Courses

TLAN 104: Colloquial Tibetan II

This course is a continuation of Colloquial Tibetan I. The aim of the course is for students to develop confidence in simple colloquial dialogue. More complicated sentence structures and further vocabulary are introduced and students engage in role-playing to further develop their skills in basic communication. As in Tibetan I, students have access to native Tibetan speakers with whom they can practice conversation.

TLAN 203: Colloquial Tibetan III

The aim of this course is to bring students to the point where they are able to communicate comfortably in spoken Tibetan. A wide variety of techniques are employed to ensure that students are able to understand more complicated sentence structures and express complex ideas. The use of honorific language is explained in detail, and there is a thorough review of the grammar of spoken Tibetan.

TLAN 204: Colloquial Tibetan IV

This course further develops the skills acquired in Colloquial Tibetan III, while preparing students for the more advanced classes in Tibetan language. Students are introduced to the various forms of spoken Tibetan, such as regional variants. In acquainting students with a wide range of topics related to popular Tibetan culture, they develop their vocabulary and general speaking proficiency. Homework includes translation and composition exercises, and preparing short talks and presentations.

TLAN 303: Colloquial Tibetan V

The aim of this course is to refine the students’ ability to communicate clearly and correctly in Colloquial Tibetan and to augment their understanding of the language by drawing links between colloquial usages and classical grammar. This course also further emphasizes the correct and natural use of honorific language. The first section of the semester is devoted to reviewing and refining knowledge from previous courses and to teaching a traditional presentation of the grammar of Classical Tibetan as it is related to the colloquial language.

TLAN 304: Colloquial Tibetan VI

This course further develops skills learned in Colloquial Tibetan V and emphasizes students’ ability to communicate clearly in both oral and written Tibetan. Emphasis is placed on speaking and writing fluently and naturally. In this semester students continue to read material that bridges the gap between classical and colloquial language, with added emphasis on Buddhist vocabulary. Class discussions and presentations in which students must demonstrate fluency and comfort with the spoken language comprise a large part of the class.

ELAN 101: Academic English and Advanced Study Methods

This course provides preparation for higher academic studies by offering an intensive program of English language writing and oral presentation skills, research methods, critical thinking and theory of knowledge. The English part of the program is aimed at enhancing students’ knowledge and understanding of academic paper writing conventions, as well as improving oral presentation and debating skills.

ELAN 102: Academic English I

This course provides students with the opportunity to improve their written and spoken English in the context of the academic study of Buddhism. Students will further their studies in grammar, vocabulary, syntax, punctuation, and spelling. They will develop the ability to use spoken and written English with precision, clarity and grammatical correctness in order to communicate their ideas effectively to others in research papers, essays, response papers, and oral presentations.

ELAN 103: Academic English II

This course builds on the skills learned in ELAN 101 and introduces students to the English language as used in the context of academic study in the humanities. The ability of students to fully understand what they listen to and read in the English medium as well as to express themselves clearly in speech and in writing are critical factors in the success of their degree study. This course provides the opportunity for students who are not native-English speakers to develop competence and confidence in academic reading, writing and speaking.

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