SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Thai Language 2 (PG)

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Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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

  1. an appropriate knowledge and understanding of Thai grammar beyond the beginner’s level
  2. an appropriate passive and active command of Thai vocabulary beyond the beginner’s level
  3. an ability to understand spoken Thai and converse on everyday topics
  4. an ability to read and translate into English short passages of authentic Thai written in a straightforward style
  5. an ability to translate straightforward passages from English to Thai, using correct grammar and spelling
  6. an ability to write short essays in Thai
  7. Knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general. and Thai in particular, in language-based scholarship and research (specific learning outcome for PG students)


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 4 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 syllabus provides structured learning materials that enable the student to begin to engage with authentic texts
The 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 on 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 3,000 word (or equivalent) translation to be submitted on day 1, term 3 (30%); one 15 minute oral examination (10%); regular assessed homework assignments (10%).


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