Interested in learning Pashto, Urdu or Bengali?

Posted on September 25th, 2013 in Program Highlights

Stanford Language Center is offering Pashto, Urdu and Bengali language courses this academic year. If you are considering these courses, please attend the organizational meeting on Thursday (9/26) at 5:00 p.m. in Building 240, Room 209.  Instructors will discuss the schedule and curriculum for the 2013-14 Academic Year. If you cannot attend the meeting, please get in touch with Dr. Eva Prionas (Coordinator for Special Languages Program) at eprionas @ stanford.edu for more information.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

First year Urdu, first quarter, is the first course in the beginning-level three quarter sequence.  It emphasizes the development of the full range of language skills—reading, listening comprehension, the use of grammatical structures, and oral and written communication—through a variety of learning themes. The language skills will be reinforced through individual and small group interactive work, and also by multimedia-based activities. They will provide a platform for adapting the curriculum to specific student learning goals. Cultural awareness is a strong component of the curriculum. Meeting times TBA. For more information, contact Naeem Mazhar at naeemmazhar @ hotmail.com

First year Pashto, first quarter, is a beginning course, part of a three quarter sequence, and provides an introduction to oral and written communication in the Pashto language. The emphasis is on using a communicative approach to the acquisition of the language to advance all modalities-reading, listening, grammar structures and speaking.  Awareness of cultural elements is an essential part of the course. Meeting times TBA. For more information, contact Haji Razmi at hrazmi @ aol.com

 First Year Bengali, first quarter, is the first part of a three quarter sequence, an introduction to learning the Bengali (exonym: Bengali, ethnonym: Bangla) language in context of the Bengali ­speaking cultures. Standard Bengali has split into two divergent forms: the Kolkata standard and the Dhaka standard.  The course will address both alternations.  Cultural awareness is a strong component of the curriculum. By the end of the course students will be able to communicate in very basic Bengali in both written and oral form and develop an insight into the Bengali­ culture and society. Meeting times TBA. For more information, contact Naira Khan at naira @ stanford.edu

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