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Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Thai Cultural Texts

Course Code:
Unit value:
1 unit
Year of study:
Year 2


Thai language 1

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The objectives of the course are to

  • improve the student’s reading skills through reading a wide range of authentic texts
  • examine some of the major language problems that occur when moving from simplified to authentic texts
  • increase the student’s awareness of common features of authentic written Thai, such as ‘elaborate expressions’, topicalization, pronoun deletion, serial verb constructions, levels of vocabulary (including royal vocabulary)
  • increase the student’s knowledge of aspects of Thai culture and society through reading passages expressing Thai perspectives

At the end of a course, a student should be able to demonstrate…

  • the ability to read, understand and extract information from authentic Thai texts on a variety of topics
  • the ability to translate authentic Thai texts accurately into English

This course is core for students of BA Thai and BA Thai and . . . . .


This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 3 hours classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

The syllabus consists of carefully selected and graded reading materials on a wide variety of topics of social and cultural interest written in diverse styles.

Method of assessment

One three hour written examination taken in May/June (70%); regular written assignments (30%).

Suggested reading

Readings  drawn from a wide variety of sources (e.g. newspapers, magazines, textbooks, advertisements, short stories etc.) and written in a variety of styles, are provided by the teacher.