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Course Name and Code
AL 312: Pre-Advanced Armenian (in English): 3 credits

Term
Spring Term 2014
April 21 to June 24

Hourly Breakdown of the Required Participation (Hours/week)

Audio – visual and text based resources 1 - 2 hours
Discussions 2 - 3 hours
Assignments 2 - 3 hours
Total expected commitment per week 5 - 8 hours

Participants will:

  • exchange posts with their peers and interact using discussion – forums, chats, Skype, audio/video conferencing;
  • review and discuss online and text based resources;
  • work individually using a spectrum of online tools.

Course Description and Objectives
The main goal of the course is to improve students’ knowledge of Eastern Armenian. Students will continue to improve their speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension skills through texts and dialogues. They will further strengthen their knowledge with the help of various exercises and assignments. Students will learn the use and formation of personal, demonstrative, collective, interrogative, relative, indefinite, definite and reflexive pronouns, as well as the derivative, causative and passive verbs. Students will become more comfortable with the use of nouns, adjectives and numerals.

Course Materials
No hardcopy texts are required. Selected online resources will be included as part of the lessons. Students are required to read/listen/view all material and complete all assignments.
The online resources are drawn from the publicly available professional language literature, academic curricula, recent publications in professional journals, and educational material used in schools. The Eastern Armenian course is based on the following method: to provide students with the opportunity to listen to the pronunciation of words and sentences and then to learn how to read and write correctly.

Bibliography

  • Abrahamyan A. Հայոց լեզու, բառ ու խոսք: [Armenian Language, Word and Speech]. (Yerevan, 1972).
  • Gyulamiryan J. Հայոց լեզվի տարրական ուսուցման մեթոդիկա: [Armenian Language. Teaching Methodology of Elementary Armenian]. (Yerevan, 2006).
  • Jahukyan G. Հայոցլեզու: [Armenian Language]. (Yerevan, 1978).
  • Kapinos V. I. Развитие речи. Теория и практика обучения. [The Development of Speech. Theory and Practice of Teaching]. (Moscow, 1991).
  • Savignon S. J., & Berns M. S. Communicative Language Teaching:Where Are We Going? Studies in Language Learning. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983).


Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course students will have an enhanced knowledge about the formation and use of verbs, pronouns, adjectives and numerals. Students will be competent in a variety of skills, including in their vocabulary and grammar necessary to initiate, engage in and negotiate meanings both, orally and in writing.

Topics covered

  • Words and expressions; dialogue; the number of noun; personal pronouns; text;
  • Words and expressions; dialogue; collective pronouns; demonstrative pronouns; text;
  • Words and expressions; dialogue; adjectives; interrogative pronouns; text;
  • Words and expressions; dialogue; numerals; relative pronouns; text;
  • Words and expressions; dialogue; verb formation; definite pronouns; text;
  • Words and expressions; dialogue; derivative words; interrogative pronouns; text;
  • Words and expressions; dialogue; causal verbs; negative pronouns; text;
  • Words and expressions; dialogue; passive verbs; reflective and the reciprocal pronouns text.

Teaching Methodology
The electronic resources have been designed for user-friendly access and comprehension by a broad audience. Activities and online discussions are supported by the illustration-writing, listening methods as well as the top-down method. The comparative teaching method is used to conduct the learning of the verbs and adjectives in order to make it easier as the lessons are not provided with translations. Individual and collaborative student assignments are designed to engage students in authentic research and sharing of information. Students will gain from the course in direct relationship to the contributions they make to their own learning.

Course Schedule
The course lasts for nine weeks, including the orientation week. Each week requires student commitment throughout at least five days.

Week 0 Orientation week:
Students become familiar with the Student Manual, complete the Learning Style questionnaire, complete their profile, introduce themselves to one another, participate in introductory discussion forum, and identify the time zone in which they are working.
Students will also familiarize and verify the technical compliance to all the communication and learning tools to be used during the course.
Weeks 1-8 Lessons 1-8
Quizzes and exercises
Week 4 Midterm exam
Week 8 Final Exam

 
Course Requirements and Grading
Students are required to actively participate in on-line discussions, forums and chats, to participate in individual and collaborative activities, and to meet deadlines for assignments. Students are required to be familiar and comply with academic policy of AVC.

Students’ performance will be evaluated based upon total points accumulated throughout the semester according to the following:
20% - participation
20% - assignments
30% - midterm exam
30% - final exam

Grades will be assigned by letters according to AVC Grading Policy.
 

Late Assignment Policy
You are expected to complete assignments in a reasonable period of time. This prevents you from getting too far behind in the course and allows the instructor to assign grades in a consistent manner. Late assignments will result in a 10% deduction in the grade for the assignment (if the assignment is submitted a week late from the deadline) unless the student receives prior approval from the instructor. Assignments submitted later than 2 weeks after the assigned deadline are accepted (feedback only) but are not graded. Exceptions to this policy are allowed only in unusual cases.

For enrollment, please complete your enrollment application.

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