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South Asia Department

Advanced Bengali (PG)

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


Bengali Language 2 or equivalent.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

By the end of the course students will be able to read texts independently, write with reasonably accuracy, converse confidently and understand Bengali films, radio and television programmes. Students will also be able to critically assess Bengali texts, films and other media through the medium of Bengali language. Students will be able to utilize spoken Bengali in order to converse on a wide range of subjects, and will be able to engage in debates in Bengali on a variety of topics. Students will acquire a solid knowledge of advanced Bengali grammar, which will give them the tools to approach difficult material logically and independently.


This course will be taught over 22 weeks with a 3 hour lecture per week.

Scope and syllabus

The aim of the course is to give students an advanced command of writing, reading, speaking and listening in Bengali. Currently, the UG version is a compulsory (Year 4) component of the new BA degree in Bengali and another subject. Because numbers for this programme are likely to be small, individualised teaching and tailor-made assessment also makes this course suitable for Year 3 students of South Asian Studies for whom Bengali is their chosen language, and for floaters who already have an appropriate knowledge of Bengali. The Advanced level of the course makes it highly suitable for PG students with appropriate language skills. It will be taught jointly with UG students, as is standard practice with languages.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (55%); one 500 word essay (in Bengali) to be submitted on day 1 after reading week, term 1 (10%); a 1,000 words translation to be submitted on day 1, term 2 (10%); an essay of 3,000 words (in English) to be submitted on Friday, week 1, term 3 (15%); a 5 minute speech (10%).  

Suggested reading

The reading list is decided by the lecturer/students at the beginning of the course