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The purpose of this language program is to provide intermediate-level students of the Mongolian language with an opportunity to enhance their communicative competence through the systematic improvement of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, in a virtual environment. Synchronous and supervised asynchronous sessions will help students achieve more fluent, accurate and multi-functional communication. The program entails 8 weeks of intensive study of the Mongolian language at the Intermediate level of language learning which is equivalent to approximately 9 semester credit hours. The course will be taught by experienced Mongolian language teachers. The program is offered year-round. A limited number of fellowships are available.

Coursework

Classes will be taught on Zoom, and assignments and activities will be exercised on the e-learning platform in mongoliacenter.org. The assignments will be interactive and directed to make students more fluent, accurate, and multi-functional in Mongolian communication. The course will stimulate higher-level reading and listening comprehension skills and help students strengthen and consolidate their structure and writing ability. Communicative competence will be stimulated by virtual visits to Mongolian cultural locales, and immersion into social and cultural events, research interviews and access into archival resources.

Each week is organized around a theme. The course builds on and extends activities from the previous week, and each week, the assignments are lengthened. The week typically begins with a quiz on the material from the previous week. Listening materials will be presented after certain preparatory work – introduction of the new vocabulary and structural grammar. The material for the listening will be presented both in the synchronous session and as part of homework. In certain cases students will be asked to work on the new vocabulary and grammar independently. Pronunciation skills will be improved through loud reading as well as by working on the recorded voices of the students. Speech will be improved by promoting monologues and dialogues on the weekly topic in oral presentations, and descriptions of the twice-weekly immersion experiences. Aspects of the writing competence improvement will include: descriptive (reproduction), analytical (essays, summaries), functional (official communication patterns) and emotional-emphatic (expressing desire, acclaim, adoration, anger, disappointment). Authentic reading passages will be used to reinforce a variety of reading skills such as guessing words from contexts, skimming, scanning, and making inferences.

By the end of the course, students will be able to produce written reports and oral presentations and converse freely on various topics focused on lifestyle, cross-cultural issues, political and economic realities, social and cultural processes, and various aspects of human relations. Students will also be able to read/listen and better comprehend authentic and recorded texts exploring life in Mongolia, the history of Mongolia, Mongolian culture, global processes, and international relations.

Participants must attend 90 percent of scheduled classes and maintain an average minimum grade of B+ on assignments, quizzes and exams to remain in the course. All synchronous and asynchronous sessions, and homework assignments are graded. The program is being offered year-round.

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