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A THAI TOOLKIT by PHILIP STOKES(A WORK IN PROGRESS PUBLICATION)© Philip Stokes 20080. Before you start
This book is based on my experiences as a language teacher and alanguage learner. It is different from other books on the Thai languageavailable to foreigners, and a word needs to be said about themethodology.One of the earliest things that struck me as I first set out to learn Thaiwas the vast difference in style and methodology of the books availableto foreigners learning Thai compared to the books available to anyonelearning English. The former are, generally, full of vocabulary lists,sample sentences and common phrases with few theoretical explanationsor practical exercises. Audio materials are somewhat similar: hundreds of expressions for the learner to listen to and repeat. There is nothingwrong with this
; indeed, the present book contains, in part, all of these characteristics. However, if you look at a typical English languagelearning textbook you will see something quite different. Yes, there arevocabulary lists, sentence patterns and audio tracks to listen to andrepeat. But there is also a whole lot more. There are grammar points,theoretical explanations, and always – the only true way to acquire aforeign language – a plethora of practical exercises in each unit, coupledwith consolidation exercises in later units. A good textbook needs toprovide a variety of graded activities that one can perform with thelanguage to test and stretch the cognitive and conceptual connectionslearners need to create in order to internalise a new language.