Teacher: Dr Dorota Molin, Oxford University
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 2021-22: Tuesdays @ 14:30-15:30 UK Time; two-term course (Hilary-Trinity Terms)
Class Description: The first part will consist of immersive, communication-driven language learning focused on everyday topics (approx. 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 north-western Iraq (especially from Dohok and Zakho).