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Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Recognise and pronounce the 32 Burmese consonants, seven basic vowels, and three tones, as well as other distinctive features of Burmese pronunciation such as glottal stops.
- Reproduce Burmese pronunciation according to the Romanization system used by SOAS, London University, to support the basic use of English-Burmese and Burmese-English dictionaries; recognize the Burmese script and reproduce basic words in it.
- Use an active vocabulary of around 300 items.
- Recognise and produce sentence structures in colloquial Burmese to allow short conversations and the reading and writing of short, basic texts.
- Understand and compose basic forms of colloquial style of Burmese such as greetings and simple questions and answers about personal details, statements on the quantity and quality of things they encounter in everyday life.
- Demonstrate an understanding of basic cultural practices such as honorifics for Burmese names and the custom of birthdays of the week.
- Lesson 1 Welcome and introduction Burmese pronunciation Our romanization system for Burmese
- Lesson 2 From greetings to small talk Some essential rules of Burmese grammar Burmese names
- Lesson 3 Naming things in Burmese How to say the possessive in Burmese
- Lesson 4 Having snacks and drinks at a tea house Request forms (How to ask others to do something)
- Lesson 5 Shopping, sightseeing and visiting pagodas Adjectives and adverbs Daily schedules
- Lesson 6 Introduction of Burmese characters 1.Vowels, 2.Consonants and 3.Exercises Burmese new year song
- Lesson 7 Review of Lesson 2 in Burmese characters
- Lesson 8 Review of Lesson 3 in Burmese characters
- Lesson 9 Review of Lesson 4 in Burmese characters.
- Lesson 10 Review of Lesson 5 in Burmese characters.
- Lesson 11 Family terms Calendars Birthdays (Burmese celebrate birthdays both annually and every week as well) To make a suggestion to do something together with others.
- Lesson 12 Transportation (How to travel to your destination) Why? (How to show the reason)
You may be required to take a placement test.
- Equipment requirements - To successfully engage in this course students will need the following: • Laptop or computer • Computer camera (either inbuilt or webcam) • Headset with microphone • Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser • Reliable internet access • Access to a scanner or smartphone
This subject will introduce students to the Burmese language, and provide them with communicative commands at an Introductory level, with an emphasis on conversation in everyday situations. Students will also begin to familiarise themselves with reading and writing Burmese script.
Via face-to-face video at a set time prescribed by the University. Please be aware of potential time zone differences.
This is a fast paced academic course at a University level.
- Quizzes x 10 (15%)
- Final listening comprehension test (10%)
- Mid-term oral test (10%)
- Mid-term listening comprehension test (5%)
- Mid-term written test (10%)
- Class participation (5%)
- Final oral exam (20%)
- Final written exam (25%)