FSI - Laotian Reading Course

We made using the FSI - Laotian Reading Course material easier to use and more effective. You can now read the ebook (in the pane on the left), listen to the audio (pane to the right) and practice your pronunciation (use on the Pronunciation Tool tab on right) all at the same time.

The FSI - Laotian Reading Course material can be used both as a self-guided course or with the assistance of a qualified Lao tutor.

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Foreign Service Institute Lao  - Image The FSI Reading Lao courses is made up of two different parts. This text is one part of the course. The other portion is a set of audio recordings. The text provides all of the visual material, and the audios provide all the audio portion of the course. Neither is complete without the other. However, the text and the audiod materials together comprise a fully self-instructional course in reading basic Lao written materials.

As has been said before, this is a fully programmed course. As such this course was designed with the following basic tenets in mind:
(1) Organization of material for presentation in an orderly and systematic fashion,
(2) Presentation of material in small increments,
(3) Frequent and varied repetition of points of information, or not, with good facility and would be able to read intermediate materials with moderate use of the dictionary.
(4) Elicitation of correct responses,
(5) Provision for immediate confirmation of responses, and
(6) Guidance with respect to subject matter.

The term 'fully self-instructional' is used to mean that no outside help is required to learn the material. Whatever guidance is required is provided in the audios.

Lao or Laotian is a tonal language of the TaiKadai language family. It is the official language of Laos, and also spoken in the northeast of Thailand, where it is usually referred to as the Isan language. Being the primary language of the Lao people, Lao is also an important second language for the multitude of ethnic groups in Laos and in Isan. Lao, like many languages in Laos, is written in the Lao script, which is an abugida script. Although there is no official standard, the Vientiane dialect has become the de facto standard. The Lao language is descended from Tai languages spoken in what is now southern China and northern Vietnam (probably by some of the various peoples referred to as the Baiyue) in areas believed to be the homeland of the language family and where several related languages are still spoken by scattered minority groups. Due to Han Chinese expansion, Mongol invasion pressures, and a search for lands more suitable for wet-rice cultivation, the Tai peoples moved south towards India, down the Mekong River valley, and as far south as the Malay Peninsula. Oral history of the migrations is preserved in the legends of Khun Borom. Tai speakers in what is now Laos pushed out or absorbed earlier groups of MonKhmer and Austronesian languages.

Lao is spoken in: Laos

Lao is also called: Eastern Thai, Lao, Lao Kao, Lao Wiang, Lao-Lum, Lao-Noi, Lao-Tai, Laotian, Laotian Tai, L?o, Lum Lao, Phou Lao, Rong Kong, Tai Lao

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