Classical Armenian (Grabar) Online School

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Summer Program
February 9, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Languages, Linguistics, Literature, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies

Armenian School of Languages and Cultures - ASPIRANTUM is organizing Classical Armenian (Grabar) online school. The 9 weeks Grabar online school will start on February 9, 2021, and will last till April 9, 2021. 2021 Old Armenian language online school will help the participants to become skillful in reading and interpreting Grabar texts.

This 9 weeks Classical Armenian online school will be organized on Tuesdays and Fridays each week (18 days) and will include 54 hours of intensive Armenian language teaching (3 hours during each day). 

The students will receive a detailed syllabus of each day’s class. Currently, only 3 weeks of the syllabus are available online on our website During the coming weeks, the syllabus of all 9 weeks will be available on the website. 

We are planning to start the online classes at 9 PM Yerevan time. This time is mainly comfortable for students from European and American countries. So depending on the geography of applicants, the time may be changed and all applicants will be informed about the time changes prior to the course. 

The 3 hours class of each day will be divided into the following sections:

First class - Homework and discussion
Second class - Grabar Grammar
Third class - Grabar Readings

During the Grabar language summer classes the following components will be covered every day:

Grammar: Everyday class will cover the main grammatical concepts of the Classical Armenian language.
Vocabulary: During the 9 weeks (54 hours) course it is anticipated that the participants will learn more than 750 new Classical Armenian words.
Listening: The participants will learn Grabar also through listening Grabar through liturgies and poetry. The instructor of Grabar will also speak a lot in Grabar during class so the participants have more interaction with classical Armenian.
Speaking: Participants will be forced to speak Old Armenian and tortured if not, just like in ancient schools. This methodology of language teaching has been productive at all times :) (this is a joke, no one will be tortured, it will even be impossible because the class is online).
Writing: Each day the participants will have writing assignments and homework to complete for the next day.
Reading: Everyday students will read and discuss scriptural, historical, and liturgical texts and poetry also from manuscripts. If requested, the participants will gain the basic skills to read and interpret medieval Armenian epigraphy.

Regular Deadline:

The deadline to apply to the “Classical Armenian” online course is January 31, 2021.

Deadline for Discounted Fee:

January 19, 2021 (see discount details in the “Participation fee” section below).

For more details please visit:

Contact Info: 

Armenian School of Languages and Cultures - ASPIRANTUM

6 Yekmalyan street, Yerevan 0002, Armenia

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