Thai 100B: Intermediate Thai

Category: Languages
Course #: 32811
Units: 5
Times and Locations:

MF 5-6:30 pm

Social Sciences Building 115

W 5-7 pm

Social Sciences Building 186

Intermediate Thai 100B continues to integrate cultural awareness into language education. In Spring 2022, we will emphasize the shift from the concrete to the abstract in Thai language and culture. Students will learn to read longer and more abstract writing, advertisements from newspapers, articles from webpages. The class will cover expressions, figures of speech, higher level grammar, and hierarchical pronouns. Writing will move from descriptive to expository. To increase verbal skills and cultural education, students will watch karaoke, advertisements, and films. We will also use authentic and contemporary materials such as Thai commercials, songs, and movies including modern media platforms such as TikTok and YouTube to enhance aural comprehension. The students will participate in a cultural holiday such as Songkran. To promote conversation, students will engage in remote conversational practice with assigned partners from Thailand every other week. Using Thai as the language of instruction will gradually increase student’s understanding by up to 80-90% towards the end of the semester. Pandemic health mandates permitting, one or more in-person field trips to the Thai Berkeley Temple is envisaged, to increase immersion in Thai language and culture through various activities such as ordering food, community conversation, and cultural lessons with monks and traditional Thai music instruments.