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Advanced Western Armenian

Dates

Advanced Western Armenian starts on Monday 5 June 2017 and ends on Thursday 29 June 2017. This course consists of five and a quarter hours of teaching time per day, from Monday to Friday. The total teaching hours are 100.

Course description

This course is designed to consolidate the language acquired through the elementary and intermediate courses. It also takes students to the next, more challenging level of language knowledge. This course consists of four phases:

Phase one

This phase revises the grammar of Elementary Western Armenian and Intermediate Western Armenian, including:

  • conjugating present and future tenses, including irregular verbs;
  • the plurals of nouns; definite and indefinite articles;
  • demonstrative and possessive adjectives and pronouns;
  • different types of declension;
  • the formation of words with prefixes, suffixes and of compound nouns;
  • broadening vocabulary, as well as speaking and listening tasks.

Phase two

Students will broaden their knowledge of Western Armenian grammar by:

  • contrasting the use of the simple past and imperfect past;
  • studying the continuous imperfect past and imperfect future tenses;
  • encountering a new set of prefixes and suffixes;
  • and developing a bank of idiomatic expressions.

Phase three

This phase concentrates on two areas:

  • phrases that facilitate discursive conversation and expression of opinion;
  • and etymology as a tool for understanding vocabulary and grammar at a deeper level

Phase four

This phase finalises the circle of language acquisition by reviewing vocabulary, grammar and sentence structures from the elementary, intermediate and advanced courses. Through a series of reading, writing, listening and speaking exercises on a variety of contemporary themes, students will synthesise everything have learnt to date and communicate confidently in the language.

All grammatical explanations will be consolidated with numerous exercises. In all phases students will build and broaden their basic knowledge of vocabulary, and they will be exposed to reasonably challenging texts. Students also will be asked to write very short essays on variety of topics. The completion of this curriculum is contingent upon students and their classroom performance.

Result

At the end of this course, students should be able to express reasonably sophisticated ideas, wishes, and thoughts on a variety of topics. They should be able to engage in conversations with native speakers on most topics relating to daily life, to write sentences of reasonable complexity on the same themes and to read the kind of texts available in newspapers, etc.