Introduction to Syriac Language (AL1700A)

into to syriac langauge

Semester: 2, 2022 (25 Jul – 28 Oct)

Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Campus: N/A

Mode: Online

Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Credit: 18

Census: 16 Aug 2022

13 weekly sessions offered in asynchronous and synchronous modes combining live and pre-recorded lectures, group discussions, readings and online forums

This unit introduces students to the Syriac language as a basis for enhanced study of patristic literature preserved in Syriac, Peshitta (the standard Biblical text in Syriac) and for future study of the Syriac language. The primary focus of this unit is foundational Syriac vocabulary, grammar and syntax. Translation of selected biblical texts into English is an important component of this unit. The focus will be on consonant unvocalized text written in Estrangelo script. Nevertheless, the students will also become familiar with Serto script.

Learning outcomes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic Syriac vocabulary
  • Identify the fundamentals of Syriac grammar and syntax
  • Translate basic Syriac texts using lexicographical aids
Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Invigilated exam Exam 2,000 50
Other Weekly quizzes, short answers, written exercises 2,000 50

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