The goal of this course is to introduce you to the fundamentals of the Latvian language and culture.
This course provides a systematic overview of the basic linguistic characteristics of the Latvian language. The course uses a series of thematically arranged, structurally graduated readings, conversation topics, individual and group assignments to enable students to acquire an ability to speak and write Latvian. Language learning in this course is closely tied to learning about culture, and through culture. Authentic cultural materials – song lyrics, short stories, and movies will be introduced every week. The course will introduce Latvian literature, cinema and Latvian singing traditions.
The course will concentrate on contemporary Latvian, fundamentals of the grammar system, with due attention to all the four language skills – reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The aim of the course is to give the students grounding in all of these skills. The classrooms are oriented to communication and maximum use of Latvian, while English-language explanations of grammatical structures and occasional translations are not avoided altogether.
Latvian 111 strives to be at all times a student-centered course, encouraging students to take control of their own learning, to be active, engaged, curious, and questioning about this subject matter as well as the wider world it fits into. Teaching and learning take place in an atmosphere of mutual respect among students and between the instructor and students. The instructor strives to accommodate and assist students of different cognitive abilities and different learning styles.
By completing this course, successful students will be able:
- to introduce and give information about oneself,
- greet, ask simple questions,
- talk about weather, family, food, likes/dislikes, traveling, hobbies etc. in a simple way.
During the studies students are expected to acquire:
- new vocabulary and communicative phrases,
- understanding the basics of the Latvian grammar as a system,
- basic reading skills for authentic Latvian literary texts.
Students are expected to develop listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. Students will have an idea of main cultural trends in the post-war Latvia.
They will be equipped with the necessary basic concepts to continue language acquisition.