This course is intended for English speakers who wish to learn the modern spoken form of the Eastern Armenian language for daily use. A wide range of printed and audiovisual materials will be used during classes. The course is designed to improve learners’ everyday language needs and communication skills, as well as to enhance writing and reading skills. The course is designed to give sufficient proficiency in Eastern Armenian language and cultural awareness to cope with simple everyday situations, routine social conversations and the basic working environment. Students will be introduced to the main characteristics of Armenian language, grammar, alphabet, stress and pronunciation. They will be able to form simple sentences, read and comprehend simple texts and hold elementary conversations. The course has been designed for a wide audience. The provided materials are designed to simplify language acquisition. Students will master pronunciation, reading and writing, and will be actively engaged in speaking. Elementary grammar will be introduced with charts and exercises.
Learning outcomes: Upon completing the course, participants will:
- Be able to recognize the characters (cursive and printed) of the Armenian alphabet. Acquire reading, writing, listening and pronunciation skills. Be able to listen and comprehend spoken words, word combinations, and simple conversations.
- Have knowledge of basic morphology and word building.
- Have basic conversational, survival and communication skills (including, for example, appropriate cultural responses, such as introductions), and essential vocabulary (including food, shopping, dining out, transportation, directions, numbers, dates and times). Be able to describe surroundings, express basic opinions and feelings, understand and explain everyday aspects of one’s environment. Be able to interact in face-to-face conversation. Be able to ask someone to repeat, explain and elaborate.
- Be able to use the personal pronouns. Be able to communicate with past, present and future tenses. Be able to issue some commands and make suggestions.
- Be able to express possession. Be able to translate some prepositional phrases from English to Armenian (where they may be expressed by prepositions, postpositions, or noun endings).
- Understand cultural subtleties associated with the Armenian language. Learn to “think in Armenian.”
Prerequisite: No past knowledge of the Armenian language is required for this course.
Grading: Students’ performance will be evaluated based upon total points accumulated throughout the oral midterm exam, written test and final exam.
Duration: 54 hours, 3 months
Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays, 18:30-20:30
About the instructor: Ms. Anahit Avetisyan, has a great deal of professional experience in teaching Eastern Armenian at all levels to students from throughout the world. She is a professor of Eastern Armenian language studies at Yerevan State Medical University, is teaching Eastern Armenian at American University of Armenia Extension and has tutored many foreign professionals and Diaspora Armenians at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels. She has a degree in Armenian Philology from Yerevan State University, and is the author of one of the principal books used in Eastern Armenian language instruction today, the critically acclaimed “Eastern Armenian Comprehensive Self-Study language course,” first published in 2008.
Enrollment: To enroll in AUA Extension courses, please go through the following steps (see below for the Armenian version):
- Visit im.aua.am.
- Create an account by clicking New User Registration.
- If you are not a new user and already have an AUA account (having previously taken the AUA e-Math Test or applied to AUA), you should log into the account that you had created at that time.
- If you just registered as a new user, you will get an email asking to activate your account.
- Now, for registering to take a course, choose the Extension tab, then Extension Applications, and apply for the course(s) you choose.
- After you register online, your application will be reviewed and you will receive an email acknowledging your application.
- Closer to the course start date, you will receive another email confirming your enrollment, requesting that you make payment before the course start date. The fee can be paid online via credit card or through the EasyPay terminal (located at the entrance to AUA). Alternatively, you may pay the fee via bank transfer to American University of Armenia Fund, account 001-006402-001, HSBC Bank Armenia, indicating your full name (as in the registration) and the course you are paying for.
- The completed application together with the record of payment completes your enrollment.