Thai Course Info
TFL: Thai as a Foreign Language
Design Your Thai, Design Your Life in Thailand
TFL is designed to teach you Thai language the way you learned your first language by directly associating words (written and spoken) with objects, actions and ideas that convey meanings. There is no translation. Grammar, Syntax, and Vocabulary are taught through REAL LIFE Examples.
The primary destination of the TFL courses is two-fold.
1. To help you learn a language quickly, easily, and correctly
2. To equip you with the strategies and confidence that will aid your understanding and communication in the real world.
All new students will have to complete a Thai placement test to ascertain their appropriate study level. There are 4 skills used in learning languages which are speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Any skills that have been employed a lot will be stronger than tones used less. Therefore, courses will be designed to fix their weak skills and enhance their strengths at the same time.
For example, Student A can speak Thai fluently but does not know anything about reading and writing in Thai. Student A may choose to study
1. Thai in hand: Beginners which enable him/her to understand basic reading and writing
2. Thai on the Rocks II for listening and speaking skills
Our Thai lessons are taught by professional Thai teachers who speak English very well. All teachers are friendly and very supportive. If you have problems about Thai language outside the class, please feel free to contact us for any kind of support.
1. Cool Thai: Beginners (60 Hours)
This course is designed for students who have little or no knowledge of Thai. It consists of an intensive study of spoken Thai with emphasis on communication skills. Regular field trips and cultural activities will supplement the course material. A cultural trip/activity will supplement the course material.
2. Thai in hand: Beginners (60 Hours)
This course is an introduction to Thai writing and reading. It can be taken concurrently with Cool Thai I and Cool Thai II and is prerequisite for students who wish to proceed to the Thai on the Rocks module. It can also be taken as a separate course by students who already have spoken proficiency in Thai.
3. Thai on the Rocks I: Elementary (30 Hours)
This course consolidates communication skills with an emphasis on reading. Different types of discourse will be studied through a variety of Thai language media. Field trips and attendance at community cultural activities will comprise an additional 1 hour per week as an assessable assignment.
4. Thai on the Rocks II: Intermediate (20 Hours)
This course consolidates and further develops knowledge and skills in oral and written Thai. The course is intended to equip students with resources to identify speech registers and to analyze discourse types. Field trips and attendance at community cultural activities will comprise the additional hour per week as an assessable assignment.
5. Professional Thai: Advanced (20 Hours)
Professional Speaking: Students will practice having conversations on a variety of topics including intensive discussion, business presentation, opinion and feeling expressions. It will be tailor-made for students to achieve their goals. Students will learn Thai advanced level words and phrases used in specific ways such as exclamations, complicated conjunctions and prepositions, royal and monk words, and complicated slang and idioms. Thai cultural, traditional, and historical issues are taught via Thai language. Students will have a chance to experience some parts of well-known Thai literature, which generate many Thai proverbs and idioms. Thai lessons will give students insight of Thai culture, society and values especially in the past. Complicated papers such as academic articles, research, agreements, and legal documents are used to increase the student’s reading skill capability. Students will learn and practice to write different kind of complicated writing.
1. By the end of the “Cool Thai” course:
• Students will be able to communicate through listening and speaking and maintain very simple exchanges in the basic themes of everyday life situations, e.g. greetings, meeting people, buying things, ordering food, asking directions, telling time, etc.
2. By the end of “Thai in hand” course:
• Students will be able to recognize and understand familiar topics in short simple stories. In writing, students will be able to write basic factual information about familiar things in simple sentences.
3. By the end of “Thai on the Rocks I” course:
• Students will be able to communicate through listening and speaking in face to face conversations with people and on the telephone.
• They will also be able to describe familiar things, convey their own opinions fairly precisely.
• Students will be able to get the main ideas from simple TV and radio news on general topics.
• Students will be able to read and write simple texts on familiar topics.
• They will be able to write a letter to express their own opinions on basic services (e.g. hospital) and convey such things fairly precisely.
4. By the end of “Thai on the Rocks II” course:
• Students will be able to understand and follow a conversation and to communicate in fairly complex and abstract topics such as political events.
• They will be able to understand the main points from TV and radio news stories, interviews, speak and take part in conversations on fairly complex, abstract things, and use a range of words to convey the same meanings.
• Students will be able to read general news stories in newspapers and semi-technical texts in familiar fields and read short novels.
• They will be able to write and discuss fairly abstract and complex things, although with some mistakes, and they may still need to use a dictionary to convey the message.
5. By the end of “Professional Thai” course:
• Students will practice having conversations on different topics for deeper discussion, business presentation and opinion expression.
• The lesson will provide special words and phrases used in specific ways such as exclamations, conjunctions and prepositions, royal/monk words, and complicated slang and idioms.
• Learning language and culture are parallel. As you learn Thai culture, the logic of Thai language will become more apparent.
• The lessons will explain vital Thai history and interesting Thai traditions.
• Students will have a chance to enhance their experience into some parts of well-known Thai literature, which generate many Thai proverbs and idioms. Thai lesson will give students insight into Thai culture, society and values especially in the past.
• You will read complex papers such as agreements, contracts, laws, etc.
• You will gain knowledge of and practice writing complex papers such as drafting an agreements, contracts, or any documents related to business.