that. 

 

 

 

 


bangla grammar, slide in powerpoint, demonstrative non personal pronouns with 'টা' and ' গুলো'

Slides cannot be the only tool for language teaching , we all know that. So , figure out how you will use it. I again, will tell the students to find out what is happening in the picture. They will think, pause, will try to connect the words with pictures and they will understand what is happening here. Feel free to use it, Bangla second language teacher. Just don't forget to give the maker a little credit. That's all. By the way, it is difficult to make a mind map in powerpoint. It does not look as good as hand painted one.

 

 

Demonstrative non personal pronouns with ta and gulo


Theory behind mind maps

I will read more about it in future but, readers, for now, one article will give you some ideas about it.

I will make a board of visually stunning mind maps  in Pinterest ( may not be related to language teaching) to get some ideas. Then, we will move ahead and make our own. of course, I will give credit to the original ones for getting inspirations.

 

Here is the article : Theory behind mind maps


Mind mapping in Bangla teaching with 'থাকা' verb.

I am greatly inspired by mind mapping idea in making teaching materials for Bangla. Here is the concept in Wikipedia.  First I saw a couple of exceptionally beautiful mind maps in pinterest and that blew my mind.  I am reorganizing  my materials, making some mind maps for my students . I will ask them what do they think about it. Do mind maps really help ?  

I am posting here one map I made in powerpoint. It is about the conjugation of 'থাকা' verb in simple present tense with pronouns. Those who are not using mind maps, start using it. You, as a teacher or student, will feel liberated. 

Students will use this one after the class, at home. 

For introducing grammar in the class, I first give my students some examples, then they find the rules. I and my students all feel accomplished in this process. :)

 

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Activities with Future Tense

Dear Readers,

 

Sorry for being absent in the blog for a long time. Actually, my local network could not access UMbangla for some reason . I even did not understand where was the problem and who to contact for. But it is working now and I am happy. 

Recently, as I am working in an interactive platform ' paper' and teaching virtual classes, I feel the the need to make my teaching materials more bite size pieces and more colorful and interesting.  In 'Paper' I can upload any image file from my computer or can add any link. 

This following slides are made in powerpoint, saved as image files. I took the exercise from ' Epar Bangla Opar Bangla, which I use as text for my First year students. The pictures are beautifully drawn, the activity was perfect. But it was long and overwhelming for any basic level student. So, I made 4 slides out of  one activity and I will see if it works in my next class.

If you are a Bangla student or a teacher, feel free to use these. 

 

Credit : Epar Bangla Opar Bangla 

Rehanna's plan for tomorrow1

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Rehanna's plan for tomorrow 2
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Rehanna's plan for tomorrow3

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Rehanna's plan for tomorrow4

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Bangla Intensive program for Japanese students in Jadavpur University, 2017, Update 1

জাপানি ছাত্রছাত্রীরা ক্লাসে বসে বসে ছ সপ্তাহ পড়াশোনা করে বেজায় ক্লান্ত হয়ে গেছিল। শেষ সপ্তাহে আমিও উড়ি উড়ি করছিলাম। বিকেলে ওদের নিয়ে যাদবপুর ইউনিভারসিটি ঘোরাতে গেলাম। বলছিলাম, " দেখো, দেখো, এখানে আমার তুলনামূলক সাহিত্যের ক্লাস হত, এখানে আমরা আড্ডা মারতাম। " তারপর মলয়দার চায়ের দোকানে ওরা নিজেরা বাংলায় কথা বলে কফি, চা আর বাটার চিকেন ফ্রাই কিনল। তারপর গেলাম ইঞ্জিয়ারিং ডিপার্টমেন্টগুলোর দিকে। বিশাল মাঠটা দেখিয়ে বললাম, " এখানে আমার বাবা যখন ইঞ্জিয়ারিং পড়তেন, বাবাও খেলতেন"। ওই মাঠই দেখলাম ওদের টানল ( অবশ্যই আমার বাবার গল্প শুনে নয়), ওরা যে খেলাধূলা করতে খুব ভালোবাসে তখন বুঝলাম। ওদের নিয়ে গিয়ে আলাপ করিয়ে দিলাম শারীর শিক্ষার ছেলেমেয়েদের সঙ্গে। বাংলার ছেলেমেয়েরা কী সুন্দর সৌজন্যতা মেনে, আন্তরিকভাবে ওদের সঙ্গে কথা বলল, কী বলব। তারপর ওরা খেলতে লাগল সবাই মিলে। বাসকেটবল। আমি ছবি তুললাম কয়েকটা। আমার ছাত্রছাত্রীদের এরকম উদ্ভাসিত মুখ দেখে আমার মনও ভরে গেল। 

