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Thai 1

Undergraduate | ANU-THAI1002 | 2024

Unlock the written and spoken language of Thailand. Build up an active vocabulary and explore Thai’s sentence structures and grammar. Steep yourself in the culture of Thailand and study the social and historical contexts that shaped its language.

Study method
100% online
100% online
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
14 weeks
Start dates
19 Feb 2024

FEE-HELP available

Thai 1

About this subject

  • Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

    1. Recognise and pronounce all Thai consonants, vowels, and tones.
    2. Read and write basic sentences. Read various Thai fonts and understand how to use a Thai computer keyboard.
    3. Use an active vocabulary of about 350 items.
    4. Recognise and use basic Thai grammar and sentence structures, conjunctions, simple modifiers, and particles.
    5. Use simple Thai to speak and write about self and family, time and date, describing things around you, asking for help, information, and direction.
    6. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural issues in relation to language use and politeness.

    In order to achieve these learning outcomes, each week students are expected to study for 6 hours as follows:

    • 90 minutes, before online lecture, working on the written and audio materials for the week, and, memorising the written and spoken forms of that week’s vocabulary
    • 180 minutes, participating in two 90 minute sessions via zoom
    • 90 minutes, completing weekly exercises

    In addition, students are expected to spend at least 4 hours of individual study practising the week's written and spoken language forms, vocabulary, and reviewing feedback on their work. The total workload for the subject is 130 hours over 12 weeks of class and the examination period. 

Entry requirements


This is a subject for beginners. If you have prior experience in learning this language, this subject may not be appropriate for you. You may be required to take a placement test.

Additional requirements

  • Equipment requirements - To successfully engage in this subject students will need the following: - Laptop or computer - Computer camera (either inbuilt or webcam) - Headset with microphone - Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser - Reliable internet access - Access to a scanner or smartphone.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

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