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Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Use an active vocabulary of around 1,100 Burmese words in spoken and written forms.
- Reproduce Burmese pronunciation in Burmese script, including basic words drawn from Pali.
- Demonstrate grammatical knowledge of the spoken-style Burmese in short conversations on topics learned throughout the course.
- Read and write in a more sophisticated style of spoken Burmese with an awareness of formal and informal registers.
- Demonstrate an understanding of traditional culture and festivities including Buddhist related practices in Myanmar.
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, participate 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.
- 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 course builds upon the skills and knowledge achieved in Burmese 2. Students will expand their knowledge of the spoken-style Burmese and most of its grammatical expressions. Upon completion of the course, students will gain more sophisticated spoken and written language skills.
In this course, students will look deeper into Myanmar’s traditional and changing lifestyles in recent years including activities at weddings, funerals and seasonal festivities. Folktales, stories of Buddha’s life and Buddhist-related rituals such as ordinations as novices and meditation practices are also included in the course. Students should be able to express both appreciation and offer insightful discussions about Myanmar’s traditional culture.
By the end of the course, students will learn vocabulary related to the topics above, new spoken-style grammar and expressions. Students will use different registers for formal/informal languages and learn more advanced communication skills for situations at university and in the workplace.
The course often invites Burmese native speakers and Myanmar specialists as guests to enhance students’ speaking abilities and exposure to the language. Students will be encouraged to make a short presentation on the topics learned to the guests. Through these interactions, students will improve their Burmese receptive, interactive, and productive skills.
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%)
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