Thursday, October 9, 2008

The English Sections of Nari Jibon Project

Mohtarimun Nahar [Bipa]
[The Supervisor of English Section & Editing]


Nari Jibon Project provides alternative skills for girls & women. Actually it is a training program. The Executive Director of this Project is Kathryn B Ward. She is a Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies of Illinois University, Carbondale. She started this project in March 2005 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Funding comes from her and her mother Pat Ward and nominally from the students’ admission fees and other donations.


Here different aged of girls and women can take courses on English, Bengali, Tailoring, Computer Office Program, Graphics and Photography etc. Most of the students are of school, college and university levels. Also sex workers can get admitted in English, computers or any other sections in Nari Jibon.


Here we have Nari [Women] Cyber Café only for girls and women. Students are to submit their assignments to the related teachers and practice on English and Computer in this cyber café.


We have also a Blog Project in English [titled “Bangladesh from Our View” [http://narijibon.blogspot.com] and Bengali [“Amader Galpa (Our Stories)” [http://banglablog-narijibon.blogspot.com ] to enhance students’ & staffs’ creativity on different areas.

To know more about Nari Jibon Project you can visit-- www.narijiobon.com.


In Nari Jibon Project we have two English sections: English-1 [Basic Grammar, Reading, Writing and Speaking] and English-2 [Advanced Speaking, Reading & Writing]. Beside those two Practice Classes[Special English Spoken Practice Class] are held on Friday and Saturday morning.

I am the teacher of these sections. Some times many visiting teachers come to take English classes to encourage the students. The students are to attend in the English Sections before taking the computer course. Before admitting here students are to attend an admission test and their sections are decided on their results.


After every three/four month’s guardian meetings and prize giving ceremony are arranged. We also arrange blog workshop by experienced people. Now I will give some descriptions about Nari Jibon English classes.

English-1 [Basic Grammar, Reading, Writing and Speaking]:
Teacher: Mohtarimun Nahar (Bipa)


Course objectives:

  • Students will learn Basic English vocabulary.
  • Students will learn Basic English grammar rules.
  • Materials mostly given in English (immersion).
  • Practice on speaking, writing, reading, and understanding will be assigned in each class.
  • Students will be able to: read, write and speak.
  • Remove students’ hesitation on speaking.
  • Students will contribute to the English blog.
  • At the end of the course, students will be prepared to move to English 2.

Course requirements:

  • Students must know the English alphabet before attending this class.
  • Students will do their homework as requested.
  • Students will develop their portfolio and plan.

Students will diligently attend classes, and provide adequate reasons for absence. They will be required to make up missed work.


English-2 [Advanced Speaking, Reading & Writing]:
Teacher: Mohtarimun Nahar (Bipa)

English 2 is the final course in English at Nari Jibon. Students who have completed English 1 and have passed a competency exam (oral and written) are eligible to join this class. English 2 is taught completely in English, and each class includes elements of speaking, reading, writing and comprehension. Students are expected to submit homework assignments as required by their teacher, to attend class regularly, and to sit for exams as scheduled.


Course objectives:

  • Students will improve their English vocabulary.
  • Students will improve their English grammar rules.
  • Students will be able to: read, write and speak.
  • Students will increase their confidence when conversing in English.
  • Students will contribute to the English blog.
  • Students will develop their portfolios.
  • Students will complete internships.
  • At the end of the course, students will be able to hold a conversation with a native English speaker, read and understand English writing, and write grammatically correct memos, essays and prose.

Rules of English- 1 & 2:

  • The course will be finished within two months [English-1 within 24 classes and English- 2 within 16 classes].
  • Students are required to purchase a cyber café pass card and complete their homework in the cyber café, at least one hour per week.
  • Class Days & Time:

English-2: Wednesday & Friday [03.00 am – 05:00 pm].
Special English Spoken Practice Class: Saturday [11:00 am – 01:00 pm].

English-1: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday [03.00am – 05:00pm].
Special English Spoken Practice Class: Friday [11:00 am – 01:00 pm].

  • Keep the mobile on vibrate in the class.
  • Students will submit their assignments by sheet or through email.
  • In every class, speaking will be practiced on different topics.
  • After graduation, students will have to finish the internship program [for two weeks].
  • If students miss more than one week of English class, they will be dropped from the class.
  • If students refuse to turn in homework for more than two weeks, they will be dropped from the class.

The practices are done by:

Speaking

To be able to speak in different places on different topics and practice from diagram.

Writing

To be able to write paragraph, applications, cover letters, bio-data etc. and make portfolio.

Reading

To be able to read any passes or paragraphs fluently and the pronunciation will be corrected

Listening

To be able to understand English by listening and answer from given questions on that.

Question Answering

To be able to make questions and answer to those. Students will practice by answering some questions to one another and ask about class room objects.

Submitting assignments

Students submit their assignments on class related topics and BLOG. They will type in cybercafé and submit those through email to: mn.bipa@gmail.com ; bipa19@yahoo.com

Browsing internet

Students will browse some website and blogspot site and submit assignments as required by the teacher.


Some Pictures of English Class & Students of Nari Jibon:

I am [yellow dress] with the English students in Blog Workshop

Lee Goldman is in the English Class

A student is taking her prize from Mr. Rafiqul Islam [Project Director of Nari Jibon]

Sufia [NJ student] with the visiting Teachers [Aruna, Muniyat, Stella and Lee]

Lee with the English Class Students

Stella is in the English Class

Lee Goldman, Stella and Aruna are in the English Class

Stella, Muniyat and Aruna are in the English Class

2 comments:

dehoang said...

That's fantastic to teach English to other women and train them to be women business employees.

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