SOAS University of London

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

Thai Language 1 (PG)

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Full Year

PLEASE NOTE: This module will be divided into two 15-credit modules next academic year (i.e Language A and Language B). The overall objectives and outcomes for the year will not change. There may be some slight changes to the formal assessment. Students will be required to take a written test in the last week of Term 1 and should therefore not plan to be absent from SOAS at this time.

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 Thai grammar
  2. Knowledge and understanding of basic Thai vocabulary
  3. Knowledge and understanding of basic phonology of Thai
  4. Knowledge and understanding of basic sociolinguistic aspects of Thai, such as polite particles, levels of vocabulary and pronominal strategies
  5. Knowledge and understanding of the Thai script
  6. Ability to understand simple spoken Thai and converse on simple everyday topics
  7. Ability to read and translate into English short passages and dialogues written in Thai
  8. Ability to translate simple sentences from English to Thai, using correct grammar and spelling


This module is taught over 20 weeks with 4 hours classroom contact per week in language classes.

Scope and syllabus

The syllabus consists of a carefully structured module which provides a systematic introduction  (a)  to the basic grammar and vocabulary needed for conversing in everyday situations, to the writing system.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%); a 2,000-word portfolio of marked homework, translation or essay agreed with the convenor to be submitted on day 1, term 3 (30%); an oral examination of 15 minutes duration (15%); in class tests throughout the module (5%).


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules