Thai - NIU - Foreign Languages & Literatures



Thai TempleLearning Thai – or any foreign language – should be both enjoyable and life-enriching. Because the Thai language and culture are so different from what we find in the Western world, I use the internet ( to make the exotic sounds and rich images from authentic Thai sources easily available both inside and outside the classroom. In this way, I engage the learner and provide interactive activities geared toward language and culture competency. The use of the internet also entices learners to explore things Thai on their own and to thereby expand their horizons. By the end of the first year of intensive Thai, the student will be able to comprehend basic spoken and written Thai and to speak and write enough to function in practical situations. Students even learn how to cook and enjoy spicy, succulent Thai food. At the intermediate and upper levels, students begin to move into areas of their own interest and research needs by learning from authentic materials that include internet news, folk tales, short stories, pop music, movies, and, for the graduate student, selections from scholarly publications or literature.