After organizing 3 Armenian Studies Summer Schools in Armenia ARMACAD is now pleased to announce its first International Armenian Language Winter School in Yerevan, Armenia to take place from December 05, 2016 to December 16, 2016.
This 12 days’ summer school offers participants to master skills in written and oral modern Armenian, reading and interpreting Armenian texts from different periods as well as rapidly deepening their knowledge in colloquial Armenian.
The program will be launched in Yerevan on December 05 and will continue till December 16, with only 1 free day on December 11.
This school is designed for students, at least 18 years-old, who want to make well-grounded progress in their knowledge of the Eastern Armenian language, deepen their knowledge of Armenian Grammar, colloquial speech and literary language. It offers an intensive Armenian language course spanning 50 hours, divided into 11 days of instruction and focusing on grammar, reading, speaking, and writing.
ARMACAD Armenian language winter school is open to anyone with upper elementary knowledge of the Armenian language. The Armenian language classes are organized with the academic interests of the participants in mind to ensure that BA, MA, PhD students as well as post-docs and professors can benefit from it.
Our teacher of Armenian is a native speaker who has several years’ experience in teaching Armenian as a foreign language in Armenia and abroad.
ARMACAD Armenian Studies Summer School 2016 had 4 participants from Australia, Japan, Germany and UK.
Below you will find their testimonials about Armenian language instruction.
I can honestly say that the ARMACAD language classes were among the best I have ever attended.
As a PhD student of history and religious studies who did only have some basic training in Grabar, the three weeks of the ARMACAD language classes provided the perfect opportunity to acquire a profound insight into Modern Eastern Armenian. Even though I started from zero (with regard to Modern Eastern Armenian), I am now, after the summer school, able to fluidly read simple texts in Modern Eastern Armenian, express myself in basic situations of everyday life, and most important: I have obtained the skills to keep working on Modern Eastern Armenian myself as well as to attend advanced courses of Modern Eastern Armenian in my home university.
In sum, the ARMACAD language classes do not only provide the perfect conditions for those who do already have a certain level of Modern Eastern Armenian, but do also enable people who have just started learning the language to advance very quickly.
Therefore, I would like to encourage everyone (beginners as well as advanced learners) who is interested in Modern Eastern Armenian to attend the ARMACAD language classes.
PhD candidate and Research Assistant, Center for Religious Studies (CERES),
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
In this three-week summer school, the language lessons took up most of the first week, morning and afternoons, and the mornings in the second and third week.
Sona, our teacher, gave us a very thorough tour through the rules of the Armenian language, with lots of diversions to supply interesting vocabulary, use of songs and encouragement to get us speaking. She is an excellent teacher and presented the material very well.
As there were four of us at different levels of knowledge, I’m not sure that everyone got the maximum out of the course. I think those who already had a knowledge of grammar and a bit of vocabulary could have spent more time in active conversation and oral exercises to reinforce and make usable what had already been learned, rather than revising what can be read in textbooks. However, Sona happily provided extra conversation time and tried to cater for everyone’s needs.
I think the real gems we received were Sona’s diversions along the way of learning grammar: supplying vocabulary and expressions for whatever topic may have come up, insights into colloquial speech and also learning Armenian grammar in Armenian. My exercise books are packed with things that sometime I hope to find the time to really explore.
As a multi-language learner, the Armenian language classes in ARMACAD were the best of the classes I have taken so far.
In class we learned vocabulary and grammar, and practiced each of speaking, listening, writing and reading. The class consisted of both learners at intermediate level of Armenian and learners at elementary level, and everyone realized progress in their Armenian.
Personally during the program, I realized my Armenian was improving day by day. Also my Armenian teacher corrected my essays in Armenian every day, and this helped me a lot in writing.
After this program I enjoyed spending several days in Yerevan having conversations in Armenian with my Armenian friends and salesclerks.
Keio University, Faculty of Law, Department of Political Science,
The language tuition which I received from ARMACAD was of the absolute highest quality, and has increased my knowledge and abilities exponentially.
I had a thorough grounding in Armenian language and grammar before the classes, but over the three weeks I felt this being expanded and firmed up into a real ability to use this in day-to-day exchanges, as well as to read academic articles for my postgraduate studies.
Most impressively, despite the different starting levels the majority of tuition was done in Armenian from the beginning, taught in such a way that instructions and explanations were easy to follow, meaning that we all became quickly comfortable with listening to the language.
I’m enormously happy with the level to which the classes brought me, and would highly recommend ARMACAD to anyone wishing to rapidly increase their knowledge of Armenian in a short space of time.
PhD Candidate, University of Oxford, UK