Upper Intermediate Western Armenian
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The main goal of the course is to improve students’ knowledge of Western Armenian. Students will learn the use and formation of noun cases, as well as the formation and conjugation of Optative, Imperative, Subjunctive and Prohibitive Mood. At the end of the course, students will continue to improve their speaking, reading, writing and listening skills through texts and dialogues and will further straighten their knowledge through various exercises and assignments.

Terms Offered

Winter 2025December 6 (Friday) - December 22 (Sunday) 2024January 6 (Monday) - March 11 (Tuesday)
Spring 2025March 7 (Friday) – March 23 (Sunday)April 7 (Monday) – June 10 (Tuesday)
Summer 2025June 6 (Friday) – June 22 (Sunday)July 7 (Monday) – September 9 (Tuesday)
Fall 2025September 5 (Friday) -September 21 (Sunday)October 6 (Monday) – December 9 (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, Skype, audio/video conferencing;
  • Review and discuss online and text-based resources;
  • Work individually using a spectrum of online tools.

Topics Covered

  • Thematic words, nouns, adjectives, sentences with nouns and adjectives, dialogue;
  • Thematic words, nouns, interrogative pronouns, sentences with numerals and nouns, dialogue;
  • Thematic words, nouns, articles, possessive case, sentences with nouns and pronouns, text;
  • Thematic words, verbs, personal pronoun, sentences with verbs and pronouns, text;
  • Thematic words, nouns, adjectives, negative sentences, dialogues;
  • Thematic words, verbs, affirmative and negative conjugation of verb in present tense, sentences, text;
  •  Thematic words, verbs, affirmative and negative conjugation of verb in past tense, sentences with adverbs of time, text;
  • Thematic words, verbs, affirmative and negative conjugation of verb in future tense, Imperative Mood, sentences with conjunctions, text.

What Will I Learn

Upon completion of the course, students will have an enhanced knowledge about the formation and use of nouns and verbs. Students will be more 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.

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 with 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


Zepur Kheblikian

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.
The Western 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.

Course Sources

  • 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. «Հայոց լեզու» [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).