This intensive, introductory course is designed for students who have significant knowledge of a related language or dialect, e.g. prior knowledge of MSA and learning the Iraqi dialect. They may or may not be learning the target language for professional purposes. While instruction begins at the introductory level, because of knowledge of the related language, students advance faster than in an introductory course.

Course objectives:
  1. Read material such as announcements of public events, simple prose containing biographical information or narration of events, and straightforward newspaper headlines;
  2. Follow essential points of written discussion at an elementary level on topics in his/her special professional field;
  3. Flexibility in understanding a range of circumstances beyond immediate survival needs and basic social demands;
  4. Able to satisfy minimum courtesy requirements and maintain very simple face-to-face conversations on familiar topics.

Target Goal: 1/1+ or above (dependent on course length; recommended course length of six to eight weeks)

This intensive course covers the basic elements of Sorani-Kurdish. Students are immersed in the target language using communicative methods of instruction and all four modalities of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  The curriculum is thematic and provides students with enough language and cultural awareness to engage and be engaged in basic daily conversations, using simple-sentence level discourse. This is an intensive course and students are required to spend additional time completing assignments, some of which requires outside-of-class research.

Duration:         6–8 weeks

Sample Sorani-Kurdish conversion syllabus


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