Thai Language 2

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FHEQ Level
South East Asia Section

Module overview


Thai Language 1A and Thai Language 1B

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The objectives of the module are to equip students with:

  • the ability to understand straightforward Thai spoken at near-normal speed and converse on everyday topics with reasonable accuracy and fluency
  • the ability to read/translate/summarize/extract information from straightforward authentic texts written in Thai
  • the ability to make written translations of simple passages from English into Thai using correct grammar and spelling
  • the ability to write short compositions in Thai on everyday subjects
  • further knowledge and understanding about the Thai language, including grammar, phonology, the writing system, loan words and levels of language use.

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

  • an appropriate knowledge and understanding of Thai grammar beyond the beginner’s level
  • an appropriate passive and active command of Thai vocabulary beyond the beginner’s level
  • an ability to understand spoken Thai and converse on everyday topics
  • an ability to read and translate into English short passages of authentic Thai written in a straightforward style
  • an ability to translate straightforward passages from English to Thai, using correct grammar and spelling
  • an ability to write short essays in Thai


This module is taught over 22 weeks with 4 hours classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

The syllabus provides structured learning materials to enable the student to build upon the skills acquired in Thai Language 1 and to begin to engage with authentic texts

This module is core for Year 2 students on the following programmes

  • BA Thai
  • BA Thai and …
  • BA South East Asian Studies (including year abroad) where Thai is the chosen language

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (70%); an oral examination of 20 minutes duration taken in May/June (20%); regular assessed homework assignments (10%).

Suggested reading

  • Teach Yourself Thai - David Smyth (2003)


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