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South Asia Department

Sinhala Language 2

Course Code:
Course Not Running 2015/2016
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Taught in:
Full Year
The course aims to develop students’ linguistic skills through grammar work, translation, prose composition, and conversation. Previous knowledge of the language, whether acquired through a ‘Language 1’ course or elsewhere, is consolidated and developed by further class work on linguistic structures, sentence construction, drilling and conversation; students are introduced to a wide range of language use in diverse materials from contexts such as journalism, literature (e.g. short stories), play readings, recorded conversations, personal correspondence and so forth. Regular homework tasks reinforce the class learning, encouraging students to write with accuracy and confidence, and to read with increasing fluency; detailed marking of homework ensures that any individual problems or weaknesses can be addressed in a very direct manner.


Sinhala Language 1 or equivalent

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate…
1. knowledge and understanding of intermediate Sinhala grammar
2. knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Sinhala vocabulary
3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Sinhala structures and expressions in a given context
4. the ability to understand passages in written Sinhala of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
5. the ability to produce passages in written Sinhala of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
6. the ability to understand spoken Sinhala and to engage in spoken discourse of medium complexity on everyday and some specialised topics


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written exam (60%) and an oral exam (20%) taken in May/June. Two written tests in week 2 of Term 2 and the week after Reading Week in Term 2, counting for 10% each. These tests will be on vocabulary acquisition, comprehension or specific language structures and will be agreed in class beforehand. 20% of total mark (10% each).

Suggested reading

A reading list for this course will be given to students at the beginning of the course.