THAI LANGUAGE COURSES

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At ALA Language School in Bangkok, we have two different types of Thai Language course available: The Essential Program and the ED Visa Program 

Essential Program:

This is a short Language course without an Education Visa (starting package 40+ hours). This program is ideal for students who wish to improve their Thai language skills for living and/or working in Thailand, without any need for a different visa type.  

This program can be either a group class or an exclusive 1-1 class.

  • Group class: There are typically 3 to 8 students per class. This environment provides a great opportunity to make new connections, meet more international friends, and overcome homesickness and the language barrier together.
  • Exclusive 1-1 Class: You can learn the Thai language as per our existing course syllabus at your own pace, or additionally, we can customize lessons to suit your specific needs and interests.

ED Visa Program:

This is a long-term Thai Language course coupled with an Education Visa (3.5-Months to 14 Months.)

 You can learn more about the ED Visa here

Dynamic Study Calendar – Learn Thai Language Your Way

ALA has constructed a monthly dynamic study calendar based on topic-focused lessons as tiny goals to be completed individually. 

  • There are re-runs of the same sessions at different times on a regular basis. 
  • If you miss a lesson, you can easily catch-up by joining one of the upcoming classes as per our available monthly onsite classes or try learning Thai online.
  • Choose between interactive learning with teachers and classmates, or access recorded online classes for self-learning without feeling overwhelmed by a new topic.

You can join classes at any point of the month according to the monthly timetables which

best fit your schedule and lifestyle.

With ALA, you can learn the Thai language your way.

OUR COURSE SYLLABUS 

Learning the Thai language (beginner to master) with ALA Language School is a little different to most curriculums. Your progress will be marked as you advance from level to level, starting from pastel blue and rising to scarlet red. 

This method is inspired by the hyper game color palette and mini-goal achievements, as an analogy of the progress made from being a total newbie, to speaking as proficiently as a Thai native. 

The curriculum details for our Thai language courses in Bangkok are as follows:

Jump Start Module 

In our beginner speaking courses you will pick up a vast glossary of 500 to 600 essential vocabularies in each level. Additionally, you will learn a number of valuable Thai language structures which can be applied to your day to day life. 

This module is ideal for those who are completely new to Thai. You will be amazed by how swiftly you’ll progress, ready to jump into reading and writing the Thai language.  

The Jump Start Module is comprised of: 

The Icebreaker:

This will help you to overcome the initial language barrier and set you on a clear path to accomplish the fundamental stage of learning Thai language. You will learn the Thai alphabet, including consonants and vowels, tone Markers, and structure. This level introduces you to ‘Phonetics’ or ‘Thai IPA’ which is a set of symbols that represent—and aid with—the accurate pronunciation of the Thai language. 

Topics: Self-introduction; Numbers; Months; Years; Classifiers; Adjectives; Directions; Ordering Food & Drinks; Shopping & Bargaining; Telephone etiquette, etc.

Total Hours: 20-Hours

Duration: 2 to 4-Weeks (depending on monthly schedule)

Lessons: 10-Chapters

Session: 2-Hours / Day

 

Lifehack 1 - 4:

Here you will learn vocabulary, structures, and patterns of contexts necessary for surviving in Thailand. You will also notice a breakthrough and crack the ways to enjoy daily conversation with native Thai speakers more efficiently.

Topics: Family; Relationships; Illness & Ailments; Occupations; Seasons; Emotions; Immigration; Police Station; Hotels; Airport; Thai Culture; Bank; Money Exchange; Massage; Travelling in Thailand, etc.

Study Hours: 20-Hours / Level

Total Hours: 80-Hours / 4-Levels

Duration: 2 to 4-Weeks / Level (depending on monthly schedule)

Total Lessons: 40-Chapters / 4-Levels

Session: 2-Hours / Day 

 

Experience:

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Finally, we will encourage you to adopt and utilize your newly developed Thai speaking skills in day-to-day life. You will enjoy learning via a multitude of fun activities, such as: games, drills, role play, story-telling, simulated situations, and other innovative teaching methodologies unique to ALA. 

Topics: Travelling; Relocating; Meeting new friends; Tackling day-to-day problems, etc.

Total Hours: 16-Hours

Duration: 1-Month 

Total Lessons: 8-Chapters

Session: 2-Hours / Day

 

Focused Module

The Focused Module is designed for you to start comfortable reading and writing in Thai script. You will also be able to recognize the Thai alphabet, classes of consonants and vowels, and produce character sounds, short vowels, long vowels, tone marks, final consonants, and letter combinations. 

During this module you will be able to read, write, and comprehend the meaning behind all of the terms that you picked up in the Jump Start Module, successfully taking your Thai language skills to the next level!

Writing and Reading 1-3:

Introduces you to the Thai writing system, starting from the Thai alphabet, to the reading and writing of different Thai fonts, various abbreviations, difficult vocabulary, and gradually progressing to reading short stories and composing your own essay or letter.

Topics: Learn the differences between the Thai letters by similar shape groups; Middle-High-Low class consonants; Short and long vowels; Tone marks; Final consonants; Live-dead syllable and clusters; Preceded ‘‘ and ‘‘, tone rules; Preceding and following consonants; The exceptions of ‘‘, the usage of ‘‘, ‘ฤา‘ and ‘ ‘; Silent markers and silent vowels.

