Online Burmese courses at two levels - August 2020
Each course is taught online in ten days over two weeks from 3-14 August 2020. Classes will be scheduled at a time to suit learners in Europe and SEAsia, and early-risers on the eastern side of North America. The class starting times will be 1100, 1215 and 1330 UK time - each level will have two hour̩-lonɡ classes startinɡ at two of those times.
Each course is worth 7.5 SOAS credits.
You will have two hours of real-time online tuition each day, in general one hour focused on speaking/listening and one hour on reading/writing.
The course is assessed by means of a study portfolio of homework tasks and a short written assignment.
Instructors: Justin Watkins and Thazin
Before applying, applicants are encouraged to contact Justin Watkins for further information about these and other online Burmese courses at SOAS.
This course offers two different routes that run concurrently; please choose one from the selection below when applying.
The tuition fee per course is £410 (in addition to a £40 application fee).
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Burmese online B: post-beginners
For students who have previously undertaken the equivalent of about 20 hours instruction (e.g. a beginners' summer course). You will consolidate and expand your first encounters with written and spoken Burmese.
- You will learn to interact using Burmese on a range of simple topics (greetings, shops, eating, family, travel) using language appropriate to the social context, following a structured course based on simple social interactions.
- You will expand your repertoire of grammatical structures and vocabulary in the language.
- You will also review and improve your ability to read and write by reading simple texts (written correspondence, signs etc) and practising writing simple sentences on everyday topics.
Burmese online D: intermediate
This is a course in intermediate Burmese – spoken and written – for students who have completed the equivalent of at least 60-80 hours of instruction and already have an intermediate ability to speak, read and understand the language (e.g. the SOAS module Burmese Language 1B, Yangon course level 3/4)
- You will improve your listening and speaking skills at the intermediate level by studying a range of authentic audio materials. You will practise speaking Burmese and expand your repertoire of grammatical structures and vocabulary.
- You will also read a selection of intermediate-level fiction and non-fiction texts in both the formal and colloquial styles of Burmese to extend your ability to read and understand complex sentences.
Start of programme: 3rd August 2020
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
- A university student or a graduate at the time of attending the summer school, and 18+ years of age. Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.
- 2 weeks, 3rd - 14th August 2020
£410, in addition to a one-off, non-refundable £40 application fee.