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.