THAI - Introductory

MF 4-530P & W 2-4P

Continuing on from the fundamental knowledge of syllable construction learned in Thai 1A, this course is designed to  rapidly elevate student's literacy, with the goal of completely abandoning transcription by mid-semester. By the end of the course, students should be reading and writing short descriptive and creative essays, equivalent to 2nd grade students in Thai school. Students continue to learn new vocabulary, grammar and practical thematic conversation with the opportunity to practice with native speakers. Students will also be introduced to Thai customs, culture and value, through a variety of media and cultural activities. Thai is used as the language of instruction up to 20% of the time.

Prerequisite: Thai 1A, (Beginning Introductory Thai) or equivalent, by consent of instructor. Ability to speak some Thai and carry out basic conversation about oneself, family, food, and numbers. Knowledge of  the alphabet, and ability to read and write simple words at rudimentary level.


Thai Language and Culture for Beginners by Yuphaphann Hoonchamlong, University of Hawai'i Press, ISBN: 978-9747512250

Spring 2014