 

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মিজুকি, ইয়োশুকা আর কাহোর হাতে বল ।

 

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হিতোহা আর মাআসার হাতে বল। শারীর শিক্ষার ছাত্রছাত্রীরা ভারি মিষ্টি। কতগুলো বল এনে এদের হাতে দিয়েছে। 

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কাহোর বল বাস্কেটে গিয়ে পড়েছিল কিনা আজ আর মনে নেই। 

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ছেলেদের মধ্যে শুমইয়া খুব জনপ্রিয় হয়ে গেছিল কয়েক মিনিটের মধ্যে। এখানে মার্শাল আর্টের কিছু প্যাঁচ দেখাচ্ছে নিশ্চয়ই। 

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ইন্ডিয়া আর জাপানের বাস্কেটবল খেলা হল। জাপান জিতল।  দু দলই এই হঠাৎ ম্যাচে খুব খুশি। 

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জাপানি ছাত্রছাত্রীদের বাংলা ক্লাসের শেষ দিন

আজ আমাদের জাপানি ছাত্রছাত্রীদের বাংলা ক্লাস শেষ হল। প্রোগ্রাম হেড মহীদাসবাবু ওদের সার্টিফিকেট দেওয়ার ব্যবস্থা করেছিলেন। আমরা, টিচাররা সামনে বসলুম। একে একে সব শিক্ষকরা বক্তৃতা দিলেন, তারপর ছাত্রছাত্রীরাও বক্তৃতা দিল। ইউকা কথা বলতে বলতে কেঁদে ফেলল। ইওশিকার চোখ দিয়েও ঝরঝর করে জল পড়তে লাগল। ওদের মন খারাপ হয়ে গেছে। সেই দেখাদেখি আমিও চশমার মধ্যে আমার ওড়নাটা ঢুকিয়ে দিয়ে চোখ মোছার চেষ্টা করলাম। পাশে শাস্বত ভীষণ সেজেগুজে এসে বসে ছিল ( ও একজন শিক্ষক), আমাকে কনুইয়ের গুঁতো মেরে বলল,' মন্দিরাদি, কাঁদবেন না প্লিজ। কান্না কিন্তু ভীষণ ছোঁয়াচে । ' কান্নাকাটি শেষ করে আমরা মিষ্টি আর ফলের রস খেলাম। ওরা আমাদের অপূর্ব সব কার্ড দিল। সেই কার্ডে কী যে সব সুন্দর করে আমাদের সম্বন্ধে লেখা, গর্বে আমি আর দুই ইঞ্চি লম্বা হয়ে গেলাম। পঁচিশ বছর ধরে বাংলা পড়াচ্ছি। কাঁদার কী আছে ? মানুষ আজকাল দূরে হারিয়ে যেতে না চাইলে যেতে পারে না। সবাই ইমেলের দূরত্বে থাকে, থাকে ফেসবুকে। তাহলে বোধহয় সেই বস্তাপচা আইডিয়াটাই সত্যি। বাংলার ভিজে বাতাসে , ভিজে মাটিতে চোখের জল সহজেই আসে। ।

 

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Addressed to all second language learners

Hi all,

This is an important and informative article about the benefits of learning a second language. It is written by Julia Reed. If you are not sure why you should learn a second language, read this article and this article will help you to mak up your mind.  

34 Unobvious Benefits of Learning a Second Language

Leave your comments if you think you have felt the same way. 

Now, on the hindsight, I wish I could be more receptive to learn English well when I was young. I was not good at it, neither English was taught well in our school. It was a power language to me, as I grew up in India. But the reality is that, even for teaching my mother tongue, Bangla/Bengali, I need to have some knowledge of the learner's language. There is no doubt about it.

