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.
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