Undergraduate | ANU-THAI2002 | 2024
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Engage with Thai language at an intermediate level and get ready to interact with native speakers. Through texts and tv, explore ideas of family, spirituality, and leadership. Add challenging words to your vocabulary and read longer pieces.
About this subject
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Use an active vocabulary of around 1000 items.
- Recognise and use markers to indicate the linking of ideas and arguments.
- Read, comprehend, and produce simple, longer Thai written passages with a wider range of structural forms on non-technical topics with the aid of substantial vocabulary lists.
- Participate in conversational situations of familiar and concrete topics including a limited range of historical, cultural, and contemporary social issues.
- Demonstrate a cultural understanding of prevalent Thai perceptions and practices regarding such topics as way of life and religious beliefs.
In order to achieve these learning outcomes, each week students are expected to study for 6 hours as follows:
- 90 minutes, before class, studying the written and audio materials for the week
- 180 minutes, participating in two x 90 minute sessions via zoom
- 90 minutes, completing weekly exercises
The students are expected to spend at least 4 hours of individual study practising the week's written and spoken language forms and vocabulary, reviewing feedback on their work and doing research.
- General revision, essential grammar, watch Thai TV drama series and Thai films
- Thai perceptions on ‘home’ and ‘family
- Thai perceptions on ‘Buddhism’ and ‘other beliefs’
- Thai perceptions on ‘school’ and ‘education’
- Thai perceptions on ‘monarchy’ and ‘military’
- Thai social values: past and present
- 'Diversity’ in Thailand, read the book entitled ‘Letters from Thailand’
- Thai-Chinese-Western perceptions on ‘home’ and ‘family’
- Thai-Chinese-Western perceptions on ‘school’ and ‘education’
- Thai-Chinese-Western perceptions on ‘religion’ and ‘other beliefs’
- Thai-Chinese-Western perceptions on ‘career development’
- Thai-ness, Chinese-ness, and other-ness: past and present
Thai 3 is an Advanced Beginner-Low Intermediate level course. The course covers a wider range of structural forms; as well as the use of markers to indicate the linking of ideas and arguments. It also covers a limited range of historical, cultural, and contemporary social topics. Students use their growing socio-linguistic skills to read and listen to both modified and short unmodified texts and audio-visual media on relevant themes and situations. They develop grammatical understanding through spoken, written, and translation exercises. They discuss and write about selected social and cultural situations and issues. Students at this level are able to converse on a range of familiar and concrete topics with native speakers who are willing to speak clearly and simply without colloquialism.
Via face-to-face video at a set time prescribed by the University. Please be aware of potential time zone differences.
Participation is not equal to 'Attendance'. Participation and class activities are assessed throughout the semester based on individual student's engagement. Students are required to actively participate in the activities and their in-class performance should reflect the progress they have made by completing these tasks.
- 10 Weekly Quizzes (10%)
- In-class and take home assignments focused on comprehensive reading (30%)
- Mid-semester online oral exam (5%)
- Final online oral exam (5%)
- 2 translation assignments (10%)
- Mid-Semester written exam (15%)
- Final Written Exam (15%)
- Contribution in class (10%)
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To help set you up for success before you start this subject, we suggest completing or having equivalent knowledge in:
Completion of THAI1003 Thai 2 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-THAI2002 (Thai 3) will be withdrawn from this subject and we will recommend an alternative subject at the correct level.
- 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
- Other requirements - This is a fast paced academic course at a University level.
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
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