Nepali Language Training Course

Many aid workers, expatriate communities and volunteers come to Nepal to serve local people and need to learn about Nepali language, culture and society. Volunteer Society offers Nepali language and cultural training to help expatriate volunteers and research students to learn about Nepali and other indigenous Languages, and about Nepali Culture and Society. Volunteer Society Nepal has highly qualified and experienced tutors and up-to- date learning materials. The tutors have had many years’ experience teaching expatriates for the United Mission to Nepal (UMN), the International Nepal Fellowship (INF) and the Nepal Leprosy Trust (NLT) and teaching American university students.

Objectives

We aim to enable learners to achieve proficiency in their target language, and to understand local culture, enabling them to communicate effectively. The center will allocate the most appropriate tutors, curricula, resources and learning opportunities for each learner. The center is open to members of international organizations, college students, researchers and others.

Language Courses

We offer both long and short language training courses. People planning to live in Nepal long- term ( two years or more) are encouraged to join the 4-5 month basic Courses. Short-term volunteers will probably find the 1-2 month course sufficient. Students on package courses attend 20 hours of classes per week. However, customized courses can be arranged according to individual needs and length of stay in Nepal. The VSN courses are ideal for anyone whose work or personal circumstances make it difficult to attend scheduled courses. Full- and part –time courses are available in Nepali and Hindi. Newari, Tibetan and Gurung at beginner’s intermediate and advanced levels. Instruction in specialist terminology areas such as medicine, community development, community health development, community health is available for intermediate and advanced students.

Approach

VSN’s experienced professional tutors have a learner- centered approach. Tuition takes place in a comfortable, friendly and relaxed environment at times which is convenient for learners. VSN has its own course books and modules, enabling learners to meet short- or long-term goals. VSN Nepal guarantees the learner will be more confident with the new language after just a few days of lessons.

Orientation Course

VSN provides cultural orientation with lectures, discussions, videos, fieldwork and visits. The orientation course focuses on Nepali culture, history, religion, festivals, society, politics and daily life. Learners are advised on how to adjust to life in Nepal everything from basic shopping to complex staff management.

Class Size
Class size is generally limited to two in the Basic Course. Each learner is given equal opportunity to learn and practice.If someone has a special learning preference or difficulty, individual Classes can be arranged. Additional Classes can be arranged for those who prefer to learn at a slower pace. Orientation and script classes are conducted in groups.

Training of Trainers
VSN organizes all training for its staff; ensuring tutors are well versed in the latest teaching approaches and methodologies and enhancing their teaching skills.

Accommodation
VSN arranges accommodation for students in a comfortable guest house close to the Language Centre. The guest house serves a variety of high- quality Nepali and Western food and provides excellent value for money. The environment is perfectly suitable for foreigners where they can fell secured.

Home stays
VSN arranges accommodation with Nepali families living near to the Centre, for students wanting to experience life in a typical household. This provides an excellent opportunity to practice language and to get to know local culture first – hand.

Teaching Methodology
VSN uses Strategies- Based Instruction (SBI), a learner-focused approach to teaching which emphasizes explicit and implicit integration of language learning and use strategies in the language classroom. The underlying premise of the strategies-based approach is that learners are given the opportunity to understand not only WHAT they can learn and use the language they are studying more effectively and efficiently.
The initial language program is designed to assist learners to communicate effectively in the target language. The course is taught in English and Nepali and includes coverage of the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and a balance between communicative activities, structure practice and grammar appropriate to context. VSN’s methodology and courses expose the learner to real- life dialogue in real-life situations from the earliest stage. This helps to sustain the learner’s interest and to teach language which can be used immediately.

Learning Preferences, Styles and Strategies
We believe that each individual learner has his or her own learning styles and preferences. Individual’s dominant learning styles and preferences have a great impact in learning the language. Learning is more effective when learners find things out for themselves, so VSN encourages and helps learners to develop their own strategies based on their own learning styles. At the beginning of the course, learners are introduced to the concept of learning preferences and styles and their in the learning process. They are then given guidelines on various strategies of language and cultural learning suitable for their own learning styles and preferences. This helps learners to acquire and use language more effectively.

Course Materials
The core textbook for the basic course is the introductory Nepali Course written by Dinesh and Rekha Rajbhanari, which is accompanied by CDs the curriculum is applied flexibly to meet individual needs and assist each person to reach his or her language learning potential.
VSN uses the following text books and modules for intermediate- and advanced-level students:
The Nepali Reader- A comprehensive textbook

Professional Modules

  • Medical
  • Business
  • Community health
  • Community development
  • Daily Life
  • House-keeping
  • Religious
  • Culture, tribes & festival

 

Cross- Cultural Orientation
It is in the interests of expatriates who come to Nepal to serve local people not only to learn the Nepali language but also to learn about Nepal’s culture, people, customs and institutions. VSN organizes cross- cultural orientation sessions which enable learners to adjust to life in Nepal. The orientation sessions are held for one hour daily at 9am.

The orientation course includes:

  • Sessions on Nepali culture, religion, history,
  • People, politics, daily life, festivals etc.
  • Security issues
  • Health and safety
  • Life and work

 

The orientation course is done through:

  • Lectures
  • Discussions
  • Visits
  • Practical Assignments and Feedback
  • A handbook & workbook
  • A project

For detail, please contact us at contact@volunteersocietynepal.org