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Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Burmese Texts and Translation

Course Code:
Course Not Running 2015/2016
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Taught in:
Full Year
Students will select Burmese texts which appeal to their interests with the assistance of their teacher and read them in Burmese. The texts may be literary short stories, non-fiction, or other types of texts on history, economics, politics or other subjects. The programme of reading agreed between the student and the instructor will reflect a suitable range of issues to engage the student appropriately in preparation for the coursework components. This course will allow students to undertake the criticism and analysis of literary or other texts in Burmese without being restricted to the relatively few texts which have been translated already.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course students will have:

  • extended their language skills by reading,discussing and translating Burmese texts
  • acquired knowledge of the topics addressed in Burmese texts by selecting and reading relevant material (in English) in a programme of directed reading
  • gained the experience of producing a formal English translation of a Burmese text of moderate length, such as a short story or scholarly article, with appropriate attention to style and detail.


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

Two essays of 2,500 words each to be submitted on day 1, week 1, term 2 and day 1, week 1, term 3 (30%). One translation of 10,000 words to be submitted on day 1, term 3 (70%).

Suggested reading

A reading list for this course will be given to students at the beginning of the course.