Subject details

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

  1. Recognise and use Thai phonemes, including tones, with improved accuracy as well as recognise some etiquette implications of such features of pronunciation as softening.
  2. Use an active vocabulary of about 2000 items, to allow more detailed interactions, expression of views and simple interviewing activities.
  3. Recognise and use longer sentence structures and passages, identify sentence boundaries in the absence of punctuation, and use appropriate particles.
  4. Communicate in speaking and writing to request information in day‐to‐day life, about Thai society, and from Thai people.
  5. Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of Thai customs relating to religion and other beliefs.

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

  1. 60 minutes, before class, studying the written and audio materials for the week
  2. 180 minutes, participating in two 90 minute sessions via zoom
  3. 60 minutes, completing weekly exercises

In addition, students are expected to spend at least 5 hours of individual study practicing the week's written and spoken language forms, vocabulary, and reviewing feedback on their work. 

The total workload for the course is 130 hours over 12 weeks of class and the examination period. 

    • 1. Basic Reading: Characteristics 1
    • 2. Basic Reading: Characteristics 2
    • 3. Thai Story 1: such as ‘In‐Jan’
    • 4. Thai Story 2: such as ‘Mai Yaak Pen Khwaai’
    • 5. Thai Story 3: such as ‘Mai Yaak Pen Khwaai’
    • 6. Thai Story 4: such as ‘Happiness of Kathi’
    • 7. Group Discussion
    • 8. Advertisements
    • 9. Signs, notices, posters
    • 10. Thai News
    • 11. Thai edutainments
    • 12. Review and Conclusion
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Glossary
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • FAQs
      • Online Assessment
    • Other materials

      • Audio
      • Video

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:


Completion of THAI1002 Thai 1 or demonstration of equivalent level through completion of a placement test. Students with prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test. Students are not permitted to enrol in a subject that is lower than the level they achieve in the placement test, or a lower level than a subject they have already completed. Students without the appropriate level of proficiency for ANU-THAI1003 (Thai 2) will be withdrawn from this subject and we will recommend an alternative subject at the correct level.

Special requirements

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

Thai 2 continues from Thai 1 by introducing students to further aspects of the Thai language, both spoken and written, and developing their cultural knowledge of Thailand's hierarchical and culturally diverse society. Students undertake introductory translation exercises and participate in extended group discussions.

  • Multiple during the semester (Oral tests) (40%)
  • Multiple during the semester (Written tests) (30%)
  • Written mid-semester and final exams (30%)

Textbook information is pending.