2004 Hmong Intermediate Syllabus

If you can speak Hmong but canít read and write it, youíll be enrolled as an Intermediate student (Beginning is only for non-native speakers who canít speak Hmong at all).

Course Description

This course is designed for heritage students who have limited or no Hmong written language background. The main objectives of this course are: 1) introduce basic reading, writing, and speaking using the Hmong Romanized Phonetic Alphabets (RPA); 2) to strengthen the studentsí ability to communicate and negotiate meanings in basic White/Green Hmong at the inter-personal level in the classroom and/or school settings; and, 3) to increase studentsí vocabulary through selected topics. The course will be taught utilizing lectures, practice pronunciation, basic dialogues, group discussions, and class exercises.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this course, it is expected that students will be able to:

-Understand and produce the basic oral and written form of the Hmong language in White/Green Hmong Dialect.

-Develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

-React in a social situation without complications.

-Comprehend, ask and answer questions relating to personal experiences.

-Show some spontaneity and creative language use in response to an oral or written question or a situation.

-Write or give orally a 2-6 sentence description of the known and concrete environment, given a topic or visual aid.

-Be aware of the differences between Green Hmong and White Hmong.

-Identify key elements of Hmong culture and history including family structure, clans, religion, costume, and folktales.

Week-by-Week Course Outline for SEASSI 2004

Week 1: Introduction to the Writing System

Week 2: Narrative Styles and Structures

Week 3: Religion & Culture

Week 4: Traditional Culture and World View

Week 5: Hmong History and the Vietnam War

Week 6: Media Information

Week 7: Popular Culture and Worldview

Week 8: Current Issues