Thai Language and Society focuses on the study of Thai language and culture, as well as understanding the Thai history and society.
Language classes: Small group language classes (3-5 students). No English is used in the classroom, and students will learn to speak, read, and write in Thai. Each morning during Block 1 students are in the classroom studying Thai, with experiential learning opportunities each week. Language instruction continues throughout the semester when students are at the institute, and Thai is used during each Expedition Field Course. Depending on the policies of the home institution, Thai may be used to meet language requirements depending on the level of proficiency achieved.
Seminars: Complementing the language classes, during Block 1 students will also have a series of seminars on Thai history, religions in Thailand, social issues and Thai geography.
Culture Learning: Building on the language classes, each week there will be small group sessions reflecting on adapting to Thai culture, culture shock, and lessons learned outside the classroom that will help students better function cross-culturally in Thailand.
- Conversational proficiency in Thai
- Ability to read and write basic Thai
- Understanding of key cultural and sociological characteristics of Thai society
- Understanding of Thai history
- Knowledge of principles of sustainable development
- Knowledge of key issues in NGO development and strategies
- Understanding and application of experiential learning principles