Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA1026: Kurdish 1 Kurmanji

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Christine Robins (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This is a core module for those of you on Arabic and Kurdish, Middle East Studies with Kurdish BA programmes. It will enable you to read simple texts – stories, simple newspaper articles, poems and songs - in Kurmanji, the majority dialect of Kurdish, which is spoken in Turkey, Northern Iraqi Kurdistan, Syria, parts of Iran and the Caucasus. You should also be able to work out the basic sense of more complex material, and hold simple conversations. It is open to anyone who wants to learn Kurmanji; it is not necessary to have knowledge of any other Middle Eastern language, nor any previous knowledge of Kurdish.  Although usually written in the Latin alphabet (which we will be doing here), Kurmanji it is closely related to Persian and, for a beginner, about as complicated as French. We use the maximum audio-visual material available to enable you to do as much practice as possible by yourself, so that you can grow in confidence.

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