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- 25 Jul 2022
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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 frequently used in the literary style.
- Use an active vocabulary of around 1,600 items, including both colloquial style words and literary style words drawn from Pali.
- Use sophisticated grammatical patterns in colloquial Burmese conversation and writing on matters regularly encountered in university, the work place, and at leisure; demonstrate knowledge of and analyse the grammar of literary Burmese and appropriate vocabulary for the style, largely drawn from Pail.
- Demonstrate a solid knowledge of colloquial style Burmese in reading and writing by producing analysis of current affairs and short essays on a range of themes; comprehend basic, longer passages written in the literary style, such as notices, instructions and very short essays appeared in newspapers and magazines.
- Appraise in an academic manner the cultural and social practices of Burmese societies.
- Lesson 1 Martyr’s Day
- 19th of July is the Martyr’s Day. On the day in 1947 General Aung San was assassinated without seeing Burma’s independence. Let’s learn how Burmese people spend this day.
- Lesson 2 “ 8888 ”
- Burmese people remember the crackdown against civilian’s peaceful demonstration happened in Yangon on 8th of August in 1988. Two Burmese tell their memories.
- Lesson 3 Organizing a Business Meeting
- Let’s brush up business negotiation skills in Burmese. Imagine you are sent to Myanmar in order to establish a branch of your company. One day the head quarter asked you a task.
- Lesson 4 Myanmar History - The Captive of the Myanmar’s Last King
- This is an opportunity to learn Myanmar history related words and expressions. This week we will learn about the end of the Burmese Kingdom.
- Lesson 5 Myanmar History – Colonial Period
- The history of British colonial period in the twentieth century is also a history of Burmese nationalism. How their narratives are accepted by today’s Myanmar people?
- Lesson 6 Nat Spirits and the Festivals
- Together with pagoda festivals, Myanmar’s another well-known events are Nat Spirit Festivals. Their passionate and entertainment feature attract pilgrimages.
- Lesson 7 The Tradition of Drinking Water Pots for Public
- This is a Buddhist teaching based beautiful tradition in Myanmar. In today’s changing society, how do they maintain this tradition?
- Lesson 8 I Have Got Stolen!
- If you lost your belongings, when your valuables were stolen, how will you report to the authorities? This chapter will give you some ideas.
- Lesson 9 Our Benefactors, Our Uncles
- Myanmar’s school textbook describes Myanmar as an agricultural country and teach children to pay respect to farmers and peasants.
- Lesson 10 National Flag
- What is the meaning of the national flag for Myanmar people? One of the important aspects is as a symbol of unity of many ethnicities living in the country.
- Lesson 11 A Media Interview: Writing in Burmese
- Familiarise yourself to listening to radio interviews. This is a cultural program about an significant trend of Burmese literature during the colonial period.
- Lesson 12 Burmese Literature: Theikpan Maung Wa
- Theikpan Maung Wa, was a popular author in the 1930s and his short stories and essays are still widely read in Myanmar. Here is his work, now you can read authentic literary style.
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
Students must have completed ANU Burmese 3 or have equivalent knowledge.
- 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
- Other requirements - 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. Please make sure your computer and devices can read Unicode Burmese font.
This subject will build on the skills learned in Burmese 3. Students will expand their Burmese conversational skills to intermediate level and will be able to use more sophisticated grammar to describe their daily lives.
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 course activities. 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%)
Current study term: 24 Jul 22 to 28 Oct 22
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