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Elementary Western Armenian

Dates

Elementary Western Armenian starts on Monday 3 July 2017 and ends on Thursday 27 July 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

Elementary Western Armenian is designed for beginners. It will provide students with the essential tools for using language. This course covers the four main areas of language acquisition: reading, writing, speaking and listening. It lays the foundations of language by teaching at a slow but steady pace the basics of Western Armenian. The course consists of four phases:

Phase one

Students will become familiar with:

  • the Armenian script (lower and upper cases, handwritten and printed versions);
  • pronunciation, coupled with reading;
  • use of the verbs ‘to be’ and ‘to have’ (in the present and future tenses, in the interrogative, affirmative and negative);
  • basic grammar (such as plurals and definite and indefinite articles).

Phase two

In this phase students will acquire basic language knowledge of:

  • numbers, days of the week, months of the year;
  • countries, languages, citizens and their adjectives;
  • the use of ‘what’, ‘who’, ‘when’ and ‘where’ in questions with the verb ‘to be’;
  • the use of ‘there is / are’ in interrogative, affirmative and negative sentences;
  • greetings and giving one’s age.

Phase three

At this stage students will be exposed to more sophisticated grammatical structures, such as:

  • demonstrative and possessive adjectives and pronouns;
  • prepositions;
  • forming words with prefixes and suffixes;
  • auxiliary verbs such as ‘is / are needed’, ‘must’ and ‘need to’

Phase four

This phase covers:

  • the conjugation of verbs in present, present continuous and future tenses, including irregular verbs;
  • the declension of nouns and a basic knowledge of the function of cases;
  • the formation of compound nouns;
  • the composition of simple sentences.

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 basic texts. The completion of this curriculum is contingent upon students’ commitment and their classroom performance.

Result

At the end of this course, students should be able to express simple ideas, wishes, and thoughts on a variety of topics. They should be able to engage in simple conversations with native speakers, write simple sentences and read basic texts.