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Intermediate Uyghur
CEUS-T 232/632
Gulnisa Nazarova

The spring semester of Intermediate Uyghur language course is the same as the fall semester. We will continue working on improvement of listening, speaking, writing skills. The primary goal of the course is also to give as much information as possible about the most important aspects of life in contemporary Eastern Turkistan and introduce the culture and mentality, so the students’ knowledge can cover necessary vocabulary to have ability to communicate according to the situation, purpose and roles of the participants. The course includes improving translation skills into the target language and vice versa. Intermediate level course extends the learner’s grammatical, lexical and functional skills, foundations for accurate and fluent communication established at previous levels using a wide variety of stimulating and challenging activities.

Three hours of class per week means independent work out of class, and a strong incentive for the students to contribute both to the overall structure of the class as well as the individual meetings. Listening activities involve listening to narratives, interviews from authentic sources such RFA (Uyghur Erkin Asiya Radiosi), Uyghur TV and other online and video materials. Learners are given the opportunity for personal expression in the form of partner work and discussions.

Textbooks and dictionaries:

1. Course Packet may be found In Goodbody Hall 157
2. Tarjei Engesath A textbook of Uyghur Grammar, Volume 1, 2002.
3. Uighur – English dictionary, Urumchi, 1993
4. English – Uyghur dictionary,  Urumci, 1988
5. Intermediate Listening Reading Online Materials and Central Asia news
  (Fund of CeLCAR)

Suggested texts and materials

1. Hamit Tomur “Modern Uyghur Grammar”, Istanbul, 2003
2. Online materials (

Assignments and grading policy

The assignments include reading for general comprehension, careful reading for translation. Listening for general comprehension, listening for details; Writing of short compositions; Preparing 2 Projects; Grammar reviews; Different exercises and activities; new vocabulary.

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

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-


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.