Bengali Language 1
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- Full Year
This is a basic course for beginners in the written and spoken language; students are not assumed to have any previous knowledge of the language or its script. The course covers all the major tenses and constructions of the language, enabling successful students to acquire basic skills in reading, writing, comprehension and speaking. Literacy in the script is taught early on, and much emphasis is placed on good pronunciation and on the social and linguistic conventions of everyday conversation.
Classes are highly ‘interactive’, with much participation from students through drilling, question-and-answer exercises, and other such class activities. As in all language courses, full attendance and regular submission of coursework is essential, and the four hours of class time have to be matched with at least as much again in private study.
This course is available to students in any year, but final-year undergraduate students will need the permission of the Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate…
- knowledge and understanding of basic Bengali grammar
- knowledge and understanding of essential Bengali vocabulary
- knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Bengali structures and expressions in a given context
- the ability to understand short passages in written Bengali on everyday topics
- the ability to produce short passages in written Bengali on everyday topics
- the ability to understand spoken Bengali and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics