Tibetan Language Program
The Tibetan language records and transmits one of the world’s great civilizations, bridging South and East Asia. Tibetan once served as a lingua franca as well as a clerical and diplomatic language for much of central Eurasia, from the Mongol Dzungar region in today’s Xinjiang through Mongolia, north and west into Russia, east into Manchuria, and south into the parts of what is today India, Nepal and Bhutan. Modern literary Tibetan is still very conservative in its grammar, such that a non-specialist can read texts going back as far as the 12th century and even beyond, and Tibetan is spoken now in a region the size of western Europe, by over six million people. Studying modern Tibetan will give you access to the rich culture (religion, literature, music, dance, arts and medicine) and environment of the Tibetan plateau.
FIRST YEAR MODERN COLLOQUIAL TIBETAN I & II
Instructor: Sonam Tsering. This is an introductory course and no previous knowledge is required. It focuses on developing basic abilities to speak as well as to read and write in modern Tibetan, Lhasa dialect. Students are also introduced to modern Tibetan studies through selected readings and guest lectures.
SECOND YEAR MODERN COLLOQUIAL TIBETAN I & II
Instructor: Sonam Tsering. For those whose knowledge is equivalent to a student who’s completed the First Year course. The course focuses on the further development of their skills in using the language to engage with practical topics and situations, such as seeing a doctor, reading news, writing letters, and listening to music.
THIRD YEAR MODERN COLLOQUIAL TIBETAN I & II
Instructor: Sonam Tsering. For those whose knowledge is equivalent to a student who’s completed the Second Year course. The course develops students’ reading comprehension skills through reading selected modern Tibetan literature. Tibetan is used as the medium of instruction and interaction to develop oral fluency and proficiency.