SOAS University of London

South East Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Burmese Language 1

Module Code:
Year of study:
Year 1
Taught in:
Full Year



Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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

  1. knowledge and understanding of basic Burmese grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of essential Burmese vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Burmese structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand short passages in written Burmese on everyday topics
  5. the ability to produce short passages in written Burmese on everyday topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Burmese and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week

Scope and syllabus

This is a language module in modern Burmese for beginners.  The module aims to equip the student with a command of the script and sound system, and a useful range of vocabulary and grammatical structures. It provides practice in speaking and oral comprehension, with simple conversations and recorded listening material; and in reading and writing, using elementary texts in both the colloquial and the literary style, including personal correspondence.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May-June (70%); oral examination of 15 minutes (20%); four assessed classroom or homework tasks set ad hoc during the year (2.5% each).

Suggested reading

A reading list will be made available to students at the beginning of this module.


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