Beginners Western Armenian
Available in English, French, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Eastern Armenian
info Student Type

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




Winter 2023

December 2 (Friday) - December 18 (Sunday) 2022

January 9 (Monday) - March 14 (Tuesday)

Spring 2023

March 10 (Friday) – March 26 (Sunday)

April 10 (Monday) – June 13 (Tuesday)

Summer 2023

June 9 (Friday) – June 25 (Sunday)

July 10 (Monday) – September 12 (Tuesday)

Fall 2023

September 8 (Friday) -September 24 (Sunday)

October 10 (Monday) – December 12 (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

Participats 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.

Topics Covered

  • Sound-letter-word, thematic words, word combinations, communicative expressions;
  • Sound-letter-word, Orthoepy, thematic words, word combinations, communicative expressions;
  • Sound-letter-word, Orthoepy thematic words, word combinations, communicative expressions;
  • The Armenian alphabet, vowels, and consonants, personal pronoun, auxiliary verbs, words, dialogue;
  • Words, singular, and plural, numbers, verbs, numeral phrases, characteristic phrases, dialogue;
  • Words, adverbs of time, sentences expressing question and answer, sentences of objects, verb conjugation, dialogue;
  • Words, verb conjugation, sentences expressing question and answer, sentences with adverbs, dialogue;
  • Words, verb conjugation, prepositions, sentences, dialogue.

What Will I Learn

Upon completion of the course, students will know all letters of the Armenian alphabet, as well as combine letters with their corresponding sounds. They will be able to understand, read, write and pronounce many words and form some simple sentences. Students will be able to conjugate verbs and will know how to form the plural form of nouns.

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 Student Manual, complete their profile, introduce themselves to one another, participate in the 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.

Week 1-8

Lessons 1-8 (Quizzes and exercises)

Week 4

Midterm Exam

Week 8

Final Exam

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


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

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