LearnBangla Language Center has started its journey from 2010 and providing Bangla language training to the foreigner/ expatriate officials those who are working in different diplomatic missions, international volunteer agencies (KOICA, JICA, VSO), international aid agencies, donor agencies, like: EU officials, USA officials, NGOs, CBOs, university students and social workers in such a way, so that they could easily able to overcome cross cultural obstacles and read, write, understand and speak in Bangla language fluently. In the mean time, that program has helped around thousand of learners from more than 50 countries. In the process, we have found our achievements to be satisfactory. By this time, we have received a high appreciation from the participants as well as from their sponsors what is very much encouraging for the development of this institution. There is availability of hundreds of individual Bangla language learning materials. But this is first time we developed curriculum based language teaching modules and materials what was accepted and appreciated excitingly to the world community. And still we are in progress in reviewing, associating feedback, innovating new ideas for ongoing process.
LearnBangla Bangla language learning centre will be followed by the exchange of dynamic and innovative practical ideas that supports the teaching of Bangla Language effectively and adequately to the foreign learners in friendly and comfortable environment with its academic portfolio, research agenda and educational model. LearnBangla has plan to grow within its own-boundary a large corporate group which may include several educational institutions like - schools, colleges, universities and various other social welfare entities. LearnBangla believes, its sincere and outmost effort will be encouraging in turning it into a world leading institution.
LearnBangla is ensuring Bangla language training for the learners from around the world to help and guide them in such a way that they can easily read, write, understand and speak in Bangla to a certain level of proficiency in their daily conversations. The language centre is committed to achieve this mission by continuously enhancing the quality of its services through professional development and cross-cultural understanding and by innovating curriculum design, teaching methods and materials. LearnBangla is dedicated in helping the learners to fulfill their personal, academic and professional goals that empowered them in real-life situation.
LearnBangla is approved by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
(Registered License No. 04/2015)
as a non-profitable institution, subsequently incorporated by the Register of Joint Stock Company and Firms, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
(Certificate of Incorporation No. TO-888/15)
under company act XVIII of 1994.
Message from Founder and Managing Director
I take this proud privilege in congratulating the students of LearnBangla who are availing our effective learning processes to learn Bangla language. I am really amazed to see their level of interest and enthusiasm in learning Bangla as a second language.
I feel very much inspired by those who left upon completion of the courses and now can read, write and speak in Bangla very fluently in their day to day conversation with Bangla speakers.
I admire that all of the students those who are already left us and learning now, are very much encouraging and helpful in the overall learning processes.
Considering the above, I can mention without any hesitation that LearnBangla has by this time been able to be one of the leading Bangla learning center in the country and abroad. We hope our effective program will bring for the learners a wider opportunity during the days ahead.
With profound regards and success,
Mary Juliet Penheiro |
Message from Chairman
I am extending a warm welcome with great pleasure and pride to all, those who are willing to study in LearnBangla. Within a very short period of time it has gained a good reputation both at national and international grounds by its manifold activities and become a leading Bangla Language Learning Center in Bangladesh.
I believe, a good school is the holy place where the light of the wisdom is focused. LearnBangla is one of such place where the teachers are the magic master who can easily help you to overcome the language and cultural barriers.
I am confident that we will work together as educator, friend, family and the community to create the best learning environment for our learners. It is my belief, the success is a must.
I am very happy that with total dedication of faculty members, commitment from the management and with best sincerity of the head of the institution LearnBangla is not so far from its goal.
With profound regards,
Lelin Penheiro |
Module & Courses
One of the remarkable features of LearnBangla is its modules and courses. Much priority and attention has been given to make the courses enjoyable and practical. After completion of each individual course the participants will be able to speak in Bangla more accurately and confidently in their day to day conversations.
BASIC LEVEL COURSES
Our basic level courses mainly designed into three modules in script method:
- Three modules in Script method
(Script Step - I, II & III)
- Three modules in phonetic method
(Phonetics Step - I, II & III)
MID LEVEL COURSES
Our mid level courses are designed into five modules by script methods:
- Grammar Volume - I
- Prose and Conversation Volume - I
- Religion Study Volume - I
- Short Stories Volume - I
- Social, Cultural, Historical & Religious Issues Volume - I
ADVANCED LEVEL COURSES
Our advanced level courses are designed into six modules by script methods:
- Grammar Volume - II
- Prose and Conversation Volume - II
- Religion Study Volume - II
- Short Stories Volume - II
- Social, Cultural, Historical &
Religious Issues Volume - II
- Day to day Bangladeshi Lifestyle
- Arts & Crafts
- Music & Dance [Bangladeshi folk]
- Bangladeshi Cooking
- Bangla Literature
- Medical/Agricultural/Economic/Political terms
> Separate short courses on a particular topic can be provided upon request of learners.
