[Blueboard] Next Cycle of Thai Language Cours

Ateneo Center for Asian Studies acas.soss at ateneo.edu
Mon Mar 18 11:04:48 +08 2019

2019 Asian Languages Program at the Ateneo Center for Asian Studies (ACAS)

Basic Thai Language Course

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

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:

By 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


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

Location: Ateneo de Manila University Campus

Course fee: Php 5000 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 at ateneo.edu or visit us at https://acas.ateneo.edu/

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