FLTH 203-204 Syllabus (5 Credit
Hours per semester)
Class Schedule: TBA
Lang. Lab. Instruction: TBA
Thai for Beginners and Thai for Intermediate Learners (for
practicing all 4 skills). These texts can be purchased online, e.g. Amazon.
Thai Reader (online:http://www.seasite.niu.edu/Thai/thaireader/frameset.htm)
Thai-English Students Dictionary by Mary Haas (to be ordered from Amazon.com
To build on the skills
acquired in Beginning Thai but at an accelerated pace, which is afforded
by the smaller class size. Acquisition of new vocabulary will be tested in pop-quizzes; each
student will be expected to use the Mary Haas Thai English dictionary with skill by the end of
the semester. Detailed instructions on the use of the dictionary can be found on
www.seasite.niu.edu/thai (see Overview).
You will need to memorize dialogs for role playing and free
conversation based on
the contents in Thai for Beginners and/or Thai for Intermediate Learners.
Reader: You practice reading them aloud to yourself so that your fluency will
the course of the semester. This means that you will need to listen to them being read over and
over, imitating the speakers rate of reading and pronunciation. Class time will be spent discussing
the content, grammar, and meaning. You should come to class with prepared questions of your
own in Thai,either of a general conversational nature or questions concerning the meaning, use,
translation, grammatical function of words or constructions. The use of English in class is strongly
In addition to the two texts for listening and speaking and Thai Reader assignments, each student will be expected to find an
additional learning resource on SEAsite (food, travel. music, news, etc.) to work on outside of
class and to turn in a report on the learning experience. Part of your language training is to become
an independent learner, to go beyond the confines of the classroom.
addition to the pop-quizzes; there will be a mid-term and final. Class preparation
homework) and participation will be graded as well.
Final 40 %
Pop Quizes 10%
Class prep/part. 10%
Individual proj. 10%
Failing: 59 and below