As Thailand is gaining lot of popularity, it is not a surprise that more and more Singaporeans are moving to learn the Thai language. If you are one among them, you must also be looking for the best institute to learn the Thai language. Though there are many options that may be good or bad depending on your location, budget and personal preferences, but one good option to learn Thai language is the program run under aegis of Titima Suthiwan at the NUS (National University of Singapore).
The program started at NUS 8 years back and in such a short time it has grown from mere 21 students to 240 students every semester. This is much more that what Bhasa gets, thereby making the Titima Suthiwan program as the one of the most sought after Thai learning program in Singapore.
Why Thai, and not any other language? Today Thai culture is getting more and more popular among Singaporean students. They want to know more and more about the kingdom. The famous pop culture of Thailand is another reason to attract the young generation to Thai language. As Thailand is growing fast, many students in Singapore want to work abroad and the opportunities available in Thailand attracts them to learn the language.
The course normally takes 150 students separated in 12 groups. Each group has a separate tutor, and there are 3 classes every week dedicated to speaking, listening and writing. The course moves from Thai 1 to Thai 6 levels with increasing intensity of learning.
The course does not give spoon feeding to students. The course works on making the students use the language and learn by listening and speaking. This is the way a baby is made to learn in starting years. The methodology is much more effective then book teaching.
The course is conducted by highly educated Thai teachers. It is so effective that normally students start speaking fluent Thai in just 15 week time. Another great area of challenge for the course is to correct the pronunciation of the students, because they come from various backgrounds as Malay, Chinese, and Tamil, etc. The course works in different ways with different students with specific needs.
The Thai language is not easy to learn, but the course by Titima Suthiwan makes it. Despite this, there is a need to keep the interest alive among students to keep learning the language from Level one to Level 6. To do this, the course is now using a unique methodology. All students that reach up to level three are allowed to spend a month in Thailand to practice what they have learnt. They are made to go to universities outside Bangkok, so that they can experience true Thailand. On their trip, the Singaporean students are attached to a Thai partner and made to live with a Thai host family. It has been observed that this one month makes much difference in the quality of the language that students are speaking. They become much more natural and fluent in Thai.
The course works such that by the time students reach Level four and five they can read novels, magazines and can understand the Thai movies.
If you are living in Singapore and want to study Thai language, try the course of Titima Suthiwan for the best results.
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