Advanced Study of Thai

Applications Due: March 5, 2014

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES (N.B. Details will vary for 2014)

Week/ Lesson

Topic

Function

1/1

Family and relatives Describe self, personal background

1/2

Meeting people in Thailand Describe self, personal background

2/3

Marriage rites & ceremonies Personal background Experiential activity: Interview someone about his or her marriage and reaction to it.

2/4

Life in the village and city Comparisons and contracts

3/5

Levels of language usage, Register shifts Experiential activity: A trip to the night market for conversation with people and merchants from a variety of different social groups.

3/6

Exercise, rest, hobbies extended descriptions

4/7

Beliefs in fortune telling, Description, abstract topics omens, ghosts, spirits

4/8

Religion, death, funerals,  Discussing abstract topics

5/9

Education Giving opinions, discussing abstract topics

5/10

Occupations Discussing work, completing applications, evaluating applications

6/11

The environment Giving opinions, supporting and opposing, opinions, debating, abstract topics

6/12

Human rights, social inequities,expressing and supporting opinions

Experiential activity: A visit to a Buddhist temple for conversation with the monks.

7/13

Politics and goverment, hypothesizing, supporting opinions Experiential activity: Discipline-specific site visit(s), i.e., studying the broader social impact of the current economic crisis.

7/14

Organizing interview topic Eliciting opinions, setting background, abstract and formal discussion

7/15

Preparing interview topics Formal prose structures (oral and written)

8/16

Presenting interview results orally Strategies in public speaking and in writing (Introducing the topic, citing evidence, presenting examples, comparing and contrasting, illustrating points, expressing opinions, making suggestions, emphasizing, supplementing, summarizing, etc.)

8/17

Locating an audience Publicity, formal discourse

8/18

Evaluation discourse Soliciting, evaluating and reporting, on reactions, formal strategies

 


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