Bengali is the sixth largest language in the world, with 228 million native speakers and 37 m speakers of Bengali as a second language. It can therefore be considered a world language. Bengali is the national language of Bangladesh and the state language of West Bengal in India. There are substantial Bengali communities in the USA, Europe, Australia and the Middle East.
They can be taken for credit or not-for-credit. Modules with 44 taught classroom hours are worth 15 credits.
In academic year 2022/23, all language modules are taught in-person, on the Mile End campus.
You can enrol for an 11-week Bengali taster course from January 2023. A wider range of modules will be available from September 2023.
Bengali Language and Culture Taster course (Beginner)
1 x 2 hours per week: Thu 6-8 pm (venue TBC)
23rd January - 14th April 2023
22 classroom hours plus 50 hours independent study; 11 weeks