Certificate Courses

Linguistics Certificate Courses

The following is a list of certificate courses offered by the Linguistics Department. Click on the links to view more details.

Contact Person

If you have any questions about the courses, please contact Linguistics Department Administrative Assistant at pyulingasst@gmail.com.

Application Form

Download the Application for Certificate Courses

Download the Application for Basic EthnoArts Certificate Courses

Download the Application for Advanced EthnoArts Certificate Courses

The application deadline for the EthnoArts classes is 29 April 2016.


Instructions for Application Form:

  • Click the link above and save the document to your computer first. Do not edit it before saving it to your computer where you can find it later.
  • Open the document that was saved to your computer and fill it in electronically.
  • Type your full name on the “Signature of Applicant” line.
  • When complete, email to Linguistics Department Administrative Assistant (Linguistics Courses) at pyulingasst@gmail.com or for EthnoArts Courses – Debbi Hosken at debbi_hosken@sil.org.

If you are unable to edit the document please contact Linguistics Department Administrative Assistant at pyulingasst@gmail.com.

General Information for Certificate Participants

Dress code: In Thailand the dress code at Universities is fairly formal.

  • Men wear trousers and shirts (no T-shirts)
  • Women wear skirts and blouses or traditional dress
  • Dress shoes (i.e. NOT casual flip flops)

Wireless internet on site: You can log on to PYU WiFi using the username and password given by the Department; please request this in advance on the application form.

Website: You can find campus maps online here.

Drinking water: Payap University provides water dispensers on every floor of the building. Please do not drink from the tap.

Food on campus: There are various restaurants on and near campus – the University cafeteria, the international house cafeteria, and restaurants across the bridge.
Snacks: There is a UFM stand right next to the building, and the Payap coffee shop at the entrance.

Banks: There are 3 ATMs close to the cafeteria
Siam Commercial bank at the Big C shopping center close to Payap.
You will need your passport to exchange money.

Library: You may use the Library for reading newspapers and working on your assignments.


Certificate Course in MultiLingual Education (MLE)

Dates: 6 June – 1 July 2016

This course on Mother Tongue Based MultiLingual Education will be held at Payap University in collaboration with LEAD-Asia. This training program aims to equip community development practitioners in the theory and design of effective MTB-MLE programs. The course will be held June 6 to July 1, 2016 and is being planned in response to the growing interest in MTB-MLE around Asia. The course will be led by Dr. Karla Smith, Dr. Catherine Young and Dr. Kristine Trammel and we invite decision-makers and front-line facilitators of MTB-MLE programs from around Asia to apply.
At the completion of the 4-week course, a certificate of participation from Payap University will be given. For those wishing to receive credit toward an MA degree for the course, an additional two-week module is planned for mid-2017 to complete course requirements.

Course objectives:

  • Participants completing the certificate course will participate effectively in MTB-MLE programs as advocates, program planners and trainers of other project staff.
  • Participants completing the accredited course will be equipped to lead projects, design curriculum, and act as advocates and trainers.
  • Communities around Asia will have:
    • Well-designed MTB-MLE programs
    • Excited leaders and teachers
    • Successful children who are able to learn in both the home language and the national/regional language(s).

Costs: The certificate course fee is US$300. Participants will pay their own travel, lodging  (approximately US$250 for shared room and US$350 for single room for one month) and food (average US$10 per day).
Please contact ellen_errington@sil.org to register or to ask further questions about the course.

Registration Deadline: May 1st, 2016



Certificate in Cultural Anthropology

Dates: 11 January – 31 March 2016

The goal of this course is to equip field workers with the anthropological concepts, theories, and methods that will help them to understand, value, and work successfully within the cultures they encounter. After completing this course, students will have:

  • been introduced to the major areas within cultural anthropology, including social, political, economic, and religious organization
  • been introduced to ethnographic field methods for collecting cultural data
  • completed projects in which they apply those field methods
  • been exposed to ethnographic research

The majority of cross-cultural problems encountered by people working overseas are not, as is often thought, the result of inadequate linguistic skills, but come about because of lack of training in, or inability to use, the tools and skills of cultural anthropology. This course is designed to introduce the student to these problems, and to acquaint him with techniques for overcoming them.

Fee: 5,000 baht with a minimum of 3 students.


Certificate in Foundational Linguistics

Dates: 2 May – 29 July 2016
These courses are designed to give students the foundational tools in linguistics. For students wishing to enroll in the MA program these courses meet the prerequisite requirement.

The fee for the Certificate in Foundations of Linguistics is 2,500 Thai Baht per participant per course (7,500 Thai Baht for all three). This cost covers all supervision, in-class materials, and an orientation.

Language and Culture Acquisition

Dates: TBA
This is a 5-week intensive course designed to help participants learn principles and techniques to learning any language as well as effective cross-cultural communication. In particular, by the end of the course, each student will be able to plan and carry out a successful program of independent L&C learning with a language helper using a variety of techniques; learn new ways to learn a language more effectively, monitor your progress in L&C learning and learn how to explore a new culture.

Fee: The fee for the Language and Culture Acquisition course is 5,000 Thai baht. To learn more and/or to register for the course, contact pyulingasst@gmail.com.
Note: Accommodation is the responsibility of the participant or their sponsor.

EthnoArts Certificate Classes

What is EthnoArts?

Art forms, like language, are found in every culture. Ethnic Art forms (songs, poems, dance, drama, verbal arts, and visual arts) are fundamental elements of any cultural system, and reflect the heart concerns and responses of a culture. They are communication tools. Oral traditions house their library of cultural and value-centered information, not in buildings or in books on shelves, but in songs, poems, dances, dramas, stories, visual arts, and other expressive mediums. These cultural traditions, when accessed appropriately, function as an effective bridge for an oral tradition’s comfortable movement towards new innovations which are entering their changing life context.

Certificates in Ethnomusicology and Arts

These courses provide participants with a framework for increased awareness of these expressive cultural forms, an opportunity to learn and apply research tools to assist them in understanding and documenting these art forms, and tools for application to domains such as Language Development, Community Development, Scripture Engagement and Use, and more.

Basic Principles of Ethnomusicology and Arts

Dates: 1st -14th June 2016
This two week course, designed to assist nationals and expatriates working throughout Asia, offers an overview of Ethnomusicology and Arts from both academic and applied perspectives, and especially demonstrates how music and arts advocacy can benefit language communities. The course includes input sessions, microteaching, individual study, and basic application to each student’s individual context. The course will be taught in English, and so a level of proficiency in English is needed. On successful completion of the class, students will receive a certificate with a grade of Pass or High Pass. All students are required to complete a pre-course reading assignment.

Download the Course Information PDF

Certificate in EthnoArts and MLE

Dates: 4th – 8th July 2016
This one week course, designed to assist nationals and expatriates working throughout Asia focuses on appropriate ways to develop and integrate culturally relevant ethnic art forms into MLE and literacy programs. A manual for integration of EthnoArts into MLE and Literacy Development will be used for this course. Some practical experience in developing relevant materials will be explored. At the end of the training, the participants should have increased awareness of how the Arts function within their working/living context, some tools for steps in research techniques related to EthnoArts, and some basic helps in specific ways that ethnic art forms can be applied appropriately to their developing or existing MLE and literacy programs. All applicants for this class should have prior experience in MLE and Literacy work.


Advanced Certificates in Ethnomusicology and Arts

Our three core Advanced EthnoArts classes, EthnoArts Analysis Techniques, Research Methods in EthnoArts and Applied EthnoArts will be be held in the Aug-Nov 2017 time frame.


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