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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
About this subject
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Recognise and pronounce all Thai consonants, vowels, and tones.
- Read and write basic sentences. Read various Thai fonts and understand how to use a Thai computer keyboard.
- Use an active vocabulary of about 350 items.
- Recognise and use basic Thai grammar and sentence structures, conjunctions, simple modifiers, and particles.
- Use simple Thai to speak and write about self and family, time and date, describing things around you, asking for help, information, and direction.
- 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.
- Greeting and getting to know each other the Thai way
- Thai alphabet and vowels
- Basic rules for speaking, writing and reading Thai
- Thai style of greeting and making friends
- Thai family structure and seniority
- Thai values regarding education and professions
- Thai beliefs regarding locations and people’s place in society
- Thai beliefs regarding auspiciousness
- Thailand – Australia relationships
- Being a ‘welcome visitor’ in Thailand
- Being ‘alert’ when consuming Thai food in Thailand
- Being ‘aware’ when shopping in Thailand
- Be ’adventurous’ and ‘get off the beaten track’
- Revision & Preparation for final examination
This introductory course introduces students to spoken and written Thai. In this course, students will learn the tones, consonants, vowels, essential grammar, polite particles, and the writing system of the Thai language. Students will also have the opportunity to learn a range of simple sentence patterns. They will learn to read and write basic sentences which will enable them to use the language in day-to-day situations. The course covers basic knowledge of Thailand, greetings, self and family, time and date, describing things around you, and asking for help, information, and directions. Cultural issues in relation to language use and politeness will also be included.
This is a fast paced academic course at a University level, Via face-to-face video at a set time prescribed by the University. Please be aware of potential time zone differences.
- Vocabulary quizzes - 20-30 words each week (10%)
- Weekly written, listening and oral homework (30%)
- In-class activities and participation : Students are required to actively participate in the oral class discussion during the class through activities and assessments (20%)
- Oral mid-term exam, listening and reading (20%)
- Oral final exam, listening and reading (20%)
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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.
- 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.
- 0.125 EFTSL
- This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
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