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Online Academic Summer School

Burmese Language (Online) (2020 entry)

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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).

Apply now to secure your place!

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.

Venue: other

Start of programme: 3rd August 2020

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Entry requirements

  • 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.

Featured events

2 weeks, 3rd - 14th August 2020

Tuition fees

£410, in addition to a one-off, non-refundable £40 application fee.


Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Fees and funding


How to Apply

Apply now to secure your place.

Once you have paid the £40 application fee and submitted the online application form, you will be informed as to whether you have a place on the course within 5 working days. Please do not pay your tuition fee prior to having received your offer letter.

Application Deadline

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. Apply now to secure your place.

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