• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Minor code THAI-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate

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 minor employs an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach, supporting the growth of analytical and other scholarly skills. Over the course of the minor, students can develop competencies that will enable them to access some native language resources, engage in a broad range of everyday social contexts, and share their personal views.

Students in this minor are encouraged to spend time studying 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.

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Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this minor, 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 transliteration; recognise various Thai script fonts and use a Thai computer keyboard.

3. Recognise and use vocabulary drawn from readings and discussions using royal language and Thai-Lao terms.

4. Read and easily comprehend longer documents that employ a wide range of structural forms, including markers to indicate linking of ideas and arguments.

5. Communicate personal views and offer descriptions in impromptu language situations, drawing on a base of known patterns.

6. Demonstrate a familiar understanding of cultural practices and beliefs of higher and lower echelons of Thai society, past and present.

Other Information

A student may not take a course that is a prerequisite or a lower level than a course which they have already passed.

Students that are commencing language studies who have prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test before enrolling for the first time. Students will not be permitted to enrol in a course at a lower than the level they achieve in the placement test, and may be exempted from compulsory courses.

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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
THAI1002 Thai 1 6
THAI1003 Thai 2 6
THAI2002 Thai 3 6
THAI2003 Thai 4 6
THAI3002 Thai 5 6
THAI3008 Thai 6 6
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
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