 


Online Bangla courses with Mandira

 

Learn Bangla from where you are

 If you are in interested in learning Bangla, then you have come to the right place.Probably  you do research on Bengal, want to communicate with your friends, like to travel or work in West Bengal or Bangladesh, or you have an interest in learning a new language. Whatever it is, I am here for you. I love teaching Bangla and made it my profession 25 years ago.I resided in USA for 13 years and recently came back to Kolkata. 

You can be physically anywhere in the world. I will be able to guide you face to face. I have chosen one digital teaching and learning platform for my classes which is Italki.com . It is easy to use and payment is secure.

You just need a good internet connection and a computer. 

 I would just like you to know if you want to learn Bangla or any other language, feel free to use my personal invite link

You will get credit for it from Italki.com, and can get a free trial class.

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About me : I have been teaching Bangla as a second language since 1991. I taught in the American Institute of Indian Studies in Kolkata for 12 years. Then I taught Bangla in the University of Michigan from 2004-2007. I joined in the University of Chicago in 2007 and I will teach here until June, 2016. In many summers since 2005, I taught in the Intensive program in SASLI , Madison.

While I was in Kolkata, besides teaching in the American Institute of Indian Studies, I used to give private lessons to non-native Bangla speakers from all over the world. I taught Bangla to pharmacists, nurses, travelers, social workers, anthropologists, historians, doctors, film makers and many more people with interesting professions.

I give emphasize to students' needs. My classes are task based. Speaking, listening, reading and writing skills will be taken care of.

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 Students'  testimonials from Italki.com and Verbling.com

"Mandira is wonderful! She is very warm and friendly, which helped me feel quite at ease from the beginning of the lesson. After a few minutes of talking about my interest in the Bangla language we dove into writing and pronouncing the vowels. Mandira provided tips throughout to help with writing properly. Afterwards we discussed basic greetings and she even gave me a polite phrase that I will use the next time I'm at a friend's house! I encourage anyone to book a lesson with her if you want a well-organised yet approachable class. See you next time, Mandira! Dhonnobad. (ধন্যবাদ)"James Davis-Ford in Italki.com

"Mandira is an excellent teacher!" Reem from Isreal in verbling.com

"Everything was great, and a real example of what language teaching can be." Daisy Paradis from USA in verbling.com

"I had one lesson with Mandira and I'm looking forward to more! She takes time to find out where you're starting from, what you want to learn, and really personalizes the lesson to meet your needs." Katia from USA in verbling.com

'Mandira is a truly wonderful teacher. During the initial lessons she gauged my level of understanding of the language. She quickly created a lesson plan to build upon my level of knowledge which is at the intermediate level. This lesson focuses on two parts - having a conversation in the language and practicing reading out loud. Mandira has a wide collection of reading materials which she has aggregated over years of teaching the language. I feel privileged to learn from someone who teaches the language (and has been doing so for years) and has made this her life's work. On top of everything, she is very friendly and funny and the lessons are truly very enjoyable and fun. I am quite excited to be learning this language!'  Arunaksha Guha from 'Italki.com'. 

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Conference on Bengali Language and Literature: Technological Potentials

The conference on " Bengali Language and Literature: Technological Potentials" arranged by Sarsuna College and Jadavpur University was held on 25th. and 26th. November, 2016 in Dr. K. P. Basu Memorial Hall, Jadavpur University. This conference was very pertinent at this time in the context of contemporary South Asian languages. It was a mix of papers, discussions and talks on how people are using technology for communication in Bangla, how internet shifted the center of publications from print media to e – publishing, how the scientists and scholars who have been working relentlessly for a long time in the sphere of machine translation of Bengali to English and other Indian languages and vice versa face enormous challenges. Reminiscence of Emeritus Professor Dwijesh Kumar Dutta Majumder who is called ' father of computer science in India' was a precious addition to the conference. Bangla student Reem Stern from Israel joined in a conversation with Atanu Saha via Skype.
It was a wonderful meeting point of buzzing community of academicians, writers, publishers, scientists, and professors from different parts of India, Bangladesh and USA. The conference truly proved that it is the time of makers and users of technology to collaborate in its implementation of language, in this case, Bangla.

