BA Thai Studies
(Award available for year: Bachelor of Arts)
On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:- communicate fluently, effectively, skilfully and appropriately, both orally and in written form, in the Thai language, maintaining a high degree of grammatical accuracy, with native or other competent speakers;- Read Thai language newspapers, books, documents and other written materials;- demonstrate a sound familiarity with Thai literary writings and styles- Engage in complex conversations and discussions, in Thai, on a variety of topics, requiring a diverse technical vocabulary;- demonstrate consolidated and extended knowledge and understanding of complex structures of the Thai language;- demonstrate sophisticated receptive and productive language skills, and some experience of mediation language skills, in a variety of contexts;- demonstrate a detailed and insightful awareness and understanding of Thai social, cultural, 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;- demonstrate an ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to problem solving associated with a number of academic disciplines, and to think in an inter-disciplinary manner;- exercise critical analytical abilities in respect of the disciplinary modules;- effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms;- proficiently use basic generic and subject specific intellectual qualities;- draw clear and close connections between linguistic competence and insightful understanding of Thai contemporary contexts;- apply generic and subject specific intellectual qualities to standard situations outside the context in which they were originally studied;- demonstrate an ability to present a structured, coherent and sophisticated argument, both orally and in written form;- demonstrate an ability to work independently within a structured environment.
Transferable (key) skills
Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:- advanced linguistic qualities and transferable skills relevant to employment and life more generally;- an advanced ability to draw connections between language, academic learning and context;- advanced contextual awareness and consolidated skills of contextual immersion;- advanced skills of deduction, argument and both oral and written presentation;- advanced skills of information retrieval and synthesis;- an advanced ability to use information and computing technology effectively as a means of communication and as an aid to learning;- advanced skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility;- advanced skills of time and organisational management.
Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:- regular written, oral and aural tests during the course of the year to ascertain students' level of progress with: the Thai script; the Thai intonation system; Thai reading and writing ability; Thai vocabulary development and use; Thai grammar and syntax; the Thai context;- continuous assessment, essays and end-of-semester examinations in both Thai language and in students' disciplinary modules.