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Bengali Language At Cornell
Language Information Courses Other Resources


মাধবীলতা
Language Contact Person: Sreemati Mukherjee
Phone: 255-0718        Web       http://lrc.cornell.edu/asian/faculty/bios/mukherjee
Office: 184 Rockefeller Hall
Bengali
In multi linguistic South Asia, Bengali is the language of the national anthems of two nations, India and Bangladesh.

New York City speaks and works in many different languages. The epitome of global USA with 800 different languages spoken in its boroughs to enable people to understand and communicate, New York is the essence of what America is becoming. A multi- lingual nation. In 2013, NYC had ballots translated into Bengali – the first South Asian language to be introduced at city polling booths, recognizing that a majority of the city’s electorate spoke in Bengali.

For those interested in economics, employment and labor rights, nutritional sciences and development sociology in the eastern section of the Indian subcontinent the Bengali speaker has a considerable advantage over those not familiar with the language. Consequently, anyone considering a global career in health care, government service, law, business or a discipline where communicating with other people is important will find the knowledge of Bengali a great resource.

With about 220 million native and about 250 million total speakers, Bengali is one of the most spoken languages, ranked seventh in the world. For many young Americans, their language skills in Bengali facilitates their reconnection with family and culture in the Asian subcontinent.

The Bengali Language At Cornell
Spring 2015 Class Times:
ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING to set TBA class timings is on TUESDAY, January 20th

  • BENGL 1106 at 11:00 am in Room NLB G3 (Noyes Lodge, Language Resource Center)
  • BENGL 2202 at 11:00 am in Room NLB G3 (Noyes Lodge, Language Resource Center)
  • BENGL 3302 at 10:00 am in Room NLB G3 (Noyes Lodge, Language Resource Center)

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  • Elementary Level: BENGL 1102 - 6 credits
    CLASS TIMES: MTWR 11:30-12:20
    Letter grade - No Final - No Consent
    Room: NLB G3
    For beginners who know the Bengali script it helps in conversational, reading and writing skills.Student proficiency at the end of this year advances to the ACTFL NH level ACTFL guidelines

  • Bengali Reading & Writing II: BENGL 1106 - 2 credits
    CLASS TIMES: TBA
    Letter grade - No Final - No Consent
    Room: NLB G3
    Designed to enable Heritage students to learn the Bengali script and read Bengali stories and write short essays.

  • Intermediate Level: BENGL 2202 -3 credits
    CLASS TIMES: TBA
    Letter grade - No Final - No Consent
    Room: NLB G3
    Prerequisite:
    This course is designed for students who have had 1 year’s coursework in Bengali & can talk, understand, write & read primers & wish to work on an extensive use of the written & spoken language.
    Student proficiency at the end of this year advances to the ACTFL IH level ACTFL guidelines

  • Advanced Bengali: BENGL 3302 - 3 credits
    CLASS TIMES: TBA
    Letter grade - No Final - No Consent
    Room: NLB G3
    Prerequisite:
    BENGL 3301 or permission of instructor.
    Course focuses on Conversation, interviews and writing skills.
    Student proficiency at the end of the year advances to the ACTFL Advanced levelACTFL guidelines

  • Directed Studies: BENGL 4432

Cornell Area Program Affiliation: South Asia Program
The Mission of the South Asia Program is to bring attention to South Asia in the form of courses, faculty, research, libraries, art exhibitions, language learning, resources, student organizations, and exchange programs. In addition to our pluralistic structure, the South Asia Program sponsors numerous lectures and events on South Asia, administers outreach programs, and contributes widely to academic work through our own publication series.
Announcements:
  • Bangla Language Fellowships from AIIS to India
    At the end of ONE year of language training in Bangla students are eligible to apply for fellowships from the American Institute of Indian Studies and continue further training in Kolkata, India. For detailed information check the AIIS web site.
  • FLAS Scholarships
    Cornell's South Asia Program (SAP) offers Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS). It is funded by the USDE under Title VI. It assists undergraduate and graduate students to acquire a high level of language ability in languages like Bengali.

Last edited by sm138 on Tue Jan 06 2015 at 03:15 PM.