Freestanding course, Bachelor’s level
15 hp
Malmö mixed hours 50%
31 August 2020 - 17 January 2021
Full tuition fee: 20000 SEK

About the course

The follow-up course provides opportunities for students to extend their knowledge of the Georgian language and culture. It will improve students’ communicative skills, extend and activate their knowledge of vocabulary and grammatical patterns. The course consists of audio and written texts on various topics. It includes both interactive and non-interactive translation exercises and audio exercises. A short overview of Georgian literature and English translations of selected Georgian writers are also included.

Georgian language course is an internet-based course. Students have the opportunity to learn the language without leaving their home or computer. No obligatory meetings are included. Examination is also conducted online.

The course lasts 18 weeks. Lessons are published every week. Each lesson contains information regarding the Georgian language, as well as regarding the history of the Georgian literature. 

Lessons combine grammar, dialogues, exercises and other materials. Students have access to a large number of audio files and interactive exercises. The course also contains texts with a translation and detailed explanations of each word and grammatical affixes. Texts are written as a story about one family and their friends in various situations. Vocabulary on the topics of travelling, introducing, shopping, diseases, birthday party, computer, etc. is presented in connection to these situations. Grammar sections are focused on verbs.  

The course is time flexible. Published lessons are available to the end of the semester.
Obligatory assignments that should be completed and submitted are published every second week. The students receive individual feedback on assignments. In addition, non-compulsory live sessions for interested students are offered.

Students are not required to buy course literature. All necessary materials are offered online within a virtual classroom where students have access to the course material, to the teacher and to each other.

Students who have already taken the course can explain it. Let us listen to their voices from anonymous course evaluation:

The course is wonderfully structured, and is an excellent, comprehensive introduction to Georgian language and culture.  The materials are very well written and graded, and, if sufficient time is devoted to completing the exercises and to assimilating the material, noticeable progress can be made in the language.

The interactive exercises, complete with answers, are extremely effective, and the exercises are sufficiently varied to test progress in different areas (e.g., translating into the language, translating from the language, grammatical constructions, etc.).  

Something I was especially impressed by was the "Colloquial Georgian" section of each lesson in Georgian II: this introduced students to the way the language is actually spoken by native Georgians, and highlighted the differences between colloquial and literary usage.  Indeed, Georgian II was excellent in the way it presented colloquial and more formal language side by side, giving students a very good background in the language on which to build further.

The audio material was carefully chosen to complement this colloquial element of the course, and helped enormously in perfecting pronunciation and intonation, something so difficult to achieve in an online course, and in facilitating aural comprehension. The dual speed of some of the audio recordings - normal and slow - was very beneficial, especially in the early stages, in attuning the ear to the rhythms of natural Georgian speech.

The examination was a very fair assessment of the work and structures presented, and was both stimulating and challenging.  I felt a real sense of achievement when I had successfully completed the examination.

The grammar lessons, texts with audio, and interactive exercises worked very well together and were all extremely useful. The literature readings were very engaging. I also made extensive use of the verb lists (posted in the "students' contribution") and would have liked even more such materials!

The grammatical analyses provided for large parts of the sentences in the Texts were invaluable for an in-depth understanding of the way Georgian works and is built up. The grammatical tables and paradigms were invaluable, setting out forms of the verb not available in any textbook.

  • The cultural part of the course was extremely useful, as it built up into a comprehensive picture of Georgian culture, and gave students a very good insight into the modern Georgian nation.  The additional links to other sites (e.g., You Tube films, audio recordings of Georgian folk music, original texts of mediaeval Georgian literature, together with a number of contrasting translations) were cleverly constructed, and enabled students to broaden their horizons in many aspects of Georgian history and culture.

Course content

The follow-up course provides opportunities for students to extend their knowledge of the Georgian language and culture. It will improve students’ communicative skills, extend and activate their knowledge of vocabulary and grammatical patterns. The course consists of audio and written texts on various topics. It includes both interactive and non-interactive translation exercises and audio exercises. A short overview of Georgian literature and English translations of selected Georgian writers are also included.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Prerequisite course for this course is: IM202E Georgian I (passed)

Selection

University credits completed 100%

Course literature

Course evaluation

All students are offered an opportunity to give oral or written feedback at the end of the course. A summary of the results will be made available on the school’s web-pages. The students are also given a possibility to offer feedback for each module/unit.

Students have an opportunity for discussions and suggestions concerning the course during the term both in Forum and through e-mail correspondence with the teacher. Student can also take contact to the student union.

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