COURSE DETAILS

At the end of Intermediate Burmese (100A, 100B), non-native students will be able to speak Burmese using basic sentence structures, conjunctions, and modifiers to discuss a history, literature, music, and current events. They will also be able to read and write simple literary-style paragraphs describing daily activities, food, travel, family life, home life, and pop culture.

Distance learning students must be present in the class during the designated class time. Lessons conducted via video conferencing.

Academic Year 2020-2021

Intermediate Burmese 100A/B (15 units)
Powell Library Room 270
Wednesdays 4-6PM
Thursdays 4-6PM
Fridays 4-5PM

Fulfills one year of language requirement.

Burmese 100A Fall 2020: October 1, 2020 to December 11, 2020
Burmese 100B Winter-Spring 2021: January 22, 2021 to May 8, 2021

ELIGIBILITY

  • Currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate student
  • Minimum GPA required: 2.0 for undergraduate students, 3.0 graduate students
  • Must be already enrolled in minimum 12 units at UCLA 
  • Note: To enroll, student need to have successfully completed BURMESE 1A and 1B (Introductory Burmese), or possess basic Burmese speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.

LEARN TO

  • Converting spoken Burmese into literary Burmese;
  • Composing biographical sketches, weather forecasts, and free verses in literary form.
  • Using the particles အတွက်၊ ဖို့၊ ကြောင့်၊ လို့ to describe the purpose for your actions;
  • Using the particles တုန်း၊ နေတုန်း၊ စဉ်၊ နေစဉ် to describe events that occur in parallel;
  • Converting verbs into nouns by adding the prefix အ or suffix ခြင်း;
  • Using quotes and paraphrases to recount conversations.

STUDY MATERIALS

  •  “Reflection” (သံဝေဂ) a poem by Shin Min Din from the poetry anthology Grasshoppers;
  • Excerpts from Lu Du Daw Amar’s (လူထုဒေါ်အမာ) biographical essay “Back to Pyin Oo Lwin once more” (ပြင်ဦးလွင်သို့တစ် ခေါက်ရောက်ခဲ့ပြန်တော့);
  • A Telenor TV ad featuring Burmese cosmetic Thanakha (aromatic wood bark paste);
  • Lyrics of “The diary is my witness” (ဒိုင်ယာရီလေးရဲ့သက်သေ), a Burmese song.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Kenneth Wong is the author of A Prayer for Burma (Santa Monica Press, 2003), a travelogue and memoir about growing up under military rule; Survival Burmese: Phrasebook and Dictionary (Tuttle Publishing, 2017); Easy Burmese: a Complete Language Course and Pocket Dictionary (Tuttle Publishing, 2019). His short stories, articles, poetry translations, and essays have appeared in Myanmar Times, Irrawaddy, San Francisco Chronicle, AGNI, among others. 

 

ENROLLMENT INSTRUCTIONS

Because it takes a few weeks for the enrollment to be processed, students are asked to start the enrollment process at least four weeks before classes begin.

  1. If interested, contact the instructor Kenneth Wong at kennethwong@berkeley.edu for an initial language assessment.
  2. To officially enroll, contact Magda Yamamoto at myamamoto@international.ucla.edu to schedule a meeting. 
  3. The students should have the following forms ready when making the appointment:

Undergraduate students: Simultaneous Enrollment Form

Graduate students: Intercampus Exchange Program Application
(The form must be approved by the department chair.)

 

 

 

 

 

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Published: Tuesday, March 10, 2020