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Beginners Western Armenian
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Students will be introduced to the Armenian alphabet and will learn to read and write in Western Armenian. With limited vocabulary, students will be able to form sentences in the affirmative and negative forms and learn basic conjugation of regular verbs in the present, past and future tense. Students will be taught to construct small sentences and hold small conversations. At the end of the course, students will be challenged with some reading and comprehension exercises. The provided illustrations simplify language acquisition and are highly important for the learning process.

Terms Offered

Term

Enrollment

Classes

Winter 2024

December 8 (Friday) - December 23 (Sunday) 2023

January 8 (Monday) - March 12 (Tuesday)

Spring 2024

March 8 (Friday) – March 23 (Sunday)

April 1 (Monday) – June 4 (Tuesday)

Summer 2024

June 7 (Friday) – June 22 (Sunday)

July 1 (Monday) – September 3 (Tuesday)

Fall 2024

September 6 (Friday) -September 21 (Sunday)

October 7 (Monday) – December 10 (Tuesday)

Hourly Breakdown of the Required Participation

  • Audio–visual and text-based resources - 1-2 hours
  • Discussions, individual and collaborative activities - 2-3 hours
  • Quizzes, assignments, summative activities - 2-3 hours
  • Expected commitment per week - 5-8 hours

Participants Will

  • Exchange posts with their peers and interact using discussion – forums, chats/messages, audio/video conferencing;
  • Review and discuss online and text-based resources;
  • Work individually using a spectrum of online tools.

Topics Covered

  • Sound-letter-word, thematic words, word combinations, communicative expressions, vowels and consonants, sentences, pronouns, ‘to be’ verb in present tense, dialogues, vocabulary;
  • Sound-letter-word, thematic words, word combinations, communicative expressions, vowels and consonants, sentences, number of nouns, present tense, dialogues, vocabulary;
  • Sound-letter-word, thematic words, word combinations, communicative expressions, sentences, spelling of words, dialogues, vocabulary;
  • Sound-letter-word, thematic words, word combinations, communicative expressions, sentences, possessive pronouns, articles, dialogues, vocabulary;
  • Sound-letter-word, thematic words, word combinations, communicative expressions, sentences, past tense, numbers, dialogues, vocabulary;
  • Sound-letter-word, thematic words, word combinations, communicative expressions, sentences, demonstrative pronouns dialogues, vocabulary;
  • Sound-letter-word, thematic words, word combinations, communicative expressions, sentences, adjectives, dialogues, vocabulary;
  • Sound-letter-word, thematic words, word combinations, communicative expressions, sentences, spelling, future tense dialogues, vocabulary.

What Will I Learn

Upon completion of the course, students will know all letters of the Armenian alphabet and their sounds. They will be able to understand, and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases, introduce themselves and others, as well as ask and answer questions about personal details.

Course Schedule

In case of selecting the regular program, one lesson will be covered in a week, and the course will be completed in 9 weeks, including the orientation week. In the case of selecting the slow-mode program, one lesson will be covered in two weeks, and the course will be completed in 16 weeks, including the orientation week.

Week 0

Orientation Week Students become familiar with the course settings and requirements, complete their profile, introduce themselves to one another, participate in introductory discussion forum and e-meeting, as well as identify the time zone in which they are working.

Weeks 1-8

Lessons 1-8
Quizzes and exercises

Weeks 1-16

Lessons 1-16
Quizzes and exercises in Slow Mode courses

Week 4

Midterm Exam

Week 8

Midterm exam in Slow Mode courses

Week 8

Final Exam

Week 16

Final Exam in Slow Mode courses 

Course Requirements & 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

Student performance will be evaluated based upon total points accumulated throughout the term 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

Teacher

teacher
Ani Dekirmenchyan

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 method, as well as the top-down method. 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 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.

Course Sources

  • Arakelian K. «Դիւրուն Հայերէն 1,2,3»[Easy Armenian Language 1,2,3] . (Beirut, 2007).
  • Cholakyan H. «Արեւմտահայերէնի քերականութիւն. կանոնակարգ եւ խնդիրներ» Ա. եւ Բ. գիրք, [Western Armenian Grammar], 1, 2 volumes, (Երեւան, 2017)
  • Hilda Galfaian-Panosian «Արեւմտահայ Գրական Լեզուի Ուսումնական Ձեռնարկ» [Literary Western Teaching Handbook 1,2,3].(Yerevan, 2009).
  • Melkonian Z. «Գործնական Քերականութիւն Արդի Հայերէն Լեզուի» [Practical Grammar Modern Armenian Language]. (Beirut, 1981).
  • Tonekian K. «Հայոց Լեզուի Նոր Բառարան» [New Armenian Dictionary]. (Beirut, 1992).