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English / Re: Sweet Memories of Our Childhood
« on: February 26, 2020, 01:42:17 PM »
 :-* :-*

English / Sweet Memories of Our Childhood
« on: February 26, 2020, 01:40:34 PM »
Please see the attachment.

Departments / Re: Generally there are 3 types of student in a class.
« on: February 24, 2020, 04:53:57 PM »
Interesting Information.

Departments / Re: Ten Fascinating Facts About Gabriel García Márquez
« on: February 24, 2020, 04:53:26 PM »
You all are welcome  :).

English / The benefits of teaching second-language literature
« on: February 23, 2020, 04:25:57 PM »
Three models of literature-based teaching in the language classroom have been developed, each one based on a different and compelling reason for the practice:

The Cultural Model. Advocates of this model believe that the value of literature lies in its unique distillation of culture. In this model, the class reads fiction or poetry as part of their instruction about history, politics, social mores and traditions.

The Language Model.
Given that literature is built from language, it opens a path for students to construct their own understanding of words and phrases. According to this model, reading is of value for the same reason it’s valuable in a student’s native language: it gives them the tools for more effective communication.

The Personal Growth Model. In this model, the focus is on engagement. Teachers use literature to help students understand themselves better and connect with the world around them in a deeper way by exploring universal themes.

To reap the full benefits of literature in the classroom, you can certainly combine all three models. Language, culture and personal growth are intrinsically connected and it makes sense to teach them in conjunction with each other.
Here are the specific ways in which students expand their language, culture and personal growth from the experience of learning literature in a second language:

•   Literature offers experiences that can only be accessed through the target language. That funny play on words in a scene of Shakespeare won’t have any meaning if explained out of context. The relationship between France and African countries like Algeria comes to life more vividly in light of the writings of Camus. Such experiences give students a front-row seat to history and culture which would be impossible to replicate otherwise.

•   Literature gives students a unique understanding of the target culture. Teaching idioms from a textbook is not memorable. But reading an idiom in a conversation between two strong characters will surely stick out in your students’ minds. They can also witness life through the eyes of soldiers, preachers, writers and statesmen in a way that gives insight into the people and events that shaped the culture.

•   Literature makes seamless connections between the language and other subjects. We all know that language is more relevant to students if they can connect it to other disciplines like art, history, math or instruction in their native language. Sometimes language teachers need to explicitly spell out the connections between the target language and these other disciplines. But literature makes these connections effortless, allowing us to teach to the whole person rather than targeting language solely.

•   Literature provides better understanding of the universal nature of language. How many times have you told your students that learning a second language helps them understand their own language better? Literature brings that point to life. Students will see examples of metaphors, symbols, puns and analogies that make them think about similar constructions in their native language and the universal truths behind them, connecting language and personal growth in a meaningful way.

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So true, Rafiz. We may completely lose ourselves if this practice continues.

English / “Toward a Concept of Postmodernism” by Ihab Hassan
« on: February 23, 2020, 04:13:20 PM »
An excellent piece of writing to understand Postmodernism.

Bangla Literature / Some Interesting Facts about Bengali Language
« on: May 04, 2019, 01:47:30 PM »
Some Interesting Facts about Bengali Language

Bengali is often known as the second most beautiful language in the world after French because of its charm and touch of love and sophistication.  Once a Bengali poet said that – ‘A mori Bangla bhasa, moder garab moder asha’ which roughly translates to – ‘Oh! How I praise Bengali language, it is our pride, it is our only hope’. Bengali is the seventh most spoken native language in the world, with over 210 million speakers. Here are some interesting facts about Bengali Language;

1)   Official Status of Bengali Language
Bengali is the national language of Bangladesh and one of the 23 official languages in India. It is the official language of the Indian states of West Bengal, Tripura and in Barak Valley of Assam. It is also a major language in the Indian union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is also an official language of Sierra Leone. In 2002, Bengali was named an honorary official language of Sierra Leone in honor of the 5300 Bangladeshi troops who were part of the Sierra Leone Peacekeeping Force.

2)   Bengali Grammar

The Bengali grammar is gender free! That’s good news for English speakers. Although there are no gendered nouns in Bengali, but there is a lot of subtle inflection in spoken Bengali which can take some time to master. Verbs are especially difficult because they are heavily inflected, and the wrong inflection changes their case and your overall meaning. It can either turn into a hilarious situation or a horrifying one.

3)   National Anthem of India is written in Bengali

Jana Gana Mana, the National Anthem of India is written in Bengali by Rabindranath Tagore. Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music. He has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Gitanjali, which was written in Bengali and has probably written the best poems and songs in Bengal so far.

4)   Some English words are borrowed from Bengali
Various words are shared with lots of languages. There are some common English words that we use too often, but we don’t know where they have been derived from. Two such words are Bungalow and jute that are actually derived from Bengali.

5)   Bengali Words of different origins

Bengali has as many as 100,000 separate words, of which 50,000 are its own, 21,100 are originated from Sanskrit, the mother of all languages and the remainder loanwords from Austro-Asiatic and other foreign languages. Because of centuries of contact with Europeans, Turkic peoples, and Persians, the Bengali language has absorbed numerous words from foreign languages. The most common borrowings from foreign languages come from three different kinds of contact. After close contact with several indigenous Austro-Asiatic languages and later the Mughal invasion whose court language was Persian, numerous Chagatai, Arabic, and Persian words were absorbed into the lexicon.


English Grammar / Re: Difference between British & American English
« on: March 28, 2019, 10:49:46 PM »
Thanks for sharing. :)

Very significant post, thanks for sharing.

Story, Article & Poetry / Re: ডলফিনের ‘সুখ’
« on: March 23, 2019, 09:49:24 PM »
Interesting  :)!!

Departments / Re: Tagore's Views on Education
« on: March 17, 2019, 10:01:41 PM »
Thanks for sharing  :).

Departments / Ten Fascinating Facts About Gabriel García Márquez
« on: March 17, 2019, 10:00:17 PM »
1. He had one of the more iconic literary feuds of the last century.
2. His relationship with his mother was a bit odd.
3. He determined he was going to marry his wife when she was just nine years old.
4. He was inspired to write by an incorrect translation of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis (1915).
5. He once toured the American South in a Greyhound.
6. He had a strong interest in politics, and was a committed socialist.
7. As a result, he was labeled a subversive in the United States.
8. Over the years, he maintained a friendship with Fidel Castro.
9. An obscure Mexican ventriloquist’s poem was published under Marquez’s name.
10. He never let anyone adapt One Hundred Years of Solitude into a film.


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