SOAS University of London

Tigrinya Listening Materials

Contact: Berhane Woldegabriel
Department: SOAS Language Centre

Overview

The project enabled the production of function-based listening materials with associated worksheets to provide practice for listening comprehension and production skills in everyday social situations. The materials also help in the reinforcement of recently taught vocabulary in a classroom situation.

Details

The aim was to make digital audio files of carefully prepared dialogues that could be used through different media as required by teachers, whether at SOAS or elsewhere. Worksheets were also prepared for each dialogue to enhance the learning experience and reinforce particular points in each dialogue. The dialogues will grow in complexity forming a progressive series.

Rationale

The few available Tigrinya texts were mainly produced in the 1980s and not only are they outdated, but they were also designed by the then two main political organisations in Eritrea in order to teach literacy skills to their combatants, who were invariably Tigrinya speakers. There are no readily available contemporary materials designed for the teaching of speaking and listening Tigrinya as a second language.

Products, Outputs & Outcomes

  • A set of master audio files of the dialogues in WAV format (available on CD-ROM or on the web).
  • A set of worksheets to go with the audio files (available electronically in PDF format, or in hard copy).