SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Burmese Language and Texts

Module Code:
Unit value:
Year of study:
Year 3
Taught in:
Full Year


155900997: Burmese Language 2 or equivalent knowledge.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The objectives of the course are to

  • improve the student’s reading skills through reading a range of authentic texts
  • overcome some of the problems that occur when moving from simplified to authentic texts in Burmese
  • increase the student’s capacity to understand linguistic structures encountered in literary style Burmese
  • widen the student’s knowledge of aspects of Burmese culture and society and current affairs from the readings chosen

At the end of a course, a student should be able to demonstrate:

  • the ability to read, understand and extract information from authentic Burmese texts on a variety of topics
  • the ability to translate authentic Burmese texts into English


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

Designed to develop language skills and at the same time enhance the student’s understanding of Burmese culture and values through the study of a range of contemporary texts and recorded audio material, which can often be selected to reflect students' particular interests. In addition students have regular practice in Burmese language conversation with a native speaker of Burmese.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination (80%) and oral examination (20%) taken in May/June.

Suggested reading

A reading list for this course will be given to students at the beginning of the course.


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