SOAS University of London

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

Thai Language 2

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2022/2023
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 2
Taught in:
Full Year


Thai Language 1A and Thai Language 1B

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The objectives of the module are to equip students with:

  • the ability to understand straightforward Thai spoken at near-normal speed and converse on everyday topics with reasonable accuracy and fluency
  • the ability to read/translate/summarize/extract information from straightforward authentic texts written in Thai
  • the ability to make written translations of simple passages from English into Thai using correct grammar and spelling
  • the ability to write short compositions in Thai on everyday subjects
  • further knowledge and understanding about the Thai language, including grammar, phonology, the writing system, loan words and levels of language use.

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

  • an appropriate knowledge and understanding of Thai grammar beyond the beginner’s level
  • an appropriate passive and active command of Thai vocabulary beyond the beginner’s level
  • an ability to understand spoken Thai and converse on everyday topics 
  • an ability to read and translate into English short passages of authentic Thai written in a straightforward style
  • an ability to translate straightforward passages from English to Thai, using correct grammar and spelling
  • an ability to write short essays in Thai


This module is taught over 22 weeks with 4 hours classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

The syllabus provides structured learning materials to enable the student to build upon the skills acquired in Thai Language 1 and to begin to engage with authentic texts 

This module is core for Year 2 students on the following programmes

  • BA Thai
  • BA Thai and …
  • BA South East Asian Studies (including year abroad) where Thai is the chosen language

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (70%); an oral examination of 20 minutes duration taken in May/June (20%); regular assessed homework assignments (10%).

Suggested reading

  • Teach Yourself Thai - David Smyth (2003)


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