The Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation announced that Zarmanazan, the Western Armenian language immersion program, will take place in person from July 11 to August 6, in the French Alps, in Haute Savoie, France. Zarmanazan is a place where children, teenagers, young adults, teachers, and facilitators from the Diaspora are joined by the common willingness to learn and explore the Western Armenian language to its fullest.
Zarmanazan is composed of three distinct but interconnected parts
- A program for 10 to 17 year old children and teenagers.
- A program for 18 to 24 year old young adults.
- A university certificate program for teachers of Western Armenian.
Children, teenagers and young adults participate in various immersive activities adapted by age groups. Multi-age activities are strongly encouraged as well. These include visual arts and audio-visual workshops, crafts, music, theatre and movement, creative writing, literary readings, outdoor games, and nature-based explorations. All activities are created and led by a talented and qualified team of facilitators. The young adult workshops involve expressive elements, therefore require an intermediate comfort level in Armenian.
The number of spaces is limited. The deadline is February 14, 3 p.m. PST. Applications need to be submitted promptly online.
The certified intensive program for Diaspora-based Western Armenian educators, in collaboration with the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris, runs part of its programming during the Zarmanazan summer session. This includes theoretical instruction as well as a guided practicum. The number of participants is limited to 15. Information regarding the full course is forthcoming.
The “Zarmanazan” educational program was launched by the Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 2017 as part of its Western Armenian revitalization initiatives. It is organized in partnership with L’association Mille et un Mondes (Lyon, France) and the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO, Paris, France). The Zarmanazan summer program is certified by the French Ministry of Youth and Sports.