Tibetan Summer Language Program

Tibetan Summer Language Program

Program Structure

The Tibetan language is rich, fascinating and unique: letters have genders, a systematic honorific language integrates even sacred places, verbs are distinguished in terms of volition, and the whole grammar is pervaded by Buddhist philosophical principles. You’ll dive completely into this new world and way of thinking with skillful guidance from your teachers and textbook (བོད་སྐད་སྙིང་པོ་ - The Heart of Tibetan Language).

Language is inherently linked with culture - it is an expression of it. Apart from the language classes, you will also have the opportunity to discover Tibetan culture through regular activities such as lectures, field-trips, and cultural events. 

Morning Sessions
8:30-10:30 am: Two sessions of 1:1 conversation practice with native Tibetan language tutors (over Skype)
11:00 am-1:00 pm: Two sessions with Gen Phuntsok la and Franziska – grammar, speaking and student presentations
Afternoon Sessions
2:00 - 5:00 pm: Three interactive practice sessions in groups:
           -Vocabulary and grammar speaking practice (with Gen Phuntsok la)
           -Conversation, activities, games, songs, etc. (with Franziska)
           -Listening comprehension practice (in the language lab or over collab)
Evening Session
6:00 - 7:30 pm: Self study, optional home work assistance, informal language practice with Gen Phuntsok la and/or guest lectures and cultural activities 
Tibetan SLI Residential Zone

In order to immerse yourself fully into the Tibetan language world, another program feature is the opportunity (optional) to live on grounds where you can practice your newly acquired Tibetan language skills with your classmates. Teachers and/or other native speakers will also be present daily for homework help and conversation practice. SLI encourages you to reside in Summer Sessionn housing in order to keep practicing Tibetan even during your free time. The Tibetan SLI students will be clustered in one wing of the dormitory and have access to a shared kitchen and a lounge area.