Subject details

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

  1. Recognise and use Thai phonemes, including tones, at a level generally sufficient for effective communication with native speakers, including some longer and more challenging words; recognise and discuss intonation as linked to hierarchical relationships, and distinguish some features of regional and foreign accents.
  2. Use vocabulary drawn from readings and discussions, particularly on Sino – Thai issues, Buddhism and monastic languages, traditional and archaic terms, and idioms.
  3. Read and comprehend longer Thai written passages with a wide range of structural forms; recognise and use markers to indicate linking of ideas and arguments.
  4. Participate in a variety of conversational situations on social, economic, political, cultural, historical, and linguistic issues raised in key texts, drawing on a base o known language patterns.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural issues stemming from interactions between diverse ethnic groups; and display a nuanced awareness of Buddhism as applied to daily life. 

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 x 90 minute sessions via zoom
  3. 60 minutes, completing weekly exercises

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

    • 1. General revision, essential grammar, watch Thai TV drama series and Thai films
    • 2. Thai perceptions on ‘home’ and ‘family
    • 3. Thai perceptions on ‘Buddhism’ and ‘other beliefs’
    • 4. Thai perceptions on ‘school’ and ‘education’
    • 5. Thai perceptions on ‘monarchy’ and ‘military’
    • 6. Thai social values: past and present
    • 7. 'Diversity’ in Thailand, read the book entitled ‘Letters from Thailand’
    • 8. Thai-Chinese-Western perceptions on ‘home’ and ‘family’
    • 9. Thai-Chinese-Western perceptions on ‘school’ and ‘education’
    • 10. Thai-Chinese-Western perceptions on ‘religion’ and ‘other beliefs’
    • 11. Thai-Chinese-Western perceptions on ‘career development’
    • 12. Thai-ness, Chinese-ness, and other-ness: past and present
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Virtual Classroom
    • Online materials

      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links

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


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.

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - 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

In Thai 3, students use their growing socio-linguistic skills to analyse and discuss intermediate-level source texts, interact with native speakers, and undertake writing and translation exercises. They undertake independent research and present on linguistic, cultural and historical themes raised in source texts, including ethnic minority perspectives.

  • In class oral tests throughout the semester (25%%)
  • In-class and take home assignments focused on comprehensive reading (20%%)
  • Take home assignments focused on critical and analytical writing in Thai (20%%)
  • Take home translation assignments (10%%)
  • Mid semester Thai oral test (10%%)
  • Final paper focused on analytical and critical writing in English (15%%)

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