I feel like thanking Tanmay Bir , Assistant Professor, Sarshuna College and Atanu Saha, Assistant Professor , School of Languages and Linguistics, Jadavpur University again and hope you will continue doing your wonderful work in future.

 

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A neat Russian Language Learning website

Let's Learn Russian website impressed me. As a very beginner, who has no knowledge of the language can a get a brief introduction to the grammar structure, vocabulay and phonetics. I do not know any Russian and it was nice to get a glimps of the language. I must say, there are other similar language learning sites of other languages but none of them are so thorough ( I have seen some, may have missed some). There are audio sound with the letters and words. It was exciting to hear sounds of the language. 

The question comes, will I be able to learn Russian only in this way ? My long experience of language teaching says, 'No'.  Interaction is important, communication is important . Having this kind of site  to fall back on, you need a face-to-face class with your teacher and your journey starts for there.  

Oerall, it is well organized. If you are learning Russian or not, can check this site out. 

 

 

 


Learn Bangla/Bengali in 'Italki.com'

Hi all, Subho Bijaya. Well, after being in a couple of virtual language teaching platform, I am finally settled in ' Italki.com'. I feel more free to use my own language tools, can contact people outside the teaching platform, share any link I want. I would just like you to know if you want to learn Bangla or any other language, feel free to use my personal invite link

You will get credit for it.

Mandira Bhaduri


What is 'virtual classroom'?

Yes, we should address this question  to differentiate a virtual class from other online courses. I think, those who have questions, can read this article.

"Just like in a real-world classroom, a student in a virtual classroom participates insynchronous instruction, which means that the teacher and students are logged into the virtual learning environment at the same time."

 


Durgapuja pandal decoration in making

আমাদের রামতনু বোস লেনের দুর্গাপুজো । বাড়ির ঠিক সামনেই । 

 

প্রথম ছবি -

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দ্বিতীয় ছবি -

সেইদিনই সন্ধ্যেবেলায় দেখলাম প্রজাপতির গায়ে আলো জ্বলে উঠেছে।

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দোসরা  অক্টোবর, ২০১৬

কয়েকদিন পরে দেখলাম প্রজাপতিটির গায়ে রং । 

 

 

 

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এর পরে কী হয় তার অপেক্ষায় আছি। 


Meeting Reem, my virtual student in Kolkata

It was wonderful to meet Reem in Kolkata. He is my virtual student from Isreal. I had classes with him in Verbling.com.  We had lunch in Govinda's in Gurusaday Dutta Road. he rushed from Howrah station to meet me and rushed back there to catch a train for Delhi. 

সত্যি, তোমার সঙ্গে দেখা করে খুব ভালো লাগল। ভালো থেকো। আবার ইন্টারনেটে দেখা হবে।  20160928_173120


Reunion was in fate ,2016

My beloved  SASLI students ( 2015) and me in Park Street.

From left : Mandira, Scott, Calynn and Sarita

Note to me: They have grown up. Their Bangla have become fluent, mature and accurate. This is a grandmother- type moment, full of bliss and contentment.

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University of Chicago Bangla gang (missing Jahnabi in the picture) in Kolkata, summer, 2016

Thomas, Mandira and Eduardo in Park street metro station. 

Note: Oh my god, I am missing teaching them. They learned so much Bangla in one summer in Kolkata. Moment of bliss continued. 

 

 

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Read Bangla signs 2

 

 Photo 1

Yes, you can guess the first word, what about next two ? This is a fine example of conjuncts. 

By the way, it is in a shopping mall, 'Mani Square', North Kolkata.

 

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Photo 2

A new coffee shop in Park Street. If the Bangla version is not written there, I do not think I could pronounce the English name at all.  

Is it a French name ? 

There was a much loved 'Music World' shop ( CDs and cassetes) in its place a couple of years ago.

 

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Photo 3 

Read the Bengali words. It is a very old shop in our neighborhood in North Kolkata.


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Photo 4

Read the name of the shop and address.

A conch shell bangles shop in North Kolkata 

 

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Photo 5

This is just to show you the inside of the shop. I think they all were very surprised to see me taking a photo.


