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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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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. 

 


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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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

 

 

 

 


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. 


We all will make a story

Let us all ( first year) make the story longer. Contribute whatever you can, at least one or two lines and see where it goes...

মণীষা আর অনির্বাণ । মণীষা খুব ভালো গান করতে পারে, মণীষা গায়িকা হতে চায়। অনির্বান সিনেমা দেখতে ভালোবাসে। কিন্তু সে সিনেমা পরিচালক ( film director) হতে চায় না কারণ তার পড়াতে ভালো লাগে। সে শিক্ষক হতে চায়। মণীষার বয়স পঁচিশ, অনির্বাণের বয়স বাইশ।  মনীষা আর অনির্বাণ এক শহরে থাকে, তারা এক পাড়ায় ( neighborhood) থাকে। তারা খুব বন্ধু। তারা প্রতি শনিবার কফি হাউসে দেখা করে।

একদিন -

ম - অনির্বাণ, আজ তুই কি করবি? আমার সঙ্গে একটা গানের আসরে যাবি?

অ - না, আজ আমার মন ভালো নেই। তুই যা।

ম - তোর মন খারাপ ? কেন রে?

অ - জানি না, তুই যা না । আমি বাড়িতে থাকব। হয়তো সিনেমা দেখতে যাব।

ম- তুই সিনেমা দেখতে যাবি আর আমার গান শুনতে যাবি না ?

অ - ধুত্‌ , তোর গান তো রোজ শুনি । হারমোনিয়াম বাজিয়ে রোজ সেই এক গান করিস ।

ম - আমি রোজ রোজ এক গান করি না। তোর মাথা খারাপ হয়েছে। তুই এখানে বসে বসে দশ কাপ কফি খা। আমি যাই । আর, ও, হ্যাঁ, আমি তপনকে আমার সঙ্গে যেতে বলব। তপন তোর মত নয় ( not like you)