One of the main goals of the language training is to immerse the students into their host culture to the greatest extent possible. In order to facilitate that experience, Bangla Language Institute offers a variety of activities to provide the students with the maximum exposure. It includes cultural excursions such as field trips, field classes and NGO/organization visits as well as lectures, interview classes etc.
BLI arranges day long field trips to Old Dhaka, Dhaka University, Benarashi Polli, Garments factories, Publication houses, Sonargaon, Dhamrai, and Savar . It also arranges overnight trips to Sylhet, Rajshahi, Rangamati and Bogra. Excusion sites vary from year to year based on the needs of the students.
A short list of the places:
Day Long Field Trip:
• Old Dhaka.
-Armenian Church, Ahsan Manzil, Lalbag Fort, Dhakeshwari Temple.
• Dhaka University.
• Shahid Minar- the Language Martyr’s Monument, Oparajeyo Bangla- a statue commemorating student activists of the University of Dhaka during the Liberation War, Jagannath Student Hall and the mass graveyard of 1971 genocide, national poet KaziNazrul Islam’s tomb, Bangla Academy, Institute of Fine Arts.
• Liberation War Museum , Martyred Intellectuals Memorial
• Benaroshi Polli at Mirpur
• Traditional craft workshop in Dhamrai & Baliyati Palace.
• Sonargaon, Panam City and Goaldi Mosque.
Overnight Field Trip:
• Sreemangal & Sylhet
– Tribal Village/Community visit (Garo, Monipuri, Khashia, Tipra), Lawachara National Park, Neel Kontho Tea Cabin, Mopnipuri Handicraft store, Hindu Temple, Bangladesh Tea Research Institute, Boat ride at Hail Haor. Jaflong, Lalakhal,
– Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine, Khadim Nagar Tea Estate
• Bogra and Paharpur
– Mahasthangar, Gokul Medh, Paharpur Buddhist Monestry,
• Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Nator & Tangail.
NGO / Organization Visit
As part of the field class students visit different NGO’s and organizations working in a variety of fields such as education , public health, agriculture etc.
The list of organizations previously visited: PROSHIKA, JAAGO, CRP, UBINIG etc.
JAAGO: JAAGO is a non-government youth initiative, which provides education and other facilities to the disadvantaged children of slums in several locations in the city. They provide English medium education to the poor children of different slum areas completely free of cost. They have four schools in different parts of the city where 1400 students get education, food, school uniform, health care facilities, and some other support for their families. To collect the money to support the children, they follow “Sponsor a Child” method by which people from the country or abroad sponsor the students. www.jaago.com.bd/
UBINIG: UBINIG center in Krishnapur village in the district of Tangail. UBINIG is a policy and action research organization in Bangladesh, formed in 1984 by a group of activists to find alternative solutions to development. One of their biggest movements, known as the “Noya Krishi Andolon” or the new agriculture movement, promotes local seeds in agriculture and seed saving practices to maintain biodiversity.
Professionals from different backgrounds are requested to come and deliver lectures on a variety of topics to give the students an idea about different aspects of Bangladesh.
People from different walks of life are asked to come and sit for an interview where students would ask them questions in Bangla and get to know them better. Previously students have interviewed singers, cleaners, madrasah students, NGO professionals, religious minorities, transgender individuals etc.
Besides doing cultural excursions students are also involved in different aspects of Bangladeshi culture such as singing, dancing, cooking, wearing traditional cloths, playing local games etc. After experiencing different cultural immersion activities they are given an opportunity to demonstrate their cultural skills in a talent show organized in the end of the semester.
Here’s a list of the activities they are encouraged to take part in:
Carom& Local games