This course builds upon the knowledge and skills taught in the Elementary Eastern Armenian course. It is designed for students who already have a basic understanding of the language. The main goal of the course is to help students advance their knowledge of Eastern Armenian from the basic to the intermediate level. Students will continue to improve their speaking, writing, reading and listening comprehension skills. They will further strengthen their knowledge of Eastern Armenian with the help of various exercises, sustained monologues, compositions, social conversations and group discussions. Students will advance their knowledge of Armenian grammar to include all principally used verb conjugations and noun cases. A wide range of audio-video recordings will be included as part of the lessons.
Learning outcomes: Upon completing the course, participants will acquire:
- Improved writing and reading ability, and more advanced conversational skills. Students will gain more understanding of the synthetic nature of the Armenian language, including etymology and lexicology, word formation, prefixes and suffixes, homonyms, synonyms and antonyms, etc.
- Comprehension and formulation of more complex sentences, including all commonly used verb tenses and noun cases. Students will use Armenian word endings with fluency.
- An introduction to formal writing and reading, including correspondence, e-mail, basic newspaper articles, etc. Students will understand the main points of clear prose on familiar matters regularly encountered in various domains of everyday life.
- They will be able to describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. They will gain flexibility in self-expression, and correct cultural and linguistic etiquette. They will acquire the ability to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes possible regular communication with native speakers.
- Some understanding of the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their fields of specialization.
Dates: March 1 – June 7
Duration: 54 hours of instruction
Fee: AMD 80, 000
Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 18:30 – 20:30
Prerequisite: An Armenian placement test (oral and written) is required for students who have not attended the course in Elementary Armenian.
Grading: Students’ performance will be evaluated based upon total points accumulated throughout the oral midterm exam, written test and final exam.
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, go to the Open Education tab, choose Extension, 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 the 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.