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Read and Write Thai Courses.

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Reading & Writing Thai Language Courses
Reading and Writing Thai Language courses is a teaching and learning programme that focuses on phonics knowledge for communicative purposes through written text, so that students can communicate their ideas and emotions to others through writing and through reading, others can communicate with them. The course covers Thai language writing system, the alphabet, class of consonants, short- and long-vowels, tone marks and tone rules for each class of consonant both with and without tone marks.

The Six Stages of Learning
The process of learning have been divided into six stages based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to differentiate levels of ability. Each is necessary as it lays down the foundation for the next, and should never be omitted if you are to achieve the best result. Please take the time to read the information provided to fully understand them.

The recommended tuition hours given for each individual level is only an approximate timescale. The length of time required to complete your course depends largely on how much time you can dedicate to independent studies and how well you grasp the Thai language concepts in the teaching and learning material.

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The reading and writing stage 1 designed to introduce you to the writing system of Thai language and its structure and function. The course focuses on the phonic knowledge and developing the skill of blending the sounds into words for reading. By the end of the course, students should be able to encode the sounds they hear in words (spelling) and develop the physical skill needed for handwriting.

The students should be able to complete the entire course within approximately 40 hours of classroom time and 40 hours of independent study.

  • On successful completion of this course, students should be able to perform the following:
  • Can name the letters of the alphabet in order.
  • Can write each letter in the correct directions, starting and finishing in the right place.
  • Can use letter names to distinguish between alternative spellings of the same sound.
  • Know the initial and ending sounds (phoneme) for each letter (grapheme).
  • Understand which letters belong to which consonant class.
  • Know the commonly used letter from each consonant class.
  • Can segment words into individual sound.
  • Can use some long-vowel and short-vowel patterns to spell one-syllable words.
The reading and writing stage 2 designed to ensure that students continue to learn new letter-sound correspondences and revise and consolidate those learnt earlier in stage 1. By the end of the course, students will be able to use consonant blends and digraphs and long-vowel patters to spell words.

The students should be able to complete the entire course within approximately 80 hours of classroom time and 80 hours of independent study.

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to perform the following:

  • Can name both long- and short-vowels as well as tone marks.
  • Understand the tone rules for each consonant class when there is no tone mark.
  • Can blend the sounds out loud.
  • Can spell some consonant-vowel-consonant words.
  • Know spell some words using doubled consonants sound (consonant clusters).
  • Can segment spoken words into phonemes (sounds) and represent these by graphemes (letters).
  • Can write from memory simple sentences dictated by the tutor that include words taught so far.
  • Can write Days of the Week and basic information about themselves.
The reading and writing stage 3 designed to focus on establishing your accurate and speedy word reading skills. Students will read or listen to and discuss a wide range of stories and increase their vocabulary as well as comprehension. By the end of the course, students should be able to read all common graphemes (letters) and able to read unfamiliar words containing these graphemes (letters), accurately and without undue hesitation, by sounding them out as closely to their level of word reading knowledge.

The students should be able to complete the entire course within approximately 80 hours of classroom time and 80 hours of independent study.

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to perform the following:

  • Can write and read many common words (high frequency words) containing letters and sounds taught so far without needing to blend the sounds out loud first.
  • Can retell some familiar stories that they have read.
  • Can compose individual sentences orally and then write them down.
  • Can spell correctly many of the words covered in stage 1 and 2.
  • Can make phonically-plausible attempts to spell words they have not yet learnt.
  • Can form individual letters, vowels and tone marks correctly, as well establishing good handwriting habits.
  • Can write about their past experiences, events and plans.
The reading and writing stage 4 designed to continue applying phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words (spelling) until automatic decoding has become embedded and reading is fluent. Students will be introduce different ways of spelling the same sound, the use of silent letters and more complex consonant patterns in some words as well as less common vowel patterns. By the end of the course, students will understand that there is not always an obvious connection between the way a word is said and the way it is spelt, and beginning to develop an awareness of homophones by comparing long- and short-vowel combinations as we continue to experiment with vowel patterns.

The students should be able to complete the entire course within approximately 80 hours of classroom time and 80 hours of independent study.

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to perform the following:

  • Can read and understand more complex writing (in terms of its vocabulary and structure) than they are capable of producing themselves.
  • Can accurately read words of two or more syllables.
  • Can add suffixes and prefixes to spell longer words.
  • Can read aloud closely matched to their improving phonic knowledge, sounding out unfamiliar words accurately, automatically and without undue hesitation.
  • Can write for different purposes such as narrative about personal experiences and those of others, fictional and real events.
The reading and writing stage 5 designed to consolidate and build on what you have learnt, particular in terms sentence structure and the more varied grammar to ensure that students become independent and more fluent readers. By the end of the course, students should be able to read accurately and at a speed that is sufficient for them to focus on understanding what they read rather than on decoding individual words (spelling).

The students should be able to complete the entire course within approximately 80 hours of classroom time and 80 hours of independent study.

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to perform the following:

  • Can write down their ideas with a reasonable degree of accuracy.
  • Can enhance the effectiveness of what they write.
  • Can use further prefixes and suffixes and understand how to add them.
  • Can spell further homophones (words that sound the same).
  • Can use the first two or three letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary.
  • Can plan and write narratives such as creating settings, characters and ploy composition.
  • Can demonstrate the legibility, consistency and quality of their handwriting.
The reading and writing stage 6, you will continue to have opportunities to write for a range of real purposes and audiences as part of continuous learning process. By the end of the course, students will understand the skills and process that are essential for writing: that is, thinking aloud to explore and collect ideas, drafting, and re-reading to check their meaning is clear.

The students should be able to complete the entire course within approximately 80 hours of classroom time and 80 hours of independent study.

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to perform the following:

  • Can extend the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions.
  • Can use conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause.
  • Can use further prefixes and suffixes.
  • Can spell some word with silent letters.
  • Continue to distinguish between homophones and other words which are often confused.
  • Understand that the spelling of some words needs to be learnt specifically.
  • Can use dictionaries to check the spelling and meaning of words.

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