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SOAS Language Centre

Introduction to Panjabi

A 10-week course aimed at those who wish to understand and to make themselves understood in everyday spoken Panjabi

Duration: 20 hours (2 hours per week for 10 weeks)

Overview

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Mode of Attendance: Part Time

This SOAS Language Centre course in Panjabi is designed to give participants a basic conversational ability in the language. The course takes the form of a series of situation contexts in which participants will be asked to understand what is taking place around them and to respond in comprehensible and clear Panjabi. Students will be introduced to the Gurmukhi script from the outset and encouraged to learn to read and write Panjabi alongside developing confidence in pronunciation and in oral comprehension skills.

Method

The course is taught in English and Panjabi. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow intensive practice.

Summary of course contents

• Introduction to Panjabi; greetings
• Asking about others; exploring number and gender
• Informal conversation; plural forms
• Talking about nationality; the present tense
• Further conversation; investigating nouns and adjectives
• Describing tastes and flavours; interrogatives
• Discussing work and home; prepositions
• Kinship and family; oblique forms and the present continuous tense
• Making requests; the imperative and the past continuous tense
• Interrogative and negative sentences

Continuing your study

Subject to student demand, the Language Centre may be able to offer an Introduction to Panjabi (Part 2) later in the academic year. The Gurmukhi script will continue to be used, and speaking and comprehension skills developed. Please keep an eye on the Language Centre website for further details as they become available.

Syllabus

Materials

Materials

The designated text for this course is as follows:

Kalra, S. S., Purewal , N. K. and Tyson-Ward, S. (2011) Complete Panjabi. London: Teach Yourself Books.

Course materials are not included in the course fee and can be purchased from the SOAS bookshop bookshop@soas.ac.uk.

You are advised not to purchase course materials until your course has been confirmed.

Timetable

The course is taught in a group with a maximum of 15 students. Classes will be held at the Bloomsbury or Kings Cross Campus of SOAS in central London. Participants receive 20 hours of tuition over a 10-week period (with additional weeks where public holidays displace a session).
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Language Centre How To Apply

You can enrol:

Not a complete beginner?

If you are not a complete beginner, you will need to complete an assessment for course placement, allowing us to decide which course is right for you.

To apply for an assessment please complete our Needs Analysis Form (pdf; 187kb) and send to the relevant email inbox where a Course Officer will contact you for scheduling.

Course Fees and Discounted Rates

An overview of our Short Course Fees and Discounted Rates.

If you are eligible for a discount, you will not be able to complete your transaction on the Online Store. You will need to bring a paper Application Form (pdf; 462kb) , including your Staff/Student card for us to make a copy of, after which we can process your application at the discounted rate.

Returning students

If you are a returning student, you will have received a letter informing you of the procedures for rejoining prior to the start of the registration period. You can pay using any method indicated above. Returning students, if they are continuing onto the course indicated as the progression course, do not need to be assessed.