Study Hours: 

Writing: 40-Hours / Level

Reading: 20-Hours / Level

Total Hours: 180-Hours / 3-Levels

Duration: 4.5-Month / 3-Levels

Total Lessons: 

Writing: 12-Chapters / Level

Reading: 10-Chapters / Level

Session: 2-Hours / Day

 

Proficient Module

Once you have successfully completed the intermediate course (Focused Module), you will be able to choose between the 2 following options: Guideline 1-3 and Expert 1-3. Here’s everything you need to know about both options:

Guideline 1-3:

You are welcome to continue your studies with Guideline 1-3. This is the highlight of the ALA Language School and something we are immensely proud of. Here we present guidelines to Thai grammar. You will learn how to better understand the difference between various confusing terms or words that have similar sounds and meanings, which are often mixed up.
You will also master the Thai language and its appropriate use in certain situations, times, and with specific groups of people.

Guideline 1-3: Delve deeper into the essential principles of Thai grammar. Again, here we will guide you on how to differentiate between the usage of various terms or words that are often confused. 

Topics: ‘ให้‘, ‘ก็, ‘Only / Just’, ‘Self / Each other / Together’ in various situations; Passive voice; Modal verb; Compound words; Prefixes; Adverbs; Question words; Comparisons; Final particles; Conjunctions; Qualifiers; Expressions and colloquial language in Thai.

Study Hours: 40-Hours / Level

Total Hours: 120-Hours / 3-Levels

Duration: 3-Months / 3-Levels

Total Lessons: 30-Chapters / 3-Levels

Session: 2-Hours / Day

 

Expert 1-3:

Alternatively, you can continue your studies with Expert 1-3. This consists of various stories about Thai culture, traditions, beliefs, and values. These insights will help you further understand Thai people, while simultaneously improving your Thai reading and writing skills (as you will be required to read and write Thai paragraphs, while watching various video clips through QR codes attached to our E-Learning Expert Books). All in all, it’s an immersive experience that will bring you closer to Thai people, while helping you better communicate with them.

Bolster your reading and comprehension skills! You will learn to express and discuss the reading experience through more complicated Thai short stories, articles, news snippets, and magazines – thus deepening your understanding of Thai culture, lifestyle, and entertainment. 


Topics: Thai food; Festivals; Landmarks; Symbolic animals; Sports; Products; Beliefs; Cultural points, etc. 

Study Hours: 40-Hours / Level

Total Hours: 120-Hours / 3-Levels

Duration: 3-months / 3-Levels

Total Lessons: 30-Chapters / 3-Levels

Session: 2-Hours / Day

 

NOTE: Once you have completed either Guideline 1-3 and/or Expert 1-3 (as a pre-requisite to further advancement), you will then be eligible to move onto the following courses:

Enhance 1-2:

In this course you will be able to challenge yourself with the writing of formal Thai language by reading difficult articles that are related to societal interest topics, local Thai stories, legends, urban myth, novels, poems, and famous literatures, etc. 

Topics: Plastic surgery; Renewable energy; Thai-only topics; Invitation to Thai weddings; Cryptocurrency; Mae-Nark Prakanong; Garuda & Naga; Ramayana, etc. 

Study Hours: 60-Hours / Level

Total Hours: 120-Hours / 2-Levels

Duration: 2-Months / 2-Levels 

Total Lessons: 30-Chapters / 2-Levels

Session: 2-Hours / Day

 

MasterClass Courses:

The MasterClass is an optional course for those who have worked their way up to an advanced level and had significant experience with reading, writing, and communicating Thai in real life. All of the chapters included in this course involve watching and listening to videos, reading summaries, sharing your experiences, critical thinking, debating between groups, and writing essays – all in Thai. This will combine your listening, reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension skills.

NOTE: We do not recommend that you go through this course unless you have a wealth of experience and have spent many years mastering Thai. This course is for those who are fluent in Thai and relatively close to matching a native Thai speaker level in terms of listening, reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension. 

Topics: Customised by your lecturers

Study Hours: 20 to 40-Hours / Level

Duration: 1-Month / Level

Total Lessons: 10-Chapters / Level

Session: 2-Hours / Day

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

If you would like some further information, please feel free to refer to our extensive FAQ section. Otherwise, if you have a certain question regarding a specific course and cannot find the relevant info on our website, please do not hesitate to contact us today – we’re always happy to help.

Speaking Classes

Icebreaker & Lifehack 1-4

LENGTH

10 Chapters

DURATION

2 Weeks

SESSIONS

2 Hours/Class

AVAILABILITY

Monday – Friday

WRITING CLASSES

Writing 1-3

LENGTH

10 Chapters

DURATION

4 Weeks

SESSIONS

2 Hours/Class

AVAILABILITY

Monday – Friday

Reading Classes

Reading 1-3

LENGTH

10 Chapters

DURATION

2 Weeks

SESSIONS

2 Hours/Class

AVAILABILITY

Monday – Friday

Reading Classes

Expert Reading 1-3

LENGTH

10 Chapters

DURATION

3 – 4 Weeks

SESSIONS

2 Hours/Class

AVAILABILITY

Monday – Friday

Reading Classes

Advanced Reading Class

LENGTH

Chapter customised daily for students

SESSIONS

2 Hours/Class

AVAILABILITY

Monday – Friday

Grammar-Focused Classes

Guideline 1-3

LENGTH

10 Chapters

DURATION

3 – 4 Weeks

SESSIONS

2 Hours/Class

AVAILABILITY

Monday – Friday

Exercise Classes

Experience 1-4

LENGTH

10 Chapters

DURATION

1 Week

SESSIONS

2 Hours/Class

AVAILABILITY

Monday – Friday

Advanced Classes

Master Class Book Club & Challenge

LENGTH

Chapter customised daily for students

DURATION

10 Week

SESSIONS

2 Hours/Class

AVAILABILITY

Every Friday