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Thai Course Outline

The Cactus Course Outlines provide a learning framework for the Cactus Foreign Language Evening Courses. They are designed to provide you with a good idea of what you might cover over a 10-week period, and include typical themes, grammar and vocabulary fields. They are flexible rather than prescriptive, in that our teachers may decide to adapt their learning plans to the specific level, aims and interests of their classes. Use the tabs below to view the relevant Thai course outline for your level. If you want to cover the same course outline in a shorter period of time, we also offer One-Week Online Courses and 5-week Courses.

Beginner 1

Topics & Vocabulary
  • Personal pronounce
  • Exchange common greetings
  • Use คะ ครับ for polite form
  • How to ask/answer for what is this / that? อันนี้ อันนั้น นี้ นั้น โน่น
  • Polite particle คะ ครับ
  • How to use ไหม ใช่ไหม for yes/ no question
  • How to state name, nationality, place to live, country
  • Number
  • How to ask/answer for much/how many?
  • Positioning ใน บน ใต้ ระหว่าง
  • Location expression ‘ อยู่ ‘
  • Exchange basic conversation for job, nationality, food, colour
  • Telling time
  • Use จะ to express future time
  • Use ได้ and ได้ไหม  to ask Can you?
Grammar
  • Location expression ‘ อยู่ ‘
  • Question อะไร ที่ไหน เท่าไหร่ ไหน
  • yes/no question with ไหม ใช่ไหม
  • Polite particle คะ ครับ and Particle ละ
  • Using เป็น to be
  • Negative sentence ไม่
  • Using แล้ว already
Cultural Content
  • Name in Thailand
  • Thai food
  • คะ ครับ to be polite
  • Number and counting
  • Colour
Skills Work
  • Lots of speaking
  • Lots of listening
  • Role play and language games

Beginner 2

Topics & Vocabulary
  • Day /month
  • Indicate the past and the future by use อีก ที่แล้ว หน้า ทุก นี้
  • Exchange basic conversation by state past present and future time expression
  • Use possessive
  • Ask questions about time by using เมื่อไหร่ กี่
  • Express ability and activity
  • Exchange conversation and common phase in market, shops or restaurant
  • To use กำลัง to express doing something
  • Transport and places
  • To use ของ belong to and  ของใคร whose
  • Exchange conversation on food& drinks
  • Period of Time
  • Question ได้ไหม เป็นไหม can you? are you able to?
Grammar
  • Period of time
  • Use เอา and ขอ for polite request
  • Future tense
  • Present tense
  • Past tense
  • Preposition
  • Number and Classifier
Cultural Content
  • Polite conversation in the Restaurant
  • Market
  • Particle to show polite
  • Number and counting
  • Day/months
  • Period of time
  • Festive and celebration month in Thailand
Skills Work
  • Lots of speaking
  • Lots of listening
  • Role play and language games

Beginner 3

Topics & Vocabulary
  • Use possessives
  • Exchange conversation about greeting, nationality, place to live, country
  • Use past, present and future time expression
  • Use number/ quantity with classifier
  • Exchange conversation for socializing, opinion, option, food and culture
  • Body part
  • Symptom of sickness or unwell
  • Daily activity
  • Clothing
  • Use ถ้า for condition sentence ‘if’
  • Family member
  • Occupations
  • Animal
  • To use กว่า to state more/ more than
  • Use ที่สุด to express the most
  • Describe personality
Grammar
  • Adjective expression with กว่า and ที่สุด
  • Use questions word ทำไม
  • Use ละ per
  • Create new words by using nouns, adjective and verb
  • past, present and future time expression
  • use พี่ and น้อง to show polite requesting sentence
Cultural Content
  • Polite request
  • Work in Thailand
  • To act, to dress and respect things in Thai temple
  • Family
  • Cooking Thai
  • Hospital and express illness to doctor
Skills Work
  • Lots of speaking
  • Lots of listening
  • Role play and language games
  • Able to exchange social, family and work conversion

