Subject details

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

  1. Demonstrate confident, accurate recognition and production of Thai phonemes, including tones, to distinguish accurately between close pairs in listening and in speech and to use intonation appropriate to various scenarios.
  2. Recognise and use vocabulary drawn from readings and discussions using royal language and Thai-Lao terms.
  3. Read and easily comprehend longer documents that employ a wide range of structural forms, including markers to indicate linking of ideas and arguments.
  4. Communicate personal views on and offer descriptions of social, economic, political, cultural, historical, and linguistic issues raised in the texts under study, with a degree of spontaneity and confidence, drawing on a base of known patterns; engage in group discussions, including with native speakers.
  5. Demonstrate a familiar understanding of cultural practices and beliefs of higher and lower echelons of Thai society, past and present.

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

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, Thai TV drama series and Thai films
    • 2. Thai perceptions on ‘monarchy institution’ and ‘security’: past and present
    • 3. Roles of the ‘monarchy’ in Thai society: past and present
    • 4. Thai perceptions on the ‘West’: past and present
    • 5. Thai perceptions on Western style of ‘modernisation’ and ‘development’: past and present
    • 6. Impacts of Western style of ‘modernisation’ and ‘development’ on Thai ways of life: past and present
    • 7. Western Vs Eastern style of development and quality of life
    • 8. Buddhist ways of ‘development’ and applications
    • 9. 'Sufficiency Economy’ philosophy and applications
    • 10. ’Sufficiency Economy’ and quality of life in Thailand
    • 11. ’Sufficiency Economy’ and quality of life in ASEAN and the World
    • 12. New forms of ‘sustainable development’ in modern era and quality of life
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Virtual Classroom
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
    • Online materials

      • Online Assessment

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


Completion of THAI2002 Thai 3 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-THAI2003 (Thai 4) 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 4, students continue to 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 cultural and historical themes raised in source texts. 

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

Textbook information is pending.