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South Asia Department

Modern Bengali Texts (PG)

Course Code:
Course Not Running 2014/2015
Unit value:
Taught in:
Full Year


Bengali Language 2 155900492

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate . . . 

  • The ability to read and study Bengali texts independently.


This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 3 hours classroom contact per week.  

Scope and syllabus

This is an advanced level course in the reading and understanding of contemporary Bengali texts. The course aims to give students the ability and confidence to tackle new material and to broaden their reading experience. The course is suitable for students who have completed Bengali Language 1 and 2 and for native-speaker students with equivalent language and literary skills. Students must be able to use a Bengali dictionary. The course will focus on reading, understanding and analysing a variety of texts, ranging from letters, articles and essays to drama, fiction and poetry. These will be looked at from a linguistic as well as a literary point of view. A reading list with recommended texts will be available, but students will also be encouraged to express their own interests within the framework of the course.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%); one 2,000 - 2,500 word essay to be submitted on day 1, week 1, term 2 (20%); one 3,000 word essay to be submitted on day 5, week 1, term 3 (30%).