ABOUT OUR TIBETAN LANGUAGE CURRICULUM

developed by an experienced teacher and designed for small groups of (no more than five) dharma and Sowa Rigpa students

Beginning with September 2022, SRI is pleased to begin to offer ongoing Tibetan language courses to our students and sangha. 

We are offering the absolute beginner level 1.1 in September, to be followed by 1.2 in January 2023 and 1.3 in April 2023. In fall 2023, we will begin to offer a second year level starting with 2.1, and we will also repeat offering the first year level, starting with 1.1  -- provided there is sufficient interest.

Each trimester, all students will accomplish 12 hours total of instruction for the trimester--some in once-weekly 60-minute classes, and the others in twice-weekly 45-minute classes.

The cycle of classes builds progressively, and students with some experience already can determine from reading the learning objectives stated for each level, and join the class that best suits their level.  

Classes are limited to five students per section. If during the enrollment period the sections offered fill up, new sections may be added based on demand; inquire with info@sowarigpainstitute.org


ENROLLMENT PERIOD FOR JANUARY 2023 WILL OPEN IN DECEMBER 2022.


Year 1: three trimesters of 12 weeks each

                                                      

Trimester 1 (September start)  

1.1 On completion of this level, students shall be able to:

 - Recognize and write the Tibetan alphabet
- Use Tibetan dictionaries to widen their vocabulary
- Give an outline of the history of the alphabet
- Read and understand simple sentences in Tibetan

                                                      

Trimester 2  (January start)

1.2 On completion of this level, students shall be able to:                                   

- Use the Wylie Romanization system to read and write Tibetan
- Express themselves clearly at the basic level
- Engage in conversations about various topics covered in the lessons
- Use simple grammatical structures
- Read and understand utterances and short passages

                                                      

Trimester 3 (April start)

1.3 On completion of this level, students shall be able to:                             

- Express themselves clearly at the basic level
- Engage in conversations about various topics covered in the lessons
- Use and understand core grammatical concepts
-Read and understand utterances, short passages and some classical texts

                                                      

Year 2: three trimesters of 12 weeks each

                                                      

Trimester 1 (September start)

                                                      

2.1 On completion of this level,, students shall be able to:                         

- Understand familiar topics in Tibetan spoken at a normal pace
- Converse with native speakers of Tibetan on familiar topics
- Read and write short texts on familiar topics.

                                                      

Trimester 2 (January start)

                                                      

2.2 On completion of this level, students shall be able to:

- Translate a wide range of texts at the intermediate level, such as classical texts and fictitious stories
- Apply appropriate English vocabularies and structures when performing translations
- Solve translation problems using dictionaries, grammar books and online resources.

                                                      

Trimester 3 (April start)


2.3  On completion of the course, students shall be able to:


-analyse, interpret and debate a selection of classical works·

-discuss and problematise the Tibetan-speaking world and various aspects of it

-analyse and problematise historical, cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of these countries/regions

- demonstrate the ability to independently complete a short essay that meets basic requirements, and reflect on the writing process.

About the teacher

Swiss-born Adelaide Foster has lived, studied, worked, and became ordained living with Tibetans in India for 13 years, studying Buddhist philosophy in Tibetan in a traditional setting. She has subsequently returned to Europe and has studied linguistics and cognitive science; she is also fluent in French and English. In addition to teaching, she has also translated, including teachings given by the Dalai Lama.                                      

After you complete basic  TIbetan studies with Adelaide,  in the years to come we will also offer you other opportunities to converse and study with native Tibetan speakers from a variety of regions and walks of life, both dharma and Sowa Rigpa practitioners.