Mode of Attendance: Part-time
Fees: Course fees quoted are per term of 10 weeks.
This course introduces basic grammatical concepts, essential vocabulary and key aspects of pronunciation, with a particular focus on being able to work out the correct tones and pronounce them accurately. You will have opportunities to practise communicating in Thai on daily topics (see course content below), listen for the gist of a short conversation, write in Thai and read basic passages in Thai script. As the course progresses, it aims to provide you with further confidence and vocabulary to discuss more complex topics, write and read more challenging texts in the language.
The course covers the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The reading and writing exercises are designed to fast-track students to being able to read Thai script accurately. Students will also get to practise conversational skills by acting out pre-written dialogues and customising them. You are expected to attend regularly, participate in class and complete homework regularly to ensure learning progress. You will receive regular feedback from your tutor.
The course will be based on the textbook: Smyth, D. (2017) Complete Thai, Teach Yourself Books: London.
The textbook is not included in the fee and can be purchased from SOAS bookshop firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entry Requirements and Progression Route
For the first stage of Thai Beginners (i.e. Beginners 1), no previous knowledge is required. To be able to join Beginners 2 or 3 you should have completed Beginners 1 and 2 respectively at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (20 hours per each sub-level). The progression route from Thai Beginners 1 is to Thai Beginners 2; from Beginners 2 to Beginners 3. Upon successful completion of Thai Beginners 3 you will be able to progress to the Elementary level course in Thai.
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See more information on the Thai language and courses in Thai offered at SOAS Language Centre on the Thai Language Homepage.
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