Peace Corps - Armenian Language Competencies

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US Peace Corps Armenian  - Image COURSE OVERVIEW
This book is intended to be used in a competency-based language training program. A competency-based approach to language training is one which focuses on the specific tasks that learners will need to accomplish through language. This approach focuses not only on language, but also on the cultural context and purpose of the communication. Some competencies are closely tied to work tasks, such as reporting an absence, explaining a procedure, or making an appointment with a supervisor. Others reflect basic survival needs like buying food, handling emergencies, and using local transportation. Still other competencies are part of ordinary social transactions, such as discussing home and family, requesting clarification, or expressing likes and dislikes. The competencies included in this book are those which we anticipate Peace Corps Volunteers will need most during their initial months in the country.

The competency-based approach is particularly well-suited to adult learners, who bring many advantages to the language classroom. First. they are experienced learners whose cognitive skills arc fully developed. This means they can male generalizations, understand semantic and syntactic relationships and integrate the new language into their already developed first language. Second, adult learners are self-directed and independent. They have strong feelings about how and what they need to learn and they take responsibility for that learning Finally, adult learners-especially Peace Corps Volunteers-are highly motivated. They understand the importance of being able to communicate in the new language in this new endeavor they have undertaken.

PROGRAMS THAT USED THIS LANGUAGE
Armenia: 1992-present

PROGRAM SECTORS
Armenia: Community and Business Development, English Education

The Armenian language is an Indo-European language spoken by the Armenians. It is the official language of the Republic of Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. The language is also widely spoken by Armenian communities in the Armenian diaspora. It has its own script, the Armenian alphabet, and is of interest to linguists for its distinctive phonological developments within Indo-European. Linguists classify Armenian as an independent branch of the Indo-European language family. Armenian shares a number of major innovations with Greek, and some linguists group these two languages together with Phrygian and the Indo-Iranian family into a higher-level subgroup of Indo-European which is defined by such shared innovations as the augment. More recently, others have proposed a Balkan grouping including Greek, Armenian, Phrygian and Albanian.?

Armenian is spoken in: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Syria

Armenian is also called: Armani, Armanski, Armjanski, Armjanski Yazyk, Ena, Er?mani, Ermeni Dili, Ermenice, Haieren, Somekhuri, Somkhuri

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