SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Burmese Language 2 (Postgraduate)

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1 Unit

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the course, 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
  7. knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and Burmese in particular, in language-based scholarship and research (specific learning outcome for PG students)


This course will be taught over 20 with 4 hours classroom contact per week. 10 research seminars to be attended 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

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 taken in May-June (50%); a language learning portfolio consisting of a set of marked homework, short in-class tests, translation projects (30%); oral examination of 15 minutes (15%); 4x classroom tasks (5% total).

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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