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Introductory Uyghur
CEUS-T 131/531
Gulnisa Nazarova

The Fall Semester Introductory Uyghur courses aim to introduce a fundamental structure of the Uyghur language. During the course the students will learn the Uyghur script, basic phonetic rules, and basic grammar and develop their knowledge of literary Uyghur language. The material also provides general information about Uyghur lifestyle, society and culture. The daily classes focus on the following: listening to and conducting simple conversations, pronunciation exercises, grammar exercises writing simple dialogues and reading simple texts. Also Uyghur audio and video cassettes, different pictures illustrating the contemporary cultural life of the Uyghur’s will be available. Learners are given the opportunity for personal expression in the form of partner and group works.

Course Materials:

Primary Textbooks and Dictionaries:

Suggested texts and materials

Reinhard Hahn, Spoken Uyghur (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1991)
(Sound files for Spoken Uyghur are available on LCL’s web server at: )
Online Materials of Fund of CeLCAR


Graduates are held to a higher standard than undergraduates.
The assignments include work from the textbook, including reading, grammar activities, writing activities, and listening to the DVD, and working with new vocabulary and online materials.

Attendance and active participation are necessary in this class, and so is independent work. There will be regular vocabulary and grammar quizzes or tests (every week), a midterm and a final exam. The exams will consist of both in-class oral and written parts.
Quizzes and tests                    20%
Midterm                                  20%
Final exam                               20%
Final Oral Interview                10%
Homework                              20%
Participation in class               10%


Language learning requires greater participation in the classroom than most other subjects in the university curriculum. Students are expected to attend ALL classes. Students are allowed to miss three instructional hours during the course of one semester without grade penalty. Absences beyond three instructional hours will result in grade penalty of 2% per day. Additional absences can be considered by the department only with proper documentation of attested medical needs for which a doctor's note will be required, and with the possibility of a tutoring requirement to preclude class disruption for other students.

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