2019 ACAS Language Courses – Thai

BASIC THAI 1: THAI FOR BEGINNERS

Course description:
Thai/Standard Thai/Siamese is the national/official language of Kingdom of Thailand. It represents a variety of Central Thai dialect, which is used widely throughout the country. Thai belongs to Tai language family, which is, to some extent, related to languages in India, Myanmar, Laos, northern Vietnam, southern China, and Malay Peninsula. Thai, according to Iwasaki and Preeya (2005) has several typological characteristics. It is a tonal language with five contrastive tones. As all of the varieties of Tai, Thai is monosyllabic. Unlike most of European or Austronesian languages, Thai does not apply inflectional morphology to code grammatical information such as number and gender for nouns and verbs. And it uses various classifiers for counting different kinds of objects. Moreover, since 13th century, the writing system has been imposed by King Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai dynasty. This system was adapted from Khmer, which originated in India.

To be able to achieve any business or enjoy any activity in Thailand, the country never colonized by westerners, learning Thai, especially the language is the first thing non-Thai speakers should practise. Thai people of any levels of education use only Thai as their medium of communication; they do not speak other languages if not necessary. Or a great number of them are monolinguals; they do not know, due to low frequency of foreign language use, other languages even English. Likewise, to reach fluently all-skilled proficiency in Indic-derived alphabet Thai tonal language involves a great investment in time. However, as far as I am concerned, in Thai everyday life, it is not necessary to achieve that high/advanced level. Non-Thai speakers who are able to use any Thai, even at the beginning level can meet with success in communicating with Thai people in spite of some common errors produced.

This Thai language course applies a linguistic approach to the teaching of Thai as a second language. It covers phonology, syntax (structure), and semantics (contextual meanings). Students will learn to recognize, produce, and compare significant sounds of Thai language to their own tongue. And they will be able to classify the functions of words and form their own simple clauses and/or sentences. In addition, they will know the meaning of words in context. The whole course is primarily composed of ten chapters, which includes dialogue, vocabulary, grammatical structure, and cultural information. Besides, reading and writing for beginners will be imposed as well.

​​This ​course introduces students to basic words and sentence structures commonly used in spoken Thai. They will learn a vocabulary of more than 500 words used in various life situations, such as leisure, business, work, hobbies, and travel. They will also be introduced to the use of Thai for basic communication skills such as listening, speaking, reading and writing, in everyday situations.

Learning Objectives:
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B​​y the end of the course, the students will:

– understand basic characteristics of the​ ​Thai language and culture
– formulate basic statements, questions and requests in spoken Thai
– communicate in everyday situations using basic Thai words and sentence structures

Class Schedule:

17 – 28 June 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 NN
Daily, Weekdays

Location: Ateneo de Manila University Campus

Course fee: Php 5,000 for tuition and miscellaneous fees

Special rates apply to the Ateneo Community* and for previous and current students of ACAS language courses

*Includes faculty, administrative staff, professionals, and alumni

For more information, please call ACAS at 426-6001 local 5285 or email acas.soss@ateneo.edu

Pre-register here