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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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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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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 

 

 


Shared course of Bangla Language in University of Chicago

Hi my former students, colleagues, my current students,

I would like you to know that University of Chicago is going to offer 'shared course' of  1st. Year Bangla from this Fall, 2015. 

It means that students from other Universities ( Listed below) can join Bangla class offered in U of C. Bangla is offered in a very few Universities inUS. So, so no doubt it is a great opportunity.

The question comes how it will be operated. Students, from their home Universities, can be present virtually in the class. This does not mean it will be a recorded class shared to them later.  It means that my students physically and virtually, in real time, join my class. We all will interact with each other. 

This is a new experience for me. But internet fascinates me and the possibility to work with this tool is endless. I have been imagining doing it for a long time. 

The Language Center of U of C will help and guide the students.

So, please spread the word. 

For now, only 1st. Year Bangla will be offered. 

 

Consortial Exchange Partners

Chicago Metropolitan Exchange Program:

The University of Illinois at Chicago

Northwestern University

 

The Domestic Exchange Program (Ivy Plus):

Brown University

Columbia University

Cornell University

Harvard University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T)

University of Pennsylvania

Princeton University

Stanford University

University of California-Berkeley

Yale University

 

If you are interested, please contact your home University.