Hackett, Digital Classrom

Language Courses

ACADEMIC YEAR

ELEMENTARY CLASSICAL TIBETAN I & II

Instructor: Paul G Hackett. The course provides an introduction to the Tibetan language, focusing on developing the ability to read rudimentary classical (pre-1959) Tibetan texts. Course Details: here.

INTERMEDIATE CLASSICAL TIBETAN I & II

Instructor: Paul G Hackett. The course provides an introduction to the more complex grammatical constructions in the Tibetan language, focusing on further developing the ability to read classical (pre-1959) Tibetan literature. Course Details: here.

FIRST YEAR MODERN COLLOQUIAL TIBETAN I & II

Instructor: Sonam Tsering. This is an introductory course and no previous knowledge is required. It focuses on developing basic abilities to speak as well as to read and write in modern Tibetan, Lhasa dialect. Students are also introduced to modern Tibetan studies through selected readings and guest lectures. Course Details: here.

SECOND YEAR MODERN COLLOQUIAL TIBETAN I & II

Instructor: Sonam Tsering. For those whose knowledge is equivalent to a student who’s completed the First Year course. The course focuses on the further development of their skills in using the language to engage with practical topics and situations, such as seeing a doctor, reading news, writing letters, and listening to music. Course Details: here.

THIRD YEAR MODERN COLLOQUIAL TIBETAN I & II

Instructor: Sonam Tsering. For those whose knowledge is equivalent to a student who’s completed the Second Year course. The course develops students’ reading comprehension skills through reading selected modern Tibetan literature. Tibetan is used as the medium of instruction and interaction to develop oral fluency and proficiency. Course Details: here.

ELEMENTARY SANSKRIT I & II

Instructor: Guy Leavitt. An introduction to classical Sanskrit. Grammar and reading of texts.

INTERMEDIATE SANSKRIT I & II

Instructor: Guy Leavitt; Anand Venkatkrishnan. Reading and grammatical analysis of a literary text, chosen from the dramatic and narrative tradition.

ADVANCED SANSKRIT I & II

Instructor: Sheldon Pollock. Prerequisites: Two years of Sanskrit or instructor permission The two levels of advanced Sanskrit are typically given in alternate years. In 2014-15, kāvya and alaṅkāraśāstra will be offered; in 2015-16, mīmāṃsā and nyāya. Additional courses, including "Introduction to Pāṇini" and "Introduction to the Literary Prākṛits," are also available periodically. Final examinations will be required of all students in the first year of Advanced Sanskrit. In the second year, students are required to prepare a research project in lieu of the examination. This may be a research paper, a book or articles review, a bibliographical study, a translation, or whatever will advance the student’s research capabilities.