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Photo 6

Read as many words as you can. 

Cannot give you any hint. That would be a spoiler. 


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My future online classes will be on 'Italki.com'

Hi all,

I am going to teach only in 'Italki.com' in future. After finishing my existing classes, I will close my account in verbling, so please find me in 'Italki.com'. 

Verbling has many positive qualities but it does not allow to connect with students through emails and share external links. Very recently, if any message to a student contains any link, they are blocking it.  So, I guess, 'Verbling.com' is not for me. There are many online resources which I like to share with my students.

'Verbling' is very clear about this policy in their website. It took me for a while to understand the impact of it. 

 

Follow this link in 'Italki.com' and earn credits for learning Bangla or any other language. 


Verbling and Italki stories

Now I am teaching both in Verbling.com and Italki.com and want to know more about them. In my experience, both are good language learning platforms and I am comfortable in both of them. Italki gives teachers more flexibility to make packages, choose our own virtual classrooms like 'google hangout' or 'skype' and on the other hand, 'verbling.com' gives me a feeling of classroom teaching, secure and limiting as you feel in four walls of a classroom. 

Buisnesswise, it seems , both Verbling.com and ' Italki.com' are doing quite well. There are so many languages taught in them. 

I keep searching about stories of  both 'verbling.com' and ' italki.com'. When were they founded ? How were their journeys ? How did they predict that online language learning platforms will do lucrative business ? 

Today, I found one article about 'verbling'. Hope to find more. 

About verbling.com

 


Read Bangla signs 1

 This exercise  is useful if you are a beginner of Bangla language and just have learned all the vowel, consonants, vowel signs and a couple of conjuncts. 

 

KOLKATA METRO STOPS :

 This photo is not for any exercise. This is for creating ambience of Kolkata Metro.

Photo 1

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Photo 2

This is a metro stop in North Kolkata. Read the bigger words written in blue. There is a conjunct in the second word. 

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This is another stop in South Kolkata. Read the bigger words written in blue.


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Note: Kolkata metro stations have paintings on the walls relevent to the names of metro stations. 

 


Present and Future of Online Language Learning

I have been pondering on this topic recently. The questions come to my mind, do online langulage courses democratize language learning ? Today, I saw an interesting article in Guardian. "Can I successfully learn a language online ? " 

This article definitely sheds light on English. It was published in 2014.  I am thinking of critical languages. Will they survive ? 


Script and sound of Bangla letters

Worth reposting it . When I made this file, I was in the University of Michigan in 2004. There was no available web file to teach script. I was struggling to make this. I had imagination, but I did not have right tools. People of Language Centr came to rescue me and . Now, we have so much resources that I forgot what a struggle it was to make this. 

 

http://umbangla.typepad.com/files/bengalisounds.pdf


Thinking of pros and cons of using 'Padlet'

I found 'padlet' and ' pinterest' are kind of same. So, I am trying to find out the logistics behind 'Padlet. What did the teachers do with it and how did they do it. I would like to involve my students to build up resources for their Bangla learnig, create a shared project, or put their thoughts in it. First, let read some articles on 'padlet' and then decide.

 

The Writing is on the Wall: Using Padlet for Whole-Class Engagement / Beth Fuchs

 

I am sure I can use some ideas from this board on padlet.  I would like to use it to collaborate students in 'Italki.com' and ' Verbling.com'

100 Ways for Teachers to Use Padlet

I am getting more excited as I am getting closer to language learning and teaching ideas using 'padlet'.

 

30 WAYS TO USE PADLET IN ESL CLASSROOM

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For me, it will be 'Bangla classroom'

Quick note: I love the idea ' word of the day'. Very good for beginners.

How will I organize it ?  

a. Add students.

b.  

Either tell the students to download  'avro keyboard'. Though I do not like my elementary Bangla students to use typed fonts. 

Or

They can take a picture of the written word in padlet instantly and put on the board. 

Humm, I like the second idea more.

So, we will get a couple of vocabulary in a week. Then what ? Weekly basis review. 

OLLet's see how it goes. I will come back for review. 

