SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

Intermediate Modern Tibetan

Module Code:
Year of study:
Year 2
Taught in:
Full Year
This module builds on the foundations of the module in Elementary Modern Tibetan. It exercises all four skills. As with Elementary Modern Tibetan, students converse and practise the use of various grammatical constructions. Intermediate Modern Tibetan further introduces students to modern Tibetan literature and the modern novel.


Elementary Modern Tibetan

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

By the end of the module, students should be comfortable conversing in Tibetan and should be able to read passages from modern Tibetan literature.


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

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination in May/June (50%); one oral examination to be taken in May/June (30%); homework (10%); 2 mid term tests (5%); 2 end of term tests (5%).

Suggested reading

  • Lempert, M. A. 1996. Tibetan Newspaper Reader. Kensington: Dunwoody Press. 
  • Dpal ‘byor. 1985. Gtsug g.yu. Lhasa: Bod ljongs mi dmangs dpe skrun khang.


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