The Burmese Language & Culture School at IPFW encourages children (K-12) of Northeastern Indiana to learn and to gain a cross-cultural experience by learning the Burmese language, in order to maintain a leadership role in local and global markets.
The programs are open to non-Burmese children along with Burmese children and follow a structured, defined, proven curriculum. Courses are structured to meet the students’ needs and demands. The school will eventual offer three courses: an introductory Script Course, a Beginning Burmese course, and an Intermediate Burmese course.
This is the beginning course. Lessons are designed for Myanmar language learners who want to learn basics of the language. Script lessons include reading and writing. This course features 40 lesson plans with authentic readings. Each lesson is organized through the use of recognition and reproduction of the learned material and script reproduction drills and quizzes.
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September 7 – November 23 (12 meetings)
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Kyaw (Joe) Soe, instructor
$190 Fee includes materials.
Kyaw (Joe) Soe is the principal and instructor of the Burmese School at IPFW. He has a graduate degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Elementary Education and a Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate. He has taught in Thailand and the US. Joe is also a translator/interpreter for Fort Wayne Community Schools and founder of the IPFW New Immigrant Literacy Program. He received the 2006 Indiana’s Governor Award recipient of National Service and Volunteerism.
The beginning lessons are designed for those who want to learn the basic skills of reading, writing and speaking the language after having completed the Introductory Script Course. This course has sixteen lessons that feature greetings, questions/answers, and daily communication. Students will listen to and read text in lessons using a glossary and syntax, as well as practice drills and quizzes.
The course teaches advanced skills in reading, writing and speaking the Burmese language and has sixteen lessons. The lessons include informative topics about Myanmar and Myanmar’s culture. At the end of this course, students will have meaningful experiences to understand the culture and language of Burmese and even prepare for the global business world.