SOAS University of London

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

Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG)

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2017/2018
Taught in:
Full Year



Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of a course, a student should be able to demonstrate. . .

  1. knowledge of the Tibetan script and Modern Standard Tibetan pronunciation
  2. good command of basic Tibetan grammatical patterns both modern and classical
  3. ability to have basic interactions in Modern Standard Tibetan (greetings,  introductions, asking the way, etc.)
  4. ability to read basic Tibetan texts both modern and classical
  5. ability to use a Tibetan dictionary


This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 8 hours classroom contact per week in language classes. 

Scope and syllabus

At the end of the course, the student should be able to read elementary modern and classical texts with guidance from the instructor and hold a simple conversation in Tibetan and function adequately in standard social situations requiring the use of Tibetan.

Method of assessment

Two three-hour written examination taken in May/June (50% [25% each]); one 15 minute oral examination (20%); a test at the end of term 1 (15%); a test at the end of term 2 (15%).


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