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Bengali Beginners Course

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The aim of the course is to provide a thorough introduction to contemporary Bengali. By the end of the course, students will have covered basic grammatical constructions and acquired an essential working vocabulary allowing them to communicate within a limited range of situations in which learners are likely to find themselves. The language is presented together with the cultural context in which it is used so that learners are able to appreciate such things as appropriateness and linguistic etiquette when interaction takes place in the target language.


The course is taught in English and Bengali with coverage of the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, and a balance between communicative activities, structure practice and grammar. Class size is normally limited to fifteen to allow intensive practice.

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

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3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week. Each term courses are subject to quorum requirements.




Please see the Syllabus for the recommended text. Course materials are not included in the course fee and can be purchased from the SOAS bookshop You are advised not to purchase course materials until your course has been confirmed. 

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