Undergraduate | ANU-BURM1003 | 2024
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About this subject
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Use an active vocabulary of around 700 Burmese words in spoken and written forms.
- Reproduce Burmese pronunciation in Burmese script with some basic knowledge of irregular spellings.
- Recognise situations in everyday life and give appropriate verbal responses using correct grammar and vocabulary.
- Read and reproduce written texts in the spoken-style Burmese such as basic personal stories, speech scripts, signs and simple advertisement.
- Demonstrate an understanding of cultural practices including social etiquettes, basic knowledge of Myanmar’s traditional and national events.
- Lesson 1 More varieties of expression for greetings and small talk
- Lesson 2 Let’s describe your study areas and after-school interests
- Lesson 3 Introducing your family members and their occupations
- Lesson 4 Talking about daily routine activities
- Lesson 5 How to count and describe items you see at home and the market
- Lesson 6 Impress the interviewer with your ability
- Lesson 7 Informal greetings plus food related expressions
- Lesson 8 Climate, geography and ethnicities – compare the differences
- Lesson 9 Restriction and permissions – feel the freedom of festive season
- Lesson 10 Helpful responses to use when listening to a speaker
- Lesson 11 A conversation on health and the naming of body parts
- Lesson 12 Discussing future plans and organising an event
This course builds on the skills learned in Burmese 1 and continues studying spoken-style Burmese in both oral and written expressions.
In this course, students will become more aware of Myanmar’s socio-cultural aspects in daily conversation and simple passages. Students will expand their vocabulary, learn and use more complex grammatical structures including how to express abilities, experiences, and comparisons. The topics include the education system, part-time job interviews, Myanmar’s geography, and diverse ethnicities, some traditional festival activities, and the differences between big cities and rural areas.
The course invites Burmese native speakers and Myanmar specialists as guests to broaden their knowledge of Myanmar culture. Through these interactions students also improve their Burmese receptive, interactive, and productive skills.
Via face-to-face video at a set time prescribed by the University. Please be aware of potential time zone differences.
Each week students are expected to study for 6 hours as follows:
1. 90 minutes in total, before each online class, working on the written and audio materials for the week, and, memorising the written and spoken forms of that week’s vocabulary
2. 180 minutes in total, participating in two 90-minute online classes
3. 90 minutes in total, completing online follow-up exercises regarding listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and vocabulary
It is also expected that students should spend at least 4 hours of individual study practicing the week’s written and spoken language forms and vocabulary and reviewing feedback on their work.
You may be required to take a placement test.
- Mid-term listening comprehension test (5%)
- Quizzes x 10 (15%)
- Class Participation (5%)
- Mid-term oral test (10%)
- Final exam (25%)
- Mid-term written test (15%)
- Final oral exam (15%)
- Final listening comprehension test (10%)
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