Our each of the module is usually facilitated into a 20 day sessions including periodic tests and feedback (2 hours a day, 5 days a week, 2 exam days).
|Training:||Participatory training process implemented.|
|Classroom:||Between three and six learners.|
|Classroom setting:||Circular and semi-circular seating arrangement.|
|Periodical language proficiency evaluation:||Through feedback sessions and assessment on level of understanding of each individual learner is measured on the basis of their results in periodic tests.|
|Materials:||Modules, Exercise books, Audio CDs, Flash Cards, Festoons, Flipcharts, Whiteboard, Smart Board, Projectors, Audio-visual equipment and many other relevant training material.|
|Library:||Modern library with more than five hundred various updated learning materials, reference books, maps, Bangla dictionaries, handbooks, pocket books, Bangla movies, dramas, documentaries, and Bangla Novels etc.|
|Facilitators:||Mainly from our own faculty. However, may be hired from relevant organizations like, Dhaka University, Bangla Academy, Bishaw Shahittaya Kendra, Cultural Centers for a particular topic if and when required.|
|Study tours:||Excursions and field trips arranged for practical demonstrations.|
|Cultural programs:||Cultural programs involving the participants are organized during different Bengali festivals and other social occasions.|
Course Schedule 2018
Countries We Served
From the commencement of our programs we have learners from America, Canada, England, Japan, South Korea, The Netherlands, Australia, France, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, Singapore, Norway, Germany, Brazil, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, China, Poland, South Africa, Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Philippines, Ethiopia, Iceland, Finland, Indonesia, Romania, Czech Republic, Denmark, Jamaica, Vietnam, Taiwan, El Salvador, Thailand, Wales, East Timor, Nigeria, Brunei, Argentina, Malaysia, Mauritius, Egypt, Turkey, Kenya etc.
Clients We Served
Comment from the Students
“U.S. Embassy Dhaka currently has a contract with LearnBangla from 2012 to provide individual and group lessons at the Embassy for our officers and community. As the US Embassy's post language officer I have been in charge of this relationship since August of 2013. The Embassy contracted with LearnBangla because there was a need within the Embassy for formal language training as well as flexibility. See more...
LearnBangla has been able to provide individualized lessons for our community based on their learning needs. Our relationship has been very satisfactory and we plan on continuing the relationship into the future as we grow the number of Bangla speakers within the American community.”Sean D. Boda,
Language Officer, U.S. Embassy, Dhaka
“I have found LearnBangla to be an excellent way of learning Bangla. LearnBangla has helped me to develop my command of both reading and speaking Bangla, from practically zero, to being able to, for instance, read the stories of Humayun Ahmed, give a professional speech to a group of food safety inspectors and communicate with the farmer-beneficiaries of the projects my embassy is funding in Bangladesh.
This would not have been possible if it had not been for the interesting and well-designed study materials LearnBangla has prepared, its professional teaching staff and in my case, above all, its patient tutoring catering to my specific professional and personal needs. LearnBangla has a tailor-made approach to language learning in terms of language skills and language content and, not unimportantly, through its courses it manages to imbue its students with a passion for the rich and beautiful language Bangla is and for Bangladesh culture in general. I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone with an interest in learning Bangla to take their Bangla learning course at LearnBangla.”Dr. Jan Willem Nibbering, First Secretary Food Security
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh
“When I arrived in Dhaka three years, accompanying my husband William Hanna, the European Union Ambassador, I was enthusiastic to learn Bangla. A friend recommended LearnBangla in Banani. I went along for a placement test, and the Director, Mary Pinheiro, recommended that I should join the level 1 Script class. I attended the school for a month, with Mrs Pinheiro as my teacher, and was delighted with every aspect of the course. See more...
The teachers are well trained and friendly, the method interactive and up-to-date, the premises comfortable and welcoming. We even went on a field trip to Boi mela to practise our skills! During the month I learnt to read and write the entire Bangla script, but more importantly, I learn to converse at a basic level with shopkeepers, acquaintances and friends. I am often praised for my Bangla skills by local people I meet, and it is an honour for me to be able to show my respect for the country and its language. At the end of the month's course I was proud to be awarded over 80% in my exam. As a language teacher and teacher trainer with over thirty years experience (see my website on www.espacios.be), I can highly recommend LearnBangla to anyone wanting to learn Bangla at any level. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information, firstname.lastname@example.org”Paola Fornari Hanna,
“Our teacher was delightful and all the staffs were very friendly. The facilities are wonderful and it was so lovely to have tea supplied and a sitting area for breaks. I like the learning materials we purchased. We loved the cooking class! Thank you for all your help!”Ross Penner and Doan Penner, England
“We chose Learn Bangla because of the very good reputation it has for teaching Bangla. We appreciated the flexibility Learn Bangla offered and have been very impressed with the quality of teaching.”Alyxandra and Kelib, Australia
“We, Hans-Jørgen Hagen and Torunn Elisabeth Tjelle, have been learning Bengali at LearnBangla for a year. We learned to know about the education center from some friends and are happy we chose this institution as they are very flexible and forthcoming to meet our needs. Their teaching material is standardized and helpful including both books and audio recordings. We will and have been recommending them for other foreigners. Sincerely Yours,”Hans-Jørgen Hagen and Torunn E Tjelle, Norway
“For foreigners arriving in Bangladesh and wishing to engage in language learning, Learn Bangla offers a comprehensive programme of language and cultural learning. The language materials are produced to a high quality and provide a range of learning styles. We were required to follow a full time course of language training and elected to join Learn Bangla as it offered to us not only the basics of See more...