Elementary 1

Topics & Vocabulary
  • Direction
  • Use เกินไป ไป for excessive, too
  • Use ด้วย for activities
  • How to state area, location, district, subdistrict
  • Seasons & Weather
  • Conversation with taxi driver
  • How to tell by using consequences ก่อน หลัง
  • Prepositions by using ข้าง
  • How to call place and location
  • To express ‘right now เดี๋ยว ‘
  • Polite request to use ช่วย
  • Travelling
  • Housework
  • Routine activities
  • Exchange conversation for socializing, opinion, option, food and culture
Grammar
  • How to ask for direction by using ขอโทษนะครับ/คะ อยากรู้ว่า …. อยู่ที่ไหน
  • Use condition sentence by using เพราะว่า
  • Polite and formal asking
  • Preposition
  • Tell direction
  • Thai consonants & vowel
Cultural Content
  • Thai place names
  • Public holiday and festival/ceremony in Thailand
  • Region and Provinces in Thailand
  • Thai traditional
  • Talk about the weather in Thailand
  • Meaning of each Thai consonant
Skills Work
  • Lots of speaking
  • Lots of listening
  • Whiting and reading games
  • Role play and language games
  • Able to exchange social, family and work conversion

Elementary 2

Topics & Vocabulary
  • Use ให้ for sentence of to give, to let, to provided, to offer, to allow, to impact
  • Conversation about comparing things by use กว่า ดีกว่า มากกว่า
  • Prefix การ and ความ
  • Unit of measurement
  • Express possibility by using อาจจะ บางที for probably / maybe
  • Describe thing and personality
  • Emotional & feeling conversation by using ใจ ( heart ) for pre-fix and sub-fix
  • Characterize by using ขี้ as a prefix
  • Express in ‘ should, might like to, by using prefix น่า
  • What you have done or used to do ?
  • Describe and talking about place or landmark in Thailand
  • Use ที่ for preposition, classifier, that , who, which
Grammar
  • Prefix and subfix
  • Making polite/ formal requests
  • Used เคย and มา to express past tense
  • 3 groups of Thai consonant, Mid class, Low class and medium class
  • Create word with short and long vowel
Cultural content
  • Thai ceremony
  • Landmark and site seeing
  • Floating and Mauy Thai
  • Buddhism culture
  • Discussion about traffic in Bangkok
  • Conversation about street food in Thailand
Skills Work
  • Lots of speaking
  • Lots of listening
  • Whiting and reading games
  • Role play and language games
  • Speak/conversation in different situations

Elementary 3

Topics & Vocabulary
  • Making and answering phone call
  • Talking about Thai culture
  • Describe things and situation for police
  • Traditional Thai dishes
  • Talking about family and backgrounds
  • How to talk with hotel/restaurant/bar reception
  • Thai pronoun for formal and informal
  • Prefix and subfix ตัว
  • Particle นะ ล่ะ คะ สิ จัง เลย จ๊ะ ซะ
  • Use เพื่อ สำหรับ for, in order to
  • Description thing in the house
  • Occupation and works
Grammar
  • Prefix and subfix
  • Making polite/ formal requests
  • Used เคย and มา to express past tense
  • Final consonant น ง ด บ ย ว ก
  • Vowel modified rule
Cultural Content
  • Thai name and nickname
  • Material status
  • Family
  • Particle ( polite, formal, informal )
  • Thai pronounce (formal and informal )
  • Thai ID card and essential documents
  • Reading Thai words
Skills Work
  • Lots of speaking
  • Lots of listening
  • Whiting and reading games
  • Role play and language games
  • Speak/conversation in different situations

Intermediate 1

Topics & Vocabulary
  • Making a purchase and negotiation on price in the market
  • Talking about Thai culture for to do and not to do in Thailand
  • Describe personality and feeling
  • Weather
  • Making suggestions
  • Thai pronoun for specific person
  • Thai slang and informal words
  • Prefix and subfix การ ความ
  • Use ที่ for conjunction, pronouns, preposition, noun, adjective and adverb
  • In the supermarket
  • Office and work
  • Questions หรือยัง หรือเปล่า จริงหรือ
  • Reading basic sentence with consonant, vowel and final consonant
Grammar
  • ที่ for conjunction, pronouns, preposition, noun, adjective and adverb
  • Reading revision of Final consonant and Vowel modified rule
  • Reading live and dead syllable
  • Tone rule overview
Cultural Content
  • Tone rule
  • Vacation in Thailand
  • Thai region
Skills Work
  • Lots of speaking
  • Lots of listening
  • Whiting and reading games
  • Role play and language games
  • Speak/conversation in different situations

