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Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Reproduce Burmese pronunciation in Burmese script, including basic words drawn from Pali.
- Use an active vocabulary around 1,100 items.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the syntax of colloquial Burmese for use in short conversations and text on topics beyond those of daily life: demonstrate a basic knowledge of the grammar of literary Burmese and appropriate vocabulary for the style.
- Read and write in a more sophisticated style of colloquial Burmese on such specific or technical topics a university study and experiences in the work place, with an awareness of formal and informal registers; read short passages written in the literary style, such a notices in public and some excerpts from Burmese school textbooks.
- Lesson 1 A Special Glutinous Rice Making Event
- Be curious. How to ask the name and nature of something. Try to experience various activities.
- Lesson 2 At a Library
- Borrowing a book at the University’s library. Can you describe the interior conditions of the room?
- Lesson 3 Weddings
- Let’s learn about Burmese weddings and their customs. How can we describe the clothes they are wearing?
- Lesson 4 Sports
- What are Myanmar people’s favourite sports? Sports related vocabulary plus useful expressions when driving a car.
- Lesson 5 Ordination of One’s Son as a Novice
- Deepen your knowledge of the Burmese Buddhist tradition. Also let’s learn how to say ‘before ….. ’and ‘after ….. ’.
- Lesson 6 Burmese New Year
- Now you can talk about the new year ‘water festival’ in Burmese. Also let’s learn how to say ‘now’ and ‘then’.
- Lesson 7 Animals
- Are you keeping animals at home? Talk about life with your pet. Some animal related culture in Myanmar will be introduced here.
- Lesson 8 Folk Tales
- Exploring Burmese folk tales. Let’s learn some informal expressions and styles.
- Lesson 9 The Watering Banyan Trees Festival Held in the Month of Kason
- This is another ‘water festival’ and an important Buddhist tradition. Several varieties of expression for wishing and hoping will be introduced here.
- Lesson 10 Funerals
- If you attend a funeral in Myanmar and don’t know how to behave ….. How to ask a question and seek advice from a superior.
- Lesson 11 Learning Cooking
- How to describe objects and actions when cooking. Some informal/friendly expressions will also be introduced.
- Lesson 12 The Rainy Season Has Begun
- Why do people in Myanmar love the rainy season? Let’s learn about it through using words related to weather forecasts.
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
To have completed ANU Burmese 2 or to have equivalent knowledge.
- Other requirements - Please make sure your computer and devices can read Unicode Burmese font. This is a fast paced academic course at a University level
This subject will expand upon the competencies learned in Burmese 2. Students will develop lower intermediate spoken and written language skills in Burmese. By the end of the subject students will be able to conduct a simple conversation and find their way around in Myanmar.
Type Description Weight (%) Quizzes x 10 Weekly quizzes 15% Mid-term Exams (1) Listening, (2) Writing & Reading, (3) Composition and (4) Speaking 30% Final Exams (1) Listening, (2) Writing & Reading, (3) Composition and (4) Speaking 50% Class Participation Contribution to the ourse acctivities. Not the numbers of attendance. 5%
- 10 Weekly quizzes (15%)
- Mid Term Exam: (1) Listening, (2) Writing & Reading, (3) Composition and (4) Speaking (30%)
- Final Exam: (1) Listening, (2) Writing & Reading, (3) Composition and (4) Speaking (50%)
- Class Participation (5%)