the language but also the teaching staff who could fully explain the grammar as well as giving the cultural contexts for the use of the language. The staffs are very flexible and accommodating, especially when there are other demands on time and engagements to fulfill. The provision of accommodation for overseas visitors is helpful as it firstly removes the immediate challenges of having to secure private accommodation within the city. Secondly, it provides an opportunity to be introduced to a Bangladeshi lifestyle but to do so in safe and secure environment. With a number of students from different parts of the world coming together, Learn Bangla helps foster good supporting relationships for those engaged in language learning.”Andrew and Gwen Millns, United Kingdom
“In July 2010 we arrived in Bangladesh, for at least the next 4 years. We felt we needed to learn the language in order to engage with the lovely citizens of Dhaka. In December, we decided that LearnBangla in Banani was the right school for us. The materials Mary, the principal, has developed over the years, is exquisite. See more...
The training books are clear, the goals for every lessons are well described, and the tests after every 5 lessons, are a good resource to see where more help is needed. She is anticipated on this, and developed a program that is just right for the student. For example, when it became clear that my husband needed more in-depth training about the basics, that was no problem at all, and we separated in classes, according to our needs. Flashcards and DVD's helped us to develop further. Mary has trained her teachers well. We found her open for feedback about them, and she acted accordingly. The teachers teach the things they are good at, al responding with their background and abilities. The atmosphere in the school is wonderful. Nothing was a problem for her or the teachers, and they are always willing to step outside the box and do something to help us in our learning. Mary has been a good teacher and resource over the years for us. Not only concerning language, but also about cultural understanding. She knows and loves her country well, and is always eager to teach her many students, whether it is about Bangla, music, poetry or cooking. We have enjoyed the classes at LearnBangla greatly, and appreciate all the teachers, and her founder Mary dearly. It feels as a friendly home to us, and we recommend this school to all our bideshi friends.”Sincerely, Monique de Groot
Country Director - Inter Serve, Bangladesh (The Netherlands)
“I visited with the LearnBangla staff in October 2013, and I was very impressed by their Bangla school. They have created visually attractive, relevant materials that emphasize important aspects of language learning. The school is bright, clean, well-lit, and easily accessible in Banani, Dhaka. See more...
I very much enjoyed meeting with the LearnBangla's director and founder, Mary J Penheiro. She welcomed us into the school, provided clear guidelines in enrolling in the school, and was generally extremely organized and professional. In extensive e-mail interaction, I've found that she is easy to work with and quick to respond. To summarize, I believe she'll be an excellent language teacher for myself. I'm thankful for her and her LearnBangla school.”Scott Wiens, USA
“Learn Bangla has helped us quickly be able to learn the Bangla language, and we will soon be able to begin our work helping the Bangladeshi people.”Matt Carson, U.S.A
“I chose LearnBangla after the owner did excellent work in a challenging assignment as translator for local leaders in our development project. I especially like their friendly but organized teaching style and thorough materials.”Jerome Sayre, Chief of Party - SDLG Project – USAID, USA
“There are many options for studying Bangla in Dhaka. I have chosen and stayed with LearnBangla because of the professional leadership and expertise of the principal and teachers. The vision for the school and the implementation are excellent. At LearnBangla the curriculum and materials are well developed and easy to use. The principal and teachers provide what they say they will provide. See more...
They give attention to students and go beyond their basic responsibility and do all they can to help students learn. The school is always clean and the whole environment is set up for good learning. In comparison to other options, LearnBangla has been and continues to be the best language learning environment I can find in Dhaka.”Susan Lloyd, USA
“We are glad we joined LearnBangla school for our language learning. Some of the reasons/remarks are:
1. The Founder & Principal, Mrs. Mary has a vision for ex-pat students. 2. The classes are student friendly and interactive. 3. Curriculum is planned in such a way there is scope to enlarge one's vocabulary, practice new words and learn a bit of grammer in each session. See more...
4. The class assignments and each class exercises enhance learning 5. Evaluation exam/test at the end of 5 or 6 chapters are objective type and there is also scope for a time of conversation, which is quite appreciated. 6. The atmosphere of the school is quite comfortable, homely and cross-cultural. Students who are slow also do feel comfortable as the pace of learning is flexible. 7. We also found that teachers are trained from time to time by the principal and they are heard working.”Beulah & David, India