Subject details

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Engage with Tibetan at an introductory level
  • Pronounce all Tibetan consonants, vowels and the changes that occur when letters are stacked
  • Recognise the Tibetan Uchen script, and construct words and sentences from its syllabary
  • Employ a working vocabulary of around 250 words by working through the first seven lessons of Introduction to the Tibetan Language
  • Identify and use the basic colloquial sentence structures that will allow them to conduct everyday conversations and to read simple Tibetan texts
  • Ask about people they meet, their families, the quantity and quality of things and people they encounter, and when and where people are travelling
  • Consider the importance of family, travel and surroundings to people who inhabit the high mountains of Tibet.
    • The Consonants and Vowels
    • Building Syllables
    • I am from Tibet
    • Is that your sister?
    • How many are there?
    • Where did you go?
    • He Played Football
    • The River Behind the Mountain
    • I'm Going to Lhasa
    • Literary Verbs and Particles
    • The Adverbial Particles
    • Reading a Text
    • The 6th Dalai Lama's Songs
    • Dge 'dun chos 'phel's Journalism
    • News in Tibetan
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Glossary
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Virtual Classroom
      • Web links
      • Wikis
    • Online materials

      • FAQs
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials
      • Quizzes
      • Resources and Links
    • Other materials

      • Audio
      • Video


If you have prior experience in learning this language, this subject may not be appropriate for you. You may be required to take a placement test.

Special requirements

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    To successfully engage in this subject students will need the following:

    • Laptop or computer
    • Computer camera (either inbuilt or webcam)
    • Headset with microphone
    • Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser
    • Reliable internet access
    • Access to a scanner or smartphone.

This subject introduces students to the Tibetan Language in both its spoken and
literary forms. It includes: (a) Development of conversational skills in Tibetan; (b)
Instruction in reading and writing the Uchen script as used for Tibetan; (c) Explanation of the grammar of spoken and written Tibetan; (d) Reading of graded texts in the Tibetan script.

Each week students are expected to study for five hours as follows: 1. 90 minutes, before online class, working on the written and audio materials for the week, and, memorising the written and spoken forms of that week’s vocabulary 2. 90 minutes, participate in one 90 minute online class 3. 90 minutes, completing online follow-up exercises regarding listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and vocabulary 4. 30 minutes, completing weekly assessment and quiz. It is also expected that students should spend at least 5 hours of individual study practicing the week’s written and spoken language forms and vocabulary and reviewing feedback on their work.

  • Weekly exercises (40%)
  • Take-home test: over 48 hours in week 5 or 6 (20%)
  • End of semester final assignment (30%)
  • Online class participation (10%)

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