The aim of this course is to provide students with a general, yet not superficial, knowledge of Uyghur Language, as it is spoken and written today, and of the culture of which the language is the most direct and natural expression. The spoken language of educated native speakers, as well as the contemporary literary language as reflected in newspapers and journals will be emphasized throughout. This course will familiarize students with the sound system and alphabet of Uyghur, provide systematic presentation of basic structure, and practical use of the language by stressing extensive practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The use of English in the classroom will be kept to a minimum; Uyghur will be used whenever possible. Throughout the course students will be exposed to such visual materials as authentic video clips and pictures illustrating the real cultural life of the Uyghurs.
By the end of this two sections language course the student should be able to read simple prose texts and newspaper articles with some difficulty, and deal with some basic everyday living situations.