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Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Khmer (Cambodian) Language 1 (Postgraduate)

Course Code:
15PSEC043
Unit value:
1
Year of study:
Any
Taught in:
Full Year

Prerequisites

None

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

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

  1. knowledge and understanding of basic Khmer grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of essential Khmer vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Khmer structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand short passages in written Khmer on everyday topics
  5. the ability to produce short compositions in written Khmer on everyday topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Khmer and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics
  7. knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and Khmer  in particular, in language-based scholarship and research (specific learning outcome for PG students)

Workload

A total of 22 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.  10 research seminars to be taken within SOAS.  Attendance to be proven by signature from chair and to be submitted to the Associate Dean for Masters by the last day of term 2.

Scope and syllabus

The course provides an introduction to spoken and basic written Khmer language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Khmer. All of the more important grammatical structures of the language are introduced.  Communicative practice is established through learning language around dialogues and readings dealing with a range of everyday situations, including travelling, buying, selling, eating in restaurants and family life.

The course equips students with a basic knowledge of Khmer and practice of using Khmer in a variety of everyday situations. It allows students to interact with Khmer speakers in Khmer and to use original Khmer-language sources within the level covered in the course. This provides students with a basis to approach research topics relating to Khmer language and the histories, societies and cultures associated with Khmer.

A series of special PG lectures with associated seminars structured around the six themes Structure, Texts, Identity, Society, Translation and Transformation (provided for PG students studying different languages) introduces students to general questions of the role of language in language-based scholarship and research and provides them with the critical and methodological skills to relate their language acquisition to the thematic aspects of the studies.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written paper taken in May/June (50%); a language learning portfolio consisting of a set of marked homework, short in-class tests, translation projects (30%); one 15 minute oral examination (15%); 4 assessed classroom tasks (5%).

Suggested reading

The course will be based on:

  • David Smyth – Colloquial Cambodian

Other materials to be provided by the instructor in photocopied / audio form.