SOAS University of London

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

Khmer (Cambodian) Language 1 (PG)

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2018/2019
Year of study:
Taught in:
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 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


A total of 20 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week in language classes.

Scope and syllabus

This module 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 module 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 module. This provides students with a basis to approach research topics relating to Khmer language and the histories, societies and cultures associated with Khmer.

Method of assessment

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

Suggested reading

The module will be based on:

  • David Smyth – Colloquial Cambodian

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


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules