Peace Corps - Sinhala Language Lessons

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US Peace Corps Sinhala  - Image COURSE OVERVIEW
This guide is designed for Singhalese language training of Peace Corps workers in Sri Lanka, and reflects daily communicaton needs in that context. It consist of a list of selected language topics and related language competencies, lesson plans for each topic, culture notes for each topic, and a series of reproducible masters for handouts on a variety of grammar issues. Each lesson plan includes a list of targeted language competencies and for each competency, brief dialogues, vocabulary list, classroom procedures, a form for teacher notes, and grammar notes. Lesson topics include: personal identification, communication with a host family, classroom orientation, social life and social behavior, food, health, clothingm shopping, giving and getting directions, transportation, communication services, and discussing work.

PROGRAMS THAT USED THIS LANGUAGE
Sri Lanka: 1962-1964; 1967-1970; 1983-1998; Currently Inactive

PROGRAM SECTORS
Sri Lanka: Currently Inactive

Sinhala also known as Sinhalese (older spelling: Singhalese) in English, also known locally as Helabasa, is the mother tongue of the Sinhalese people, who make up the largest ethnic group in Sri Lanka, numbering about 16 million. Sinhala is also spoken, as a second language by other ethnic groups in Sri Lanka, totalling about 3 million. It belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European languages. Sinhala is one of the official and national languages of Sri Lanka. Sinhala, along with Pali, played a major role in the development of Theravada Buddhist literature. Sinhala has its own writing system, the Sinhala alphabet, which is a member of the Brahmic family of scripts, and a descendant of the ancient Indian Brahmi script. The oldest Sinhala inscriptions found are from the 6th century BCE, on pottery; the oldest existing literary works date from the 9th century CE. The closest relative of Sinhala is the language of the Maldives and Minicoy Island (India), Dhivehi.

Sinhala is spoken in: Sri Lanka

Sinhala is also called: Sinhalese

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