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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST1703 Basic Thai Language and Culture 1

20 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Adcharawan Seeger

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

GCSE in a foreign language
other than English, or equivalent or evidence of aptitude for language

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

Learn the graceful Thai script and study the basic structures and vocabulary of modern spoken and written Thai for survival and communication in real life situations.Thai social customs, values and behaviour are taught through language study.For further information see the East Asian Studies website


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Read and write all Thai consonants, vowels and diphthongs;
- Understand the system for indentifying intonation;
- Pronounce Thai clearly and accurately;
- Communicate orally and in written form using at least 300 Thai words;
- Read and write short phrases in Thai;
- Have a basic understanding of Thai grammar;
- Understand simple spoken Thai and be able to talk, in a simple way and with reasonable fluency, about self, family and friends;
- Understand some of the principal Thai social customs, manners, values and behaviour.


This module introduces students to the basic structural elements of the Thai language.

It focuses principally on the writing system and the rules of intonation that are identifiable therein. It focuses on good Thai pronunciation, and some basic elements of grammar and syntax. It will involve reading some simple texts, with the use of a dictionary, and will introduce students to a number of phrases that will be used in everyday small-talk situations. The students will also learn to talk about themselves.

Through using the Thai language, they will learn about basic facets of Thai culture and social interaction. Survival level oral and aural skills in the spoken Thai language will also be introduced, generally in a language laboratory context.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours140.00
Total Contact hours60.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Preparation for and review of classes, including written assignments: 100 hours
- Preparation for mid-semester test: 6 hours
- Exam preparation: 34 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Regular weekly written exercises
- Class performance
- Monthly aural tests
- Mid-semester test.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentMid-semester test30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 10 mins30.00
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) (S2)2 hr 00 mins40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

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: 13/10/2023


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