SOAS University of London

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

Burmese Language 2 (PG)

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2022/2023
FHEQ Level:
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 intermediate Burmese grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Burmese vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Burmese structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand passages in written Burmese of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  5. the ability to produce passages in written Burmese of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Burmese and to engage in spoken discourse of medium complexity on everyday and some specialised topics


Total of 20 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week in language classes.

Scope and syllabus

Burmese Language 2 is designed to develop the language skills acquired in Burmese Language 1, or equivalent prior study, incorporating the study of a range of contemporary prose texts and recorded audio material. In addition students have regular practice in Burmese language conversation with a native speaker of Burmese.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination (70%) and oral examination (20%) taken in May/June; four assessed classroom or homework tasks taken in weeks 5 and 11, term 1, and in weeks 5 and 11, term 2 (total 10%)

Suggested reading

No specialist reading list required beyond existing provision for Burmese Language 2. 

Useful reference texts include:

  • Cunningham, Nance, and Aung Soe Min. Burmese-English English-Burmese dictionar. Βanɡkokː Paiboon. 2009.
  • Myanmmar Language Commission. Myanmar-English Dictionary. Dunwoody Pr, 1996.
  • Okell, John, and Anna Joan Allott. Burmese/Myanmar dictionary of grammatical forms. Routledge, 2001.
  • Okell, John. A Guide to the Romanization of Burmese. Luzac [for] The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, 1971.


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