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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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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

 


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 ? 


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

 

 

 

 


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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Teaching Bangla online in real time

I have started teaching Bangla online in 'verbling.com'. In 'Verbling', the teacher meets students in google hangout.  I can post my lesson plans, handouts and link of other resources there. In 'google hangout' there is a 'chat' option, which I can use as blackboard/whiteboard . The words, sentences any other explanations are saved for the students. 

The payment through paypal is also secure. 

So, if you are interested in learning Bangla, come find me in 'verbling.com'. You can send me a message there, book a class and/or you can write me directly in my gmail account 'bhadurimandira@gmail.com'.

 

About me : I have been teaching Bangla for last twenty-five years. Institutes where I have taught are University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Summer Intensive Language Program ( SASLI) in the University of Wisconsin, American Institute of Indian Studies, Kolkata. I also taught many social workers, academics, nurses, travellers across the world as a privte tutor. 

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Teaching Bangla in 'verbling.com'

Just listed elementary level two short course packs in 'verbling'. If you know anyone who will be interested, then spread the word. I will list more mini courses for elementary level and packages for Intermediate level Bangla.

Through 'verbling.com' I will teach Bangla online, in real time. Teachers in 'verbling' interact face to face with students in 'google hangout'.


Bengali online courses

 

I will give Bangla lessons as a second language to the non-native speakers. I am relocating to Kolkata from July,2016 .

Students can join me from around the world. One does not have to be physically present in Kolkata. I will use zoom or google hangout or skype suitable for the class. I will meet my students face to face, but virtually.

This year, I am teaching in this way in the University of Chicago, I have a distant student from the University of Wisconsin. The classes are going smooth.

I would teach in a group or one-on-one depending on the need of the students and there will be a time frame for each class. 

Spread the word, my friends. 

 

Contact me in this email: bhadurimandira@gmail.com

 

 For more details: Visit  http://umbangla.typepad.com/um_bangla/online-bangla-course.html


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. 

 

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Chicago Metropolitan Exchange Program:

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If you are interested, please contact your home University. 


Welcome !!

Welcome back to UM Bangla. I disowned the blog in 2013 and missed it a lot. Today, out of curiosity, I searched it online. I was surprised to see that people kept coming in it. I saw another reference of UM Bangla somewhere in net. I am extremely surprised and very inspired to see that. 

So, I came back again. 

So many things have changed since 2006 when I started this blog. At that time, there were very few resources online. But now, the web is flooded with sites on Bangla teaching. There is an overwhelming amount of Bangla books to read. I can get films and songs in seconds in You Tube to use in the class. Students are extremely comfortable with technology, phone has become their main tool for entertainment and learning. My life has become easier than before.

But something  also has changed. Students are not so eager about posting their work and photos online for public. Questions of safety, security and their public image come up. I understand that. Whether it stays as a students' blog or  a teacher's blog, the bottom line is that UM Bangla is staying.

Thanks,

Mandira