Intermediate 2

Topics & Vocabulary
  • Clothes and accessories
  • Describe physical appearance
  • Making a plan
  • Give and tell directions
  • Public transport
  • Making a request in different situations
  • Introducing a friend or family
  • Reading Thai sign (formal )
  • Tell story by using past tense
  • Offer to do something by using ช่วย ขอ อยากให้ กรุณา
  • Read basic Thai story
  • Using ให้ for verb and preposition
Grammar
  • Tone rule for Mid class consonant
  • Using ให้ for verb and preposition
  • Present perfect tense and Present perfect continuous tense by using มา
  • Reading Thai menu
  • Reading Thai short story
Cultural Content
  • Tone rule and consonant class
  • Beach and activities
  • Cooking Thai food
  • Thai traditional ceremony
  • Thai sport ‘Mauy Thai
Skills Work
  • Lots of speaking
  • Lots of listening
  • Tone practice
  • Reading story
  • Role play and language games
  • Speak/conversation in different situations

Intermediate 3

Topics & Vocabulary
  • Using ไม่เท่าไหร่ not very much; a little
  • Describing an illness to doctors or pharmacist
  • Complaining
  • Reporting what has happened
  • Reporting someone else has said
  • Expressing opinion about work, place, holiday, culture, weather
  • Giving advice or suggestion
  • Beach and activity
  • Local market
  • Night life and activities
  • Adverb
  • Talking about future plan by using ในอีก….ปี,เดือน,วัน
  • Reading short story
  • Reading comment on social media
Grammar
  • Tone rule for Low- and High-class consonant
  • Foreign words in Thai
  • Making sentence by using relative clause
  • Thai common phase
  • Using ว่า conjunction and verb
  • Using น่าจะ to show opinion
Cultural Content
  • Local market
  • After work activity
  • Night life and party
  • Thai food taste
Skills Work
  • Lots of speaking
  • Lots of listening
  • Tone practice
  • Reading story
  • Role play and language games
  • Speak/conversation in different situations

Upper Intermediate Lower

Topics & Vocabulary
  • Asking for permission to do something by using ขอ, ขออนุญาติ etc.
  • Talking about event
  • Exchange conversation on hobbies, work, thing to do etc.
  • Street food conversation
  • Thai Slang
  • Foreign words in Thai
  • Reading short story
  • Reading comment on social media
  • Tell story in the pass by using ที่แล้ว เมื่อก่อน ตอนนั้น หลายปีที่แล้ว etc
  • Formal request
  • Leaving a message
  • Hotel and activities conversations
  • E-Mail
  • House Party
Grammar
  • Revision of grammar prefix and subfix, particle
  • Revision of tone rule and practising
  • To be เป็น -อยู่ – คือ
  • Reading ห นำ rule
  • Silence consonant with การันต์
  • Question ยังไง, นานเท่าไหร่
  • Tone rule for dead syllable with no tone mark
  • ถูก a verb particle reflecting passive voice
Cultural Content
  • Local street food
  • Animal
  • Thai school
  • Local culture
Skills Work
  • Lots of speaking
  • Lots of listening
  • Tone practice
  • Reading story and email
  • Role play and language games
  • Speak/conversation in different situations

Upper Intermediate Higher

Topics & Vocabulary
  • Making recommendations
  • Conversation on the news
  • Social media discussion
  • A day out with Thai speaker
  • Question by using หรือ หรือเปล่า เปล่า
  • Persuasive languages
  • Interviewing and being interviewed
  • Thai recipe
  • Hospital
  • Read Thai articles
  • Tone rule practice
  • Pet
  • Businesses dinner
  • Place in Bangkok
  • Reading the sign
Grammar
  • Polite offer by using ช่วย
  • Revision of tone rule and practising
  • Synonym คำเหมือน คำตรงข้าม
  • Reading อักษรต่ำ Tone rule
  • Thai symbols เครื่องหมายในภาษาไทย
  • Thai writing number
Cultural Content
  • History of Bangkok
  • Landmark in Bangkok
  • Government
  • Recipe and cooking
  • Driving in Thailand
Skills Work
  • Lots of speaking
  • Lots of listening
  • Tone practice
  • Fill the form
  • Reading advertisement, invitations, formal letter
  • Speak/conversation in different situations

Advanced

Topics & Vocabulary
  • Computer and technology
  • Trend of economic, fashion, social media, science
  • Cultural difference in perception and expression
  • World travel
  • Dealing with situations at the airport, police station, hospital
  • Formal invitation
  • Business event
  • International food
  • Challenging arguments and opinions
  • Expat life
  • Choice of topics according to students’ need
Grammar
  • Language for king and royal family
  • Choice of grammar topics according to students’ need
  • Revision and practice of tone rule
  • Thai special consonant and symbols revision
Cultural Content
  • King and royal family
  • Current Thai economic
  • Problem and issue in Thailand
  • Choice of topics according to students’ need
Skills Work
  • Reading long article
  • Reading social media
  • Lots of listening
  • Tone practice
  • Fill the formal form
  • Speak/conversation in different situations

Proficient

Topics & Vocabulary
  • A wide range of topics including: environment, global issue, Covid-19 effect etc
  • Criticizing and responding
  • Business trip
  • Global business issue
  • Crime, police, safety
  • Expressing empathy and sympathy
  • Summarizing information, idea and argument
  • Softening and downplaying proposition
  • Business email
  • Fill the form
  • CV and business article
Grammar
  • Choice of grammar topics according to students’ need
  • Revision and practice of tone rule
  • Thai special consonant and symbols revision
Cultural Content
  • Current economic
  • Personal experience
  • Choice of topics according to students’ need
Skills Work
  • Reading long article
  • Reading social media
  • Lots of listening
  • Tone practice
  • Fill the formal form
  • Speak/conversation in different situations

Understanding Language Levels

If you are taking a language course with Cactus you can find out more about our language levels and how you can track your progress using the ‘can do statements’ below. These statements outline the key things that you should be able to say and understand once you have completed each level. Can do statements are officially recognised as a set of performance-related scales describing what a learner is able to do in a foreign language, in accordance with the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and the CEFR defined levels.

CEFR Levels

If you are taking a language course with Cactus you can find out more about our language levels and how you can track your progress using the ‘can do statements’. These statements outline the key things that you should be able to say and understand once you have completed each level. Can do statements are officially recognised as a set of performance-related scales describing what a learner is able to do in a foreign language, in accordance with the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and the CEFR defined levels.

Beginner (A1)

  • You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type
  • You can introduce yourself and others
  • You can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, what you do, people you know and things you have
  • You can ask and give directions
  • You can order food and drink
  • You can make very basic travel and accommodation arrangements
  • You can have a basic conversation, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Elementary (A2)

  • You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas including basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography and employment
  • You can communicate in simple and routine tasks, requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters
  • You can describe, in simple terms, aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need
  • You can comfortably ‘get by’ when visiting the country, albeit with some difficulty.

Intermediate (B1)

  • You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • You can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken
  • You can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest
  • You can describe experiences and events
  • You can talk about dreams, hopes and ambitions
  • You can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans
  • You could consider working in the country using the language (e.g. bar/counter work, waiting service in cafes or basic office work).

Upper Intermediate (B2)

  • You can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation.
  • You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible, without strain for either party.
  • You can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue, giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
  • You can do business with speakers of the language in most run-of-the-mill situations.

Advanced (C1)

  • You can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning
  • You can express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions
  • You can use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes
  • You can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, logical flow of text, and clear awareness of the audience.

Proficient (C2)

  • You can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read
  • You can summarise information from different spoken and written sources
  • You can reconstruct arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation
  • You can express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely
  • You can differentiate finer shades of meaning, even in the most complex situations.

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