SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Elementary Georgian (PG)

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2016/2017
Unit value:
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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

  • knowledge and understanding of basic Georgian grammar
  • knowledge and understanding of essential Georgian vocabulary
  • knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Georgian structures and expressions in a given context
  • the ability to understand short passages in written Georgian
  • the ability to produce short passages in written Georgian
  • knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general in language-based scholarship and research (specific learning outcome for PG students)


This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 2 hours classroom contact per week in language classes. 10 research seminars to be taken within SOAS.  Attendance to be proven by signature from chair and to be submitted to the Associate Dean for Masters by the last day of term 2.

Scope and syllabus

The course provides an introduction to Georgian language with emphasis on practical written Georgian. The course covers phonetics and phonology (including ejective consonants), nominal cases and part of the notoriously demanding verbal morphology, including basic tense-aspect-mood distinctions. Communicative practice is established through learning language around dialogues dealing with a range of everyday situations.

A series of special PG lectures with associated seminars structured around the six themes Structure, Texts, Identity, Society, Translation and Transformation (provided for PG students studying different languages) introduces students to general questions of the role of language in language-based scholarship and research and provides them with the critical and methodological skills to relate their language acquisition to the thematic aspects of the studies.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (60%); a language learning portfolio consisting of a set of marked homework, short in-class tests, translation projects (30%); two end-of-term tests (10%).

Suggested reading

  • G. Hewitt ‘Georgian: a learner’s grammar’, lessons 1-12


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