La NASKa Fasko


What is NASK?

The North America Summer Esperanto Course(NASK), supported by the Esperanto League for North America (ELNA), is a yearly event known throughout the Esperanto world. For this year's 31st NASK, forty-five students from ten countries gathered at San Francisco State University, just a mile from the Pacific Ocean. These students all found a comfortableclass among NASK's four diverse levels of instruction, ranging from complete beginners to fluent speakers. Outside of class, evening programs, organized by both instructors and course members, gives the opportunity to explore different cultures and crafts unique to those countries. Even the cafeteria becomes a little Esperantujo as students and teachers gather to use the International Language for debates, discussions, jokes, and making new friends. The relaxed atmosphere and genuine friendliness of both students and faculty unite to create an unforgettable experience to which many course members return again and again. If you've never attended a session of NASK, we hope that you will consider adding to our diverse courses by your presence soon.

The Four Levels for the 31st NASK (Junio--Julio 2000)

Specific training in standard spoken and written Esperanto for students new to the language. Discussion of the long-term goals of Esperanto and how the language is used for international communication, including travel and education. A basis for continued independent study and an adequate background for teachers intending to introduce Esperanto in elementary school enrichment programs.

For those who have made an initial study of Esperanto. The course is conducted in Esperanto and stresses conversational ability while including a systematic review of structure and vocabulary. Students will role-play situations they would encounter at international meetings of Esperanto speakers and in Esperanto-speaking homes.

For students with the ability to understand and participate in class sessions conducted entirely in Esperanto. A broad range of communicative activities will be used to develop language skills and proficiency. The materials and approaches give prospective and practicing teachers an abundance of models, techniques, and materials to enliven their own teaching. Review and practice with focus on effective learning of pronunciation, structure, and the cultural tradition of Esperanto.

This course challenges advanced students to deepen and broaden their knowledge of the social and cultural realities of Esperanto. Among the topics covered will be European and non-European influences on Esperanto, the diversity of local Esperanto movements around the world, Esperanto ideologies and their relationship to modernity and postmodernity, and the indigenous literature of the Esperanto community.

SFSU Student Fellowship Fund
The SFSU Student Fellowship Fund of the Esperanto League for North America can provide partial financial support for needy students in the program. Clubs and individuals are invited to recommend students for advanced studies. Interested students should write in Esperanto, giving their Esperanto histories (study, teaching, and club activity) to Ellen Eddy.

Additional Activities
Classes are planned for evening Esperanto programs, including group singing, folk dancing, slide shows, practice in public speaking, special presentations of interest to teachers, and a variety of topics dealing with Esperanto language and culture. Reza Kheir-Khah will guide the popular conversation groups. The schedule of these non-credit activities will be announced in class.

Three Intensive Weeks--Three Semester Units--Full University Credit

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