Teacher: Dr Dorota Molin, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge
Class Level: Beginners (the course will be accessible to all, though students will find that knowledge of another Semitic language or Classical Aramaic will be of advantage)
Class Schedule 2022-23: Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30 UK Time, beginning during the week of 10 October 2022
Class Length: 2-term class (Michaelmas Term 2022-Hilary Term 2023)
Class Description: The first part of the class will consist of immersive, communication-driven language learning focused on everyday topics (approximately to the A2 level). In the second part, we will study (listen to or read) texts of cultural significance: a traditional oral midrash, a folktale and a narrative about the lifestyle of the Iraqi Jews and their relations with their Christian and Kurdish neighbours. Dr Molin will teach the Neo-Aramaic of the Jews of northwestern Iraq (especially from Dohok and Zakho).