• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Thai
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Numtip Lyons
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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This introductory course introduces students to spoken and written Thai. In this course students will learn the tones, consonants, vowels, essential grammar, polite particles and the writing system of the Thai language. Students will also have the opportunity to learn a range of simple sentence patterns. They will learn to read and write basic sentences which will enable them to use the language in day-to-day situations. The course covers basic knowledge of Thailand, greetings, self and family, time and date, describing things around you, and asking for help, information and directions. Cultural issues in relation to language use and politeness will also be included. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Recognise and pronounce all Thai consonants, vowels, and tones.
  2. Read and write basic sentences. Read various Thai fonts and understand how to use a Thai computer keyboard.
  3. Use an active vocabulary of about 350 items.
  4. Recognise and use basic Thai grammar and sentence structures, conjunctions, simple modifiers, and particles.
  5. Use simple Thai to speak and write about self and family, time and date, describing things around you, asking for help, information and direction.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural issues in relation to language use and politeness.

Other Information

This is a co-taught course. The total number of students for both THAI1002 and THAI6102 is capped at 24 students for Semester 1 2020. The undergraduate version of the course THAI1002 is capped at 22 students and postgraduate version of the course THAI6102 is capped at 2 students.

This course is 100% online. 

On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Introductory level of Thai.


Students with native speaker proficiency (may include cognate languages and dialects) must review the language proficiency assessment site and contact the CAP Student Centre for appropriate enrolment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to undertake a language proficiency assessment to ensure enrolment at the most appropriate level.


Relevant past experience includes:

-       Previous study of the language (both formal and informal, for example but not limited to, at school, or, home, or through online activities, etc.)

-       Being exposed to the language in childhood via a family member or friend

-       Travel or living in a country where the language is spoken

-       The language being spoken in your home (even if you do not speak it yourself)


Students who are not sure if they need to undertake a language proficiency assessment should seek advice from the course or language convenor. Students who intentionally misrepresent their language proficiency level may be investigated under the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 as having failed to comply with assessment directions and having sought unfair advantage. This may results in a penalty such as reduced grades or failure of the course.


Students are not permitted to enrol in a language course below one that they have already successfully completed, except with permission of the language and/or course convenor.


As language courses are sequential, this may mean that students can only commence their language course in the following semester.


Fees - Students enrolling through Open