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Nona Kurniani
Coordinator of Southeast Asian Languages Program
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Thai Language Studies

Offered in Washington DC

Thai is one of four Southeast Asian languages offered at the school. It is offered at levels based on students' needs and demands. For beginning students, Thai is offered over a two-year (four-semester) period of instruction.

Students can study Thai between their first and second year at the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Basic Courses

Thai Novice Low 
This class is for students with no or very little background in Thai. Students learn basic language functions. At the end of the semester students are able to speak simply about themselves and function in orchestrated social settings. Reading is limited to reading dialogues that support the speaking skill. Listening is geared to understanding short simplified texts of the same topics as those in speaking. By the end of the semester, students should reach novice high level.
 
Thai Novice High
This course is the second class in the four-semester sequence. In this class students expand their speaking skill toward talking about topics outside themselves. For reading, students read simplified texts on various topics, such as leisure activities, holiday, important figure, etc. Students listen to simplified texts of the same topics as those in reading with slower than normal speed. Thai basic grammar is introduced. By the end of the semester, students should reach intermediate low level.
 
Thai Intermediate Low
This course is the third class in the four-semester sequence. In this class students start reading authentic texts taken from Thai newspapers and magazines. They learn to speak about topics on current issues and school-related topics. Students listen to authentic news broadcasts with the speed slower than normal. By the end of the semester, students should reach intermediate mid I level.
 
Thai Intermediate Mid I 
This course is the last class in the four-semester sequence. In this class students deepen their reading skill and speak about current issues and school-related topics with more ease. They listen to authentic news broadcasts in normal speed. By the end of the semester, students should reach intermediate high level.

Optional Courses

In addition to the pre-proficiency classes, higher level of classes or post-proficiency classes are offered upon request and the number of students registered. The classes are designed to meet students' needs, or improve given language skills.

Thai can be used to meet the MA language graduation requirements of the Functional Studies Programs and Southeast Asian Studies. In order to pass the exams, students need to obtain the following levels per language skill:

Listening: Intermediate High
Speaking: Intermediate High
Reading:Intermediate High

PhD students only need to pass the reading proficiency exam to meet their second foreign language graduation requirement.