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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST3710 Advanced Thai Language and Culture

20 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Adcharawan Seeger
Email: a.seeger@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students who have a level of Thai that is comparable to those who have passed EAST2705 or equivalent. .

Pre-requisites

EAST2705Intermed Thai Lang & Cult 2

Module replaces

EAST3732 and EAST3733

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module, which is built on the level 2 Thai language modules, will completely be held in Thai and involve intensive and extensive reading and discussion of a range of materials in Thai, like TV programmes, films, historical documents, literary texts, newspaper articles and so on. Also, comprehension and composition will be practised intensively.

Objectives

The aim of this module is to develop students' language skills to the more advanced level that is essential to their career development and future engagement with Thailand generally, including life-long learning. Intensive training in the four language skills will address the critical issue of accuracy, particularly in the use of vocabulary and idiom, collocation, advanced grammar and syntax, and understanding the difference between spoken and written Thai. This should enable students to use Thai fluently in oral presentation, elegantly in composition, and faithfully and expressively in translation. Students should be able to use Thai as a working language to complete practical tasks and express their own ideas or collective thinking in their future work and other interactions with Thai people. The advanced language training and deeper understanding of Thai society gained through this module will also help students better understand Thai language material in a variety of media, which will be useful as they work on their Final Year Project.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- communicate fluently, effectively and appropriately, both orally and in written form, in the Thai language, maintaining a high degree of grammatical accuracy;
- read and critically analyse a variety of texts in the Thai language, such as newspapers, books, documents or other written materials;
- engage in discussions, in Thai, on a broad variety of topics, requiring a diverse technical vocabulary;
- demonstrate receptive and productive language skills, and experience of mediation language skills, in a variety of contexts;
- demonstrate consolidated and extended knowledge and understanding of structures of the Thai language;
- demonstrate a detailed and insightful awareness and understanding of Thai social, cultural, religious, political and developmental situations, commensurate with the experience of having lived in Thailand during the year abroad and having further studied the Thai context during the 3rd year;
- draw clear and close connections between linguistic competence and insightful understanding of the Thai and South East Asian historical and contemporary context;
- demonstrate the linguistic competence in Thai as would be required in a professional environment;
- write Thai fluently and accurately in all language tasks and, in translation between English and Thai, to use both languages accurately, with correct spelling and grammar.
Skills outcomes
- Strong linguistic qualities and transferable skills, such as communication skills, intercultural awareness, and analytical and critical thinking, relevant to employment and life more generally;
- A strong ability to draw connections between language, academic learning and context;
- Sound contextual and cultural awareness and consolidated skills of contextual immersion;
- Strong skills of deduction and argument demonstrated in both oral and written form;
- Strong skills of information retrieval and synthesis;
- Strong skills of time and organisational management.

Skills outcomes
Read, write and communicate effectively and accurately in Thai language on an advanced level, being able to discuss in written and oral form a range of sophisticated topics
Advanced translation skills


Syllabus

The module will principally be taught in Thai. It will involve reading and discussing Thai newspaper and magazine articles, books, Thai websites, literary texts, and technical documents. It will also include observing Thai language documentary programmes and news on TV. The module also involves extensive conversation, class room presentations, comprehension and composition exercises, all conducted exclusively in Thai. Students will further advance their skills in translation from and into Thai that were developed in level 2.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Practical841.0084.00
Private study hours0.00
Total Contact hours84.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)84.00

Private study

- hours of preparation & review for classes: 100 hours; This includes the following activities;
Completing homework exercise on translation, grammar or writing exercises in order to participate in class discussion; preparing oral presentations; making use of online learning materials to improve vocabulary and reading skills;
- Examination preparation (for oral, aural and written exams): 16 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Observation of class participation; regular homework (writing of essays, vocabulary training); oral presentations in the class room

Methods of assessment


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) 3 hr 00 mins50.00
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) 2 hr 00 mins25.00
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 20 mins25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/09/2019

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