During the past decade, hundreds of children have been adopted from Armenia, some of which to non-Armenian parents and many who do not live in close proximity to an Armenian school or Armenian Church. Given the importance of the Armenian language to these children’s ethnic identity, the Armenian Language Program (ALP) was developed in July 2015 to provide elementary and intermediate Armenian instruction to children adopted from Armenia who are now living in the Diaspora. The ALP offers live, virtual instruction, in both Eastern and Western Armenian, to the children, their families, and anyone in the global community interested in gaining an appreciation for the Armenian language. The ALP is overseen by SOAR-Yerevan, with proceeds benefiting SOAR’s Orphan Transitional Program.
ARMENIAN LANGUAGE PROGRAM
My name is Amalya Abrahamyan. I graduated from Vanadzor State Pedagogical Institute. Since 2010 I have been working as a teacher in the primary school of Amrakits, Lori region. Along with teaching, I have been responsible for several projects, such as regular home visits to the disadvantage families to make sure their children attend school and contributing to the methodological direction of the school. From 2007 to 2008, I have been a European volunteer in the Youth Cultural Center in Jelgava, Latvia, in the framework of Youth in Action programme funded by the European Union. There I supported the center in providing different after school activities, helping with homework and spending time with the youth and children who primarily came from disadvantage families. From 2005 to 2007, I was a volunteer for CPFA (French-Armenian Cultural Center) and responsible for the coordination of ‘Joi de Livres’ project – reading French stories in the schools and kindergartens of Stepanavan and its villages.
My name is Sona and I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics: Italian Language from Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov in 2013. I am currently a Master’s student there in the Department of Linguistics: Linguistics and Typology. I am also a freelance translator and have also held many positions as a translator and interpreter. Currently, I am working as a translator for the renowned Armenian artist Rafael Megall and Italian Art Critic Demetrio Paparoni as well as a translator for SOAR. I am fluent in Armenian, Italian, and English and also speak Russian.