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Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

Tibetan Linguistics and Language Pedagogy

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Course Not Running 2014/2015
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Term 1

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate an ability to linguistically analyze phonetic, morphological, syntactic, and semantic features of Tibetan relevant to second language acquisition. Students should also show an ability to pursue independent research in these areas. Equally important, students should demonstrate significant improvement in communication based teaching.   


This course is taught over 22 weeks with 1 hour spent in class each week.  There will also be 2 hours of teaching observation each week with 2-3 hours supervised teaching practice over each term.

Scope and syllabus

The course will provide the language specific component to a Tibetan pathway in the M.A. in Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy. The goals include a basic familiarity with literature on Tibetan linguistics as is relevant for language teaching, and guided practice teaching Tibetan with a view to implementing insights from this course and the other courses of the language pedagogy programme. Stress will be placed on those structural elements (such as tone, ergativity, and epistemic moods) which cause problems for second language learners. The focus of the course will be Modern Standard Tibetan, but some attention will be given to other dialects and the literary register.  

Method of assessment

One essay of 2,000 words to be submitted on day 1, week 8, term 1 (30%); one essay of 2,000 words to be submitted on day 1, week 7, term 2 (30%); classroom participation and response papers (10%); evaluation of lesson planning and supervised teaching (30%).