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Introductory Tibetan I
CEUS-T 171/571
Gedun Rabsal

Course Objectives

Introductory Tibetan I introduces the basic features of Tibetan language including speaking, listening, writing, and reading to students. At the beginning, this course will focus on reading and writing Tibetan scripts. The basic features of grammar, building vocabulary, and the idiomatic usages that are needed in everyday communication (e.g., greeting, shopping) are covered. By the end of the course students will be able to read and write Tibetan scripts and able to engage in basic Tibetan communications.

Required texts and materials:

Tournadres, Nicolas and Sangda  Dorje.  Manual of Standard Tibetan. 
translated by Charles Ramble.  Ithaca:  Snow Lion Publications, 2003

Additional Materials Required:  Tape recorder and two audio tapes.  Students may use audio materials or other way of recording in the Language Lab located in Ballantine Hall.

Suggested texts and materials

Geoff Bailey and Christopher E. Walker (April 1, 2004). Lhasa Verbs

Assignments and requirements

At the end of the semester you will receive a final course grade. It is derived from the following components:

Participation: 30%
Homework (oral and written assignments, presentations, journal): 30%
Quizzes and chapter tests: 15%
Midterm exam (oral interview and written): 10%
Final exam: (oral and written components): 15%

Homework is given every day; and it is due the following morning in class. You may turn in late homework to receive feedback from your instructor. However, you will not receive credit for late homework. Bonuses or extra credit are not given for extracurricular events.


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.

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