Integrating Finno-Ugric Studies in Europe

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October 2017 - January 2018

Aims of the course

This course will constitute an introduction to the modern Udmurt standard language (Cyrillic script, phonetics, morphology, syntax). The course will enable students to read, understand and translate modern texts with the help of a dictionary. Students who complete the online course will have the possibility to study Udmurt at an advanced level at the 6th Winter School for Finno-Ugric Studies in Vienna in 2018 with a native speaker of Udmurt, should they participate.

Textbook, learning material

A newly adapted unpublished English-language third edition of the textbook Marym leśa (Igor’ Ganeyev & Yuriy Perevozchikov, second edition published in Izhevsk in 2015) will be used. This upcoming edition is currently being compiled; students will be provided with drafts of the relevant chapters as PDFs. Audio materials recorded by professional voice actors will be provided as well as a Memrise course covering the vocabulary used in the textbook (Memrise is an online tool helping users to acquire vocabulary, it can be used through any web browser or through Android and iOS apps).

Methods of teaching

Students will be provided with a learning schedule, and should prepare the individual chapters of the textbook autodidactically in accordance with it. Teaching sessions will take place via the Internet (Moodle and/or online lectures) and consist of theoretical and practical explanations of language phenomena covered by the textbook in the respective chapters.


Students’ participation will be assed based on their regular participation in activities during the course (two hours per week), written exercises, and a final exam. Students will receive 3 ECTS points upon successful completion of the course.

Application deadline: 28.07.2017