Our aim is to establish an online community that will preserve, promote, and celebrate Tibetan language and culture. Moving beyond traditional tools like textbooks, we hope to expand opportunities to learn Tibetan through creating varied, rich, and engaging experiences.
We aim to offer a variety of learning experiences like bite-size social media content, one-to-one online lessons with native speakers, YouTube videos, and blog posts. These additional formats offer flexibility, help keep learners engaged, and improve conversation, reading, and listening comprehension.
Designed to support learners of all levels and backgrounds, including members of the diaspora, we believe our online provision provides the tools required for learning and sustaining engagement with Tibetan.
We will track outputs – namely participation and engagement with our social media platforms, and people enrolled in and attending our summer school courses and online languages classes. In order to assess whether or not our content and courses are meeting the needs of our user, we will use a blend of focus groups, feedback surveys, and lesson observations.
A native Tibetan, Tenzin has taught Tibetan language in a range of educational settings in India and the UK, including Thosamling Nunnery, Dharamsala; School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London; and at the University of Oxford. Inspired by his own experience of teaching, he developed and published the Tibetan language textbook The Manual of Authentic Tibetan in 2018. The Manual moves away from the traditional Grammar Translation method, often employed in the teaching of Tibetan, towards a functional approach through focusing on what learners want to do with the language (i.e. focusing on real-life situations and goals, such as ordering food at a restaurant). Identifying a clear need and enthusiasm for enriched Tibetan language resources, Tenzin launched EasyTibetan – initially an Instagram page — in 2019 with daily Tibetan language posts, including vocabulary and spelling exercises, snapshots of Tibetan history and culture, and pronunciation recordings. The page gained over five-thousand followers within its first two months and now has over twelve-thousand followers (and counting).
Co-Founder, Programme Director
Rachael has been studying Tibetan since 2007; BA Study of Religions and History (SOAS); MPhil in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies (University of Oxford); DPhil in Oriental Studies (University of Oxford). While studying her Masters, she was surprised by the limited tools available to aid language acquisition (aside from a handful of language textbooks and online translation pages) and is excited to be involved with a project which aims to remedy this lacuna.
An experienced Project Manager working in education, Rachael has expertise in developing and overseeing educational programmes, working with a range of stakeholders, and reviewing outputs to ensure quality and learning objectives are being met. She is able to produce high-quality deliverables that meet or exceed timeline and budgetary targets. Rachael is also an experienced teacher with over four years of experience and training in both subject-specific and English-language (TEFL qualified) teaching.
He is also a resourceful Project Manager. He began his IT career as a creative IT Manager at Penta Money, that he devised a concept of an automated on-line e‑currency exchanger, laid it out for the team of coders, and supervised the works. He then went on to create a very sophisticated website developing the system of an on-line shop with a client registration option, that comprised a complex multi-layered referral algorithm and calculation of clients’ referral income, and their on-line personal account displaying their purchases, their client bases, and break-down of their income.
Michael has a great interest in Tibetan Language and Culture. In 2019, he graduated from the University of Oxford as a Master of Philosophy in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies. For his Master’s thesis, Michael conducted research on the practice of Dream Yoga in Bon in comparison with Tibetan Buddhist traditions. During his time at Oxford, Michael substantially improved his knowledge of the Tibetan language, history and traditions. Over the summer break, he went to an exile community in Dharamshala, India, to improve his Tibetan and to better familiarise himself with Tibetan culture and traditions. Michael also studied Classical Tibetan Language at SOAS, the University of London