Tibetan Summer Language Program

Tibetan Summer Language Program

NOTE: Tibetan will not be offered in 2017. We intend to offer the program again in 2018.

Tibetan SLI Residential Zone

While the SLI does not provde a formal Tibetan SLI residential component, students are encouraged to sign up for regular summer session housing in Gooch dorms. The Tibetan SLI students will be clustered in one wing of the dormitory and have access to a shared kitchen and a lounge area. A native-speaking Tibetan instrutor will reside there alongside the students to encourage the use of Tibetan during times when class is not in session. The intstructor will also be available to students in the evenings to answer questions and help students hone their conversational skills.

Program Structure

Tibetan SLI classes meet from Monday through Friday for seven and a half hours a day with three different Tibetan language instructors. You will meet for three hours every morning with the lead instructor for grammar and vocabulary instruction and practice; the afternoon class meets for an additional three hours and focuses on intensive, communicative practice of the material learned during the morning class; a 90-minute evening class continues to reinforce the day’s material through interactive activities and gives you an opportunity to seek individualized assistance from the evening instructor. The study of Tibetan culture is integrated with language learning throughout all three sessions.

Attendance in all three sessions (morning, afternoon, and evening) is required of all students, regardless of whether they are enrolled for credit or non-credit. Every student, regardless of type of enrollment, must earn a passing grade in each class of the first half of the SLI in order to participate in the second half of the program. Virginia undergraduates fulfill their language requirements upon successful completion of the program.

For more information, see the Tibet Center's description of the program.