- Total units 48 Units
- Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
- Major code THAI-MAJ
- Academic career Undergraduate
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Thai courses foster both students' personal goals and Australian national interests by equipping graduates for deep and positive engagement with Thailand, Southeast Asia and other culturally diverse settings. Students develop Thai language skills in conjunction with an understanding of relevant social, political, cultural and historical contexts. The major employs an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach, supporting the growth of analytical and other scholarly skills. Over the course of the major, students can develop competencies that will enable them to access valuable native language resources, engage constructively in a broad range of social and professional contexts, and effectively share their academic insights.
Students in this major are encouraged to spend time studying at a tertiary institution in Thailand. This can be done either through intensive in-country study in the summer or winter breaks, or through a year of study in the Year in Asia program. Competitive scholarships are available to qualified students.
A student may not take a course if that course is a prerequisite for another course which they have already passed, or a course that is a lower level than a course they have already passed.
Students with prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test and may be exempted from the compulsory course.
On satisfying the requirements of this major, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Advanced 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 transliteration; recognise various Thai script fonts and use a Thai computer keyboard.
3. Recognise and use a specialist vocabulary suitable for independent study on areas of personal academic interest.
4. Create sentence structures to support the expression of complex ideas and arguments.
5. Evaluate formal and informal texts, and interact independently with informants to elicit desired information.
6. Debate current issues in Thai culture with native speakers spontaneously and in a manner appropriate to all different levels of society.
This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:
6 units from completion of the following course(s):
A minimum of 30 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:
|THAI2525||Learning Language Locally: Thailand||6-12|
|ASIA3083||Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages A||6|
|ASIA3108||Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B||6|
A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:
|ASIA2103||Language in Asia and the Pacific (L)||6|
|ASIA2100||Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific (L)||6|
|ASIA2098||Asian and Pacific Studies Internship||6-12|