Burmese Summer Course

Online Intensive Summer Course 2021

The next course to be run by the Bamazaga team is the Intensive Summer Course for 2021. It will run from Monday, June 21 to Friday, July 2, 2021.

Course levels
Classes should be available at a range of levels, from beginner to advanced. We cannot confirm which levels will run, or at what times of the day, until closer to the course starting date, when we have some idea of how many participants there will be at each level and in which time zones.

Course teachers
The instructors of the Summer Course will be Justin Watkins and Sayama Thazin and possibly others.

Course content
We offer classes in Burmese at all levels, from complete beginner to advanced, subject to demand. Unfortunately we cannot confirm which levels will run, or at what times of the day, until closer to the course starting date, when we have some idea of how many students there will be at each level and in which time zones.  The beginners class offers 20 hours of basic reading/writing and speaking for students with no Burmese. At other levels, you will have listening/speaking classes (working with recorded audio or video material at an appropriate level) and reading/speaking classes (working with written texts).  All classes will give opportunities to explore and discuss topics in Burmese grammar.

Teaching format
Classes will be held live online in real time using Zoom, supported by a Slack site for sharing materials and course information. Participants will need to confirm their ability to join classes online using both video and audio (not just audio) with a webcam and headphones on a computer or laptop (not just a smartphone). The organisers will do their best to help with technical matters but cannot be responsible for classes or activities missed for technical reasons. Homework tasks will be set where appropriate and interaction between students will be facilitated using a dedicated Slack site.

All students will have 20 hours of classes in total. We will work out a timetable to accommodate learners in timezones from California to Australia, and so students at either extreme may need to be available for class in the early morning or late evening. Students choose their preferred time slots in the application form.

We will produce a draft timetable before the start of the course, but reserve the right to make changes once the course has begun. Please accept that the timetable cannot be tailored to all individual needs. We cannot confirm which levels will run, or at what times of the day, until the beginning of June 2021.

Fees and Payment
The course fee is US$400 per person for all levels. The fee is reduced to US$250 for students or applicants without income such as volunteers (we may require proof of status). We regret that fees paid cannot be refunded.  After filling the application form you must pay the course fee before your place can be confirmed. We aim to offer all places at the latest during the first week of June 2021 so that you can make arrangements. If you have registered but not paid by the start of the course, your place may be offered to applicants on the waiting list.

We have in the past asked all participants to pay by online bank transfer but are currently exploring ways to enable payments by credit/debit card. You can transfer to local bank details in GBP, EUR, USD or AUD. We will contact you with payment options and instructions. Email bamazaga@gmail.com if you need extra info to make the transfer.

Please email us at bamazaga@gmail.com if you have questions. Or Apply Now.

I thoroughly enjoyed my sections with John and Justin. It was a privilege to study with such top notch academics. Perusing texts in painstaking detail, discussing all the grammatical elements, was a profitable exercise for improving my reading. I found it helpful in John’s class needing to translate sentences into Burmese. It was also useful practicing using different grammatical constructions to create sentences in Burmese. – 2019 course participant.

The materials used were very helpful. Both the audio and written samples helped me understand sentence-structure and grammar far better than I had. I thought the teachers explained constructions and tricky vocabulary very well. Keeping students honest about tones was also very helpful! – 2018 course participant.

This course was excellent and I can’t recommend it enough. Justin was a fabulous instructor (as was Yu Yu) and it was a very enjoyable two weeks.2017 course participant.

I feel very fortunate to have been able to do the course and to have had such experienced, interesting, competent and engaging teachers, and would also like to thank Luke for all the work he has put in. 2017 course participant.

The course was not only really intense and productive but also really social. I met heaps of people from NGOs and even some in my field who I had not met before so it was really good. I recommend this course to everyone learning Burmese.2016 course participant.

Thank for your hard work. It’s my first time to join this intensive Burmese language class but I feel really impressed on how you are very dedicated to support all students. Seeing how other students are very active and enthusiastic to learn Burmese has inspired me a lot to practice more. In the future, I would love to join your class again.2014 course participant.