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  • Course description

    Attend a Thai language course with Communicaid. Whether you require an intensive one-to-one Thai language course at our London centre or an in-company Thai course at your place of work, Communicaid’s Thai language courses will meet your Thai language needs. Our Thai language trainers are available to help you to reach your required level of proficiency in Thai at a location of your choice worldwide.

    From our central London headquarters we are able to deliver Thai language courses worldwide via our regional centres in London, Paris, Frankfurt and New York as well as our global network of partners and language schools. Each Thai course is personally tailored and designed to improve your Thai language and communication skills, whether your focus is social, business, financial diplomatic or legal. Upon completion of a Thai course with Communicaid, you will have the confidence to communicate in Thai with clients, colleagues and suppliers.

    Benefits of our Thai language course

    A Communicaid Thai course will provide you with the ability to:
    • Speak the Thai language with confidence
    • Interact with increased self-assurance when visiting Thailand or when dealing with Thai speakers
    • Build rapport and strengthen relationships with Thai-speaking contacts through a show of interest in Thai language and culture
    • Demonstrate goodwill and facilitate international communication at both a personal and
      organisational level

    Who should attend our Thai school


    A Communicaid Thai course is suitable for
    • Anyone wishing to work with Thai speakers
    • Government and non-governmental agency representatives working in Thailand or a
      Thai-speaking region who need to be able to communicate at all levels in Thai
    • Anyone planning to relocate to a Thai-speaking region and wishing to attend a
      Thai language course in order to prepare in advance for their assignment
    • Business professionals conducting business regularly with Thai speakers who wish to
      build rapport and strengthen relationships by attending a Thai course
    Thai course content


    The content and format of your Thai course will depend on your profession, proficiency in the Thai language and objectives. Whether beginner, survival, intermediate or advanced, key areas covered in all our Thai courses include:
    • Fluency development
    • Pronunciation and accent
    • Listening skills
    • Reading skills
    • Telephone skills in Thai
    • Email writing skills in Thai
    • Sector-specific terminology
    • Presentation & negotiation skills

    Approach

    Communicaid’s Thai courses are available seven days a week, 365 days a year. Trainings take place between 08:00 and 20:00 although courses are also available outside of these hours upon request.

    Suitably tailored Thai language course materials will be used throughout, with recommendations on self-study material and extra reading made throughout your Thai course.

    We offer a variety of training formats for your Thai course – from intensive, weeklong courses to extensive, modular lessons. Appropriate formats will be discussed during your diagnostic consultancy.


    Thai course trainer

    All Communicaid Thai language trainers are native speakers with at least 3 years’ professional Thai training experience. In addition to relevant academic and linguistic qualifications and experience, many of our Thai trainers also possess considerable exposure and expertise in the professional world.

    Your Thai trainer will be assigned to you following the results of your diagnostic consultancy according to your objectives and areas of focus. Detailed below is a sample profile of a member of our Thai training team.


    WP

    Teacher Training Course, SOAS, University of London
    MA Linguistics in Education, Surrey University
    BA in English Language and Literature

    A native Thai with over twenty years experience of language training, WT started her career as an English language trainer and translator. Between 1987 and 1988, she worked as an English trainer in a refugee camp in Thailand. In 1994 WP was employed by Chai Mai University in Thailand to train English. She was involved in developing and delivering English courses to lecturers of medicine and science as well as arts students.

    On moving to the UK, WP continued her career as a Thai language trainer. On behalf of Communicaid, she has designed a range of Thai courses for Foreign Office diplomats, Ministry of Defence staff and university students of all levels, from complete beginners to advanced learners in Thai. WP is also involved in numerous seminars and workshops on Thai language training, learning and methodology.


    Facts about the Thai language

    The ability to communicate in Thai can benefit you greatly in building positive working and social relationships in Thailand. Thai words and phrases are easy to learn, however, proper pronunciation is harder to master. Thai, like Lao, Vietnamese and Chinese language is tonal, requiring the speaker to memorise both the particular intonation of a word as well as its phonetic pronunciation.

    The standard form, Central Thai, is spoken in Bangkok and is the predominant form used in government, media and in schools. It should be noted that many regional variations of Thai are spoken and not all variations are mutually intelligible.

    Written Thai was taken from the classical Indian language Sanskrit, which, like English, is read from left to right. Written Thai is spelled according to its pronunciation, so learning to read will inevitably help you learn to speak. Thai words are generally only one syllable, and more complex meanings are formed by attaching a prefix or arranging several words into a phrase.
    Grammar in Thai language is dependent on word order not form or tense. Vocabulary in Thai changes depending on the degree of formality of the situation. For instance, there are formal and informal variations of common words such as “eat” and “drink” which are used differently depending on the context. The polite form of Thai language is often used as a signal of mutual respect rather than a hierarchal power structure.

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