Introductory Thai (THAI 101 & 102) offered in 2018-19 year.
Note: We are alternating Southeast Asian language offerings to support our field course destinations, although language classes are open to everyone (whether they're interested in the field course or not). Students taking language will be given priority in the field course application process. All Southeast Asian language courses fulfill university language requirements and Asian Studies emphasis requirements. In 2018-19 we are offering Thai (THAI 101 & 102) to accompany our 2019 field school program in Thailand.
In 2017-18, we will offer Indonesian 101 in the fall and 102 in the spring, taught by Professor Lely Shim, a native of Jakarta, Indonesia, who has taught the language at Puget sound since 2016, and who has participated in earlier, supplementary language instruction. Dialects of Malay like Indonesian are national languages of Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore, making it the sixth most spoken language in the world. Available to all interested students, Indonesian is also recommended for those interested in our 2018 field course, which will focus on conservation in Malaysian Borneo.
Indonesian 101 Course Description
This course will introduce students to the Indonesian language. It is intended for novice to basic level student with little or no prior knowledge of Indonesian language. This course will focus on basic language skills including speaking, reading, listening, and writing. Student will learn Indonesian alphabet, basic grammar, conversation style, and engage in task-based activities set in real-life situations, while gaining an understanding of the cultural contexts in which the language is spoken. Students will be able to read and write using the Indonesian alphabet and basic grammatical structures in simple sentences, speak and understand short dialogs, introduce themselves and others, describe family relations, give directions, discuss an itinerary, describe an illness, and describe a set of chronological events.
The first Southeast Asian language to be offered as part of the LIASE program is Thai, taught by Professor Panarat Imig, a native speaker from Songkhla, Thailand. Thai 101 will be offered in fall, 2015, and 102 in spring, 2016. In addition to expanding Puget Sound's language offerings for the whole campus community, Thai language will help support our 2016 field course, which will focus on the political economy of Thailand.
Thai 101 Course Description
This course is an introduction to spoken and written Thai, and is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Thai. The course emphasizes the development of comprehension skills, spoken language competence, and elementary reading and writing skills. By the end of the course, students should be able to carry on a simple conversation in Thai, read Thai words with correct pronunciation, and write words and phrases in Thai. This course satisfies the university foreign language requirement and the language requirement in the Asian Studies Emphasis.