This begins with over 120 concrete picture words such as from airplane to zoo (most one syllable), and along with each picture is the word in English followed where possible by the word in Lao in its native alphabet as well as phonetically using our Roman alphabet. Lao does not always have a word directly corresponding to the English but in such cases the pictures show what things are. The pictures are mostly black without color so that they and rest of the resource can be more easily copied by you to give your students.
It is helpful for ESL students of Lao first native background regardless of their ages, and it can also be used for example for teaching cultural appreciation, helping with International Days or language clubs, helping to break barriers to enable getting some school friends or buddies, for geography and other social studies classes or units, comparisons with English and or other languages such as Spanish, etc. Even if you don’t have a Lao first-language student/s right now, you may later, especially if you teach in a large city or suburb, or a rural area where many Lao adults are located, for example, as many have done agricultural and or meat processing work.
You will find pronunciation tips, language background information, basic dialog and a grammar sketch at the end in case you yourself or Gifted, Talented, Creative students/s (or any curious, language-oriented students) want to learn some of the language. Knowing some Lao can help a person communicate with ten to twenty million speakers of Lao, and to some extent many more Thai who speak the related Thai language. Language knowledge can give an advantage to students who become interested in international health and rescue work, work done for the U.S. State Department, etc.
J. Mason Emerson