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Read it 1

To the teachers :

How to use the picture:

It can be used for various levels of Bangla students. But have your students prepare for reading the text. Ask them questions like this, " What does one need to advertise an event ?" Let them think about it for a moment. Most likely they will answer, 'venue' and ' time' and ' the program of the event'.

The students can read the English text. That itself will give them an idea. But if you think the stduents' level is good enough to figure out the content on their own, then tell them not to read it.

If the students are beginners,tell them to read what is written in the orange line. When the task is done, move to the next task. Reading transliteration at the elementary level is very important. Guide the students towards the tranliterated section. 

For the Intermediate and Advanced level, use your judgement for creating a task.  It is not important to read all. Think about what the students need to know from this text. A lot of new words which one cannot ever use, scares a language student a lot. It builds up frustration. Choose a segment,provide some vocabulary. তারপর দেখো, কী হয়।

 

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Bangla writing skill as a second language

So far, practing writing in my classes of all levels was to enhance other skills. Occasionally students ask me how to write a letter. That is the limit of writing Bangla beyond homework.  But there are exceptions. My colleague, Thibaut Dhubert, Bangla professor in the University of Chicago writes academic articles in  scholarly magazines and my former student, Jahnabi Baruah writes Bangla poems. 

This following article talks about pedagogy of second language writing which I found useful. I am saving the link for my future use and also for the teachers who are interested in it.

Genre pedagogy: Language, literacy and L2 writing instruction / Ken Hyland 


Some pointers for the Day 1 in Elementary Level Bangla classroom

In the first day of Bangla elementary level class , I always try to combine teaching 'script and sounds' of Bangla and some basic conversational skill . The problem is that Bangla has non-Roman script and unless the students learn how to read, they cannot pronounce the sounds correctly and many teachers agree that it is better to teach the script and sounds first, so the students will be familiar with 'retroflex' and ' dental', 'aspirited' and 'non-aspirited' sounds. We have three ' s' and three ' r' in Bangla, imagine how difficult for English speakers to pronounce them correctly.

Still, I think students should learn to speak seme Bangla so they can communicate at very basic level from the day one. So, I use these short conversations in the first day of Bangla class in the academic year or intensive summer program.

Segment 1 :Introduction :

apnar nam ki ? 

আপনার নাম কী ?

What is your name ?

amar nam.....

আমার নাম...।

My name is .....

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Segment 2: Greetings:

apni kaemon achen ?

আপনি কেমন আছেন ?

How are you ?

ami bhalo achhi. 

আমি ভালো আছি।

I am fine.

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Segment 3 :Preference:

apnar ki 'cha' bhalo lage ?

আপনার কি চা ভালো লাগে ?

Do you like 'tea' ?

hnya, amar 'cha' bhalo lage.

হ্যাঁ, আমার চা ভালো লাগে।

Yes, I like tea.

na, amar cha bhalo lage na.

না, আমার চা ভালো লাগে না।

No, I don't like tea.

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Vocabulary:

apnar - your (formal)

amar-  my

nam- name

ki-  what

apni-  you ( formal)

kaemon-  how 

achen- are ( conjugates with 'apni')

ami- I 

bhalo- well, good

achi- am

cha- tea

bhalo lage- you like, I like 

 

Activities:

Introduce one segment, have your students practice it with each other. If you are teaching one-on-one, practice with your student. Role-play. 

Then go to another segment. Role-play.

Use your knowledge about the cultural background and goals of your students you came to know in first  five or ten minutes of the class. Let the student imagine the situation where can use their first Bangla sentences. Remind them the people who they can connect with. 

Grammar/  Language Structure explanation :

I inform my students very briefly  that there are three 'you' in Bangla, 'ach' verb is conjugated with pronouns. 'bhalo lage' is an irregular expression,  'hnya' and 'na' mean 'yes' and 'no'. But not anything more, neither I present any rule before the small conversations. 

It is very tempting to explain all three 'you' and all conjugations of 'achh', in the first chance, but Bangla teachers, there is a beauty of not pouring out much information when there is no necessity of it. 

Small steps, baby steps, but steps. You know, one day these couple of  sentence will lead your students into a song, a speech, a poem. You will be proud of your students and the first day of your class. 

Note: If your students say that they want to talk to their friends,  you cannot avoid telling them about 'tumi' form. 

 

 You might want to read this :

Know your students well on the first day of your language class

 

Photo: Performance of Bangla elementary level students in South Asia Summer Language Institute  (SASLI)in the University of Wisconsin in 2015. Elementary level students are reciting a poem by Sukumar Roy, ' bhalo re bhalo/ভালো রে ভালো'

They started from the very beginning of Bangla. After one and half months, Sarita, Tim, Sam, Calynn and Scott translated this poem and recited. 

Sasli-bangla-students'performance,2015 photo

 

 

 

 


Know your student well in the first day of a language class

Knowing your  students is very important in a language class and you, as a teacher have to do it in the first day. But what kind of information you need to know ?  I am talking here in terms of Bangla/Bengali language which I have been teaching for 25 years to non-nantive speakers. 

You can teach in a regular classroom  in an University, or in a tutoring session outside of academia. You can have one student or several students in your class.  But in your first interaction with students, you have to figure out their language backgrounds and goals. Whatever you teach, the success lies in understanding your students. 

The questions you need to address are like these,  is it the first time, your student X is learning a language besides English ? If the answer is 'yes' , then you have to think about  all the possible challanges, she may have, in terms of cultue, language structure, pronunciation, writing etc. ( let's guess that X is a female student so I can use 'she' for her)

If X has learned some European languages,she will have some idea how to process a second language in her mind, what to expect from a class etc.  You will also know what to expect from her. For example, if I have a student who knows Spanish, I will immediately guess that that student is familiar with dental sounds and other irregularities of language structures.

There is a possibility that X  knows some other South Asian languages, like Hindi or Tamil. In that case, you will face different kind of blessings and challanges as a teacher. If X knows Hindi, she will catch up Bangla very quickly. But, Hindi has left some prints in her mind, like usage of 'to be' verb  and you have to help X unlearn the pronunciation of sounds of the alphabets.

Take a mental note or real note of your students' background but do not forget to ask about their goals. Ask your students why are they learning Bangla ? Some of your students will just want to talk to their family and friends. Some want to learn Bangla for their research purposes. So, this means some give emphasis on speaking and listening, somewant to read texts. You will also have some students who are not sure what they will  do with Bangla in future. Everything is okay, value every background and every goal and then start your lesson.

 

 

 


Bangla/ Bengali Students' project, University of Chicago,First year,2015-16

This is the final project of First Year Bangla students,University of Chicago, 2016. It is fun. You will like it. 

The First year's challange was how to coordinate. One of our First Year student , Nichole was based in Madison. We could see her only in our classroom in a big screen. So, the students came up with the idea of making a story in parts. I think the idea is brilliant. 

Students have limited resource of language skills. When they use those skills and create something, I feel that they are ready to move forward. 

 

1st. Part, Megha and Tanima ( Universitty of Chicago )

 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByYyvuR58lWgUG5hZVVtcFBQQXc/view?usp=sharing

2nd. Part, Nichole ( University of Wisconsin)

  https://uwmadison.app.box.com/s/a0p3v1xqkjy7yrb0ywnxfrup6bgyom4u

3rd. Part, Eduardo ( University of Chicago student)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cvtn7xchq6zo8tb/bangla_final_eduardo.mp4?dl=0

 


North Kolkata, উত্তর কলকাতা

A lot of activities can be done with a photo in a language class.

Elementary level students, from this picture, try to remember the name of the objects you already know. Check on the web, if you are right. Learn new words.

Intermediate level students, start a story with this picture. What is the season ? What is your guess ?

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This is an old part of North Kolkata. 


Lesson plan for Bangla elementary level, Day 1

This is the lesson plan for Day 1 for my Bangla elementary course for Italki.com

I use more or less the same lesson plan for my Bangla elementary course in Verbling.com

 

https://paper.dropbox.com/doc/Lesson-Plan-day-1-for-Italki-qdOv9v1FWrvj36hjFpOn1

 

If you are teaching Bangla, feel free to use this template for your class.

If you are a student and is searching for online/digital Bangla courses, find me in verbling and italki.com.

Happy teaching and learning.

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