Thai Language and Culture for Beginners is a 2 volume beginner’s level textbook for conversational Standard Thai. It focuses on developing the learners’ listening and speaking skills.
Designed primarily for use in a Thai as a Foreign Language class in U.S. universities, this course book uses a proficiency-based approach to learning Thai. TLCB coursebook set (Book 1 and Book 2) consists of 31 lessons and appendix sections providing samples of songs and poems of Thailand, as well as an index to structural patterns introduced in the text and a vocabulary index in both Thai to English and English to Thai order, providing both IPA transcription and Thai script.
Each lesson provides the learners with a presentation of the language points or skills to be practiced by providing key terms, structures and expressions relating to the skills indicated and contextualizing them in dialogues based on the theme of the lesson.
The content of each lesson also provides relevant cultural explanations and grammar notes for the learners, so that the classroom time can be spent on language practice and language interaction for communication between teachers and students and among students.
As a beginner’s textbook for Thai language, TLCB materials intends to provide students with a foundation in Thai language proficiency for listening and speaking skills at the Novice High (as defined by American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)), which is equivalent to CERF (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Level A2.
Completion of these materials through classroom study and self practice will prepare students for further study of Thai.
View the descriptors of these proficiency level here:
TLCB Multimedia E-Book Edition
The development of technology enhanced interactive multimedia e-book edition of TLCB started in 2016. These Interactive E-books serve as an "Audio visual companion" to the "printed" textbook, providing audio and video clips to the textbook content on demand. These E-Books are accessible online, and are “mobile friendly”, i.e., the content and interaction is readily accessible across all different platforms, including smaller screen of smartphones and tablets.
TLCB Multimedia E-Activities
The latest redevelopment of a TLCB companion “workbook” which was developed as
an "on-line" language lab practice, focusing on the production and practice of sounds and sentence patterns of Thai, adding interactivity, with hints and answer keys for learners’ self-check and self-assessment
These activities have been developed with with up-to-date web technology that can accommodate most of the platforms and devices (computers, tablets, smartphones).