https://www.verbling.com/find-teachers?price%5B%5D=5&price%5B%5D=80&sort=magic&language=bn

« July 2016 | Main | September 2016 »

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 .....

.................................................................................................................................................................

Segment 2: Greetings:

apni kaemon achen ?

আপনি কেমন আছেন ?

How are you ?

ami bhalo achhi. 

আমি ভালো আছি।

I am fine.

..................................................................................................................................................................

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.

...................................................................................................................................................................

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 ?

20160810_170812
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.

Screenshot (188)


Articles on online teaching platforms

 

Free Technology for Teachers / Richard Byrne

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/02/seven-free-platforms-for-teaching.html#.V7PzDCh94Qw

 

Virtual Instructor Led training

"VILT is one of the fastest growing methods of internet-based learning delivery. Steady increases in bandwidth and collaboration software technologies have promoted VILT to a practical and inviting solution for reaching widely dispersed learners efficiently and cost-effectively. ....."

http://www.trainingindustry.com/wiki/entries/virtual-instructor-led-training-(vilt).aspx

 

America Learning & Media

"What are learning technologies that are currently leading the market?  What innovations are expected in this field in the coming years? The analysis of an ATD 2015 speaker."

http://www.americalearningmedia.net/edicion-009/317-interviews/4172-in-virtual-training-online-learning-platforms-that-support-and-encourage-collaboration-are-leading-the-way

 

So far for today.


Bangla virtual classes in verbling.com

Bangla classes are going on very well in verbling.com.

What do you need for having a class:

Sign up for verbling.com. You need internet connection and 'google hangout'.

Course timing:

Very flexible. You can choose one class or a package of five classes. A package is cheaper. You can choose your days and time. The instructor's calendar is open for viewing.

No pressure to finish classes within a time period. Spread out your classes as you want. 

Are the classes on real time or pre-recorded ?

The classes are on real time. You will have the same kind of intereaction as you have in real classroom. 

Note: I am a very experienced Bangla teacher. I guarantee your success. 

 

For more information, look at my first upadate