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Introductory Uyghur
CEUS-T 132/532
Gulnisa Nazarova

The aim of the Spring Semester of Introductory Uyghur is the continuing study of modern Uyghur. During the course the students, as in the fall semester, will develop their skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing, and gain knowledge of literary Uyghur language and culture. There will be communication and reading practice, using different communication activities and texts. The daily classes focus on the following: listening to and conducting simple conversations, pronunciation and grammar exercises, writing and reading simple dialogues/texts. Uyghur audio and video cassettes and different pictures illustrating the contemporary cultural life of the Uyghurs will also be available. Students are given the opportunity for personal expression in the form of partner and group work.

Course Materials: Primary Textbooks and Dictionaries:

Course Packet may be found In Goodbody Hall 157

  1. Tarjei Engesæth, A Textbook of Uyghur Grammar (England, 2002)
  2. First chapters of An Elementary Uyghur by Talant Mawkanuli, ( CeLCAR, Indiana University, 2006 )
  3. Daniel St.John, A Uighur - English Dictionary (Ürümchi: Xinjiang People’s Publishing House, 1993)
  4. Anwar, Payzulla, English - Uighur Dictionary (Ürümchi: Xinjiang People’s Publishing House,1988)
  5. Reinhard Hahn, Spoken Uyghur (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1991)
    (Sound files for Spoken Uyghur are available on LCL’s web server at:
    http://languagelab.bh.indiana.edu/uygur.html)

Assignments and grading policy

The assignments include work from the textbook, including reading, grammar activities, writing activities, listening to the DVD, and working with new vocabulary and online materials.

Attendance and active participation are necessary in this class, and so is independent work. There will be regular vocabulary and grammar quizzes or tests (every week), a midterm and a final exam. The exams will consist of both in-class oral and written parts.


Weekly quizzes and tests 20%
Midterm exam 20%
Final exam 20%
Homework 20%
Participation in class 20%

Grading System

99-100 = A+ 80-82 = C+
95-98 = A 77-79 = C
92-94 = A- 74-76 = C-
89-91 = B+ 70-73 = D+
86-88 = B 67-69 = D
83-85 = B- 64-66 = D-

Absences:  Language learning requires greater participation in the classroom than most other subjects in the university curriculum. Students are expected to attend ALL classes. Students are allowed to miss three instructional hours during the course of one semester without grade penalty. Absences beyond three instructional hours will result in grade penalty of 2% per day. Additional absences can be considered by the department only with proper documentation of attested medical needs for which a doctor’s note will be required, and with the possibility of a tutoring requirement to preclude class disruption for other students.