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 are encouraged to join the 4 to 8 week course. Short-term volunteers will probably find a 2-4 week course effective. We also offer 2 week long full time courses. 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.

Approach

VSN’s experienced professional tutors have a learner- centered approach. Tuition takes place in a comfortable, friendly and relaxed environment at place and times which is convenient for the 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 or three 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.

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.

Fees

For one person VSN offers a fee of 15 euro per 2 hour class and a 50 euro administration fee.

For two or more persons VSN offers a fee of 10 euro per 2 hour class and a 50 euro administration fee per person.

Examples of morning or afternoon only courses are:
Private Tutoring

Duration Total No. of Class Amount
1 Week 5 Classes 75 Euro
2 Weeks 10 Classes 150 Euro
4 Weeks 20 Classes 300 Euro
8 Weeks 40 Classes 600 Euro

Group Tutoring

Duration Total No. of Class Amount
1 Week 5 Classes 50 Euro
2 Weeks 10 Classes 100 Euro
4 Weeks 20 Classes 200 Euro
8 Weeks 40 Classes 400 Euro

Example of full-time day courses are:
Private Tutoring

Duration Total No. of Class Amount
2 Weeks 20 Classes 300 Euro
4 Weeks 40 Classes 600 Euro

Group Tutoring

Duration Total No. of Class Amount
2 Weeks 20 Classes 200 Euro
4 Weeks 40 Classes 400 Euro

According to these calculations we can completely customize your language learning experience to suit your needs.

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. Cross cultural orientation classes have the same fee structure as language classes. We recommend people to take a combination of language and culture in their first and second week in Nepal (depending on the amount of time he/she stays).

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

For more details and a customized program, contact us at contact@volunteersocietynepal.org