Subject details

On satisfying the requirements of this subject, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Introductory level of Thai to:

  • Recognise and use all Thai consonants, vowels and tone markers, including their combination in syllables
  • Recognise and use a basic scheme of transliteration; recognise various Thai fonts and use a Thai computer keyboard
  • Use an active vocabulary of about 1000 items
  • Recognise and use basic Thai grammar and sentence structures, such as subject verb‐object structures, conjunctions, simple modifiers, and particles
  • Use simple Thai expressions to discuss issues relating to kinship relations, personal status, greetings, occupations, numbers, time, food, travel‐related signs, requesting help and basic transactions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for Thai cultural norms and sensitivities, as well as distinctive Thai behaviours.

In order to achieve these learning outcomes, each week students are expected to study for 5 hours as follows:

  • 60 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
  • 60 minutes, completing weekly exercises

In addition, students are expected to spend at least 5 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
    • Conclusion
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Glossary
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Virtual Classroom
      • Web links
      • Wikis
    • Online materials

      • FAQs
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials
      • Quizzes
      • Resources and Links
    • Other materials

      • Audio
      • Video


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.

Special requirements

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    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.

Please note: This subject has reached capacity and is no longer accepting further enrolments.

Thai 1 sets students on the path to an engagement with Thailand by introducing them to the Thai language, both spoken and written, and developing in them the cultural knowledge required to support effective day‐to‐day interactions. Students will develop Thai language skills in conjunction with an understanding of relevant social, political, cultural and historical contexts.

  • In class oral tests during semester (40%)
  • Take home written assessments (20%)
  • Two online tests - mid semester and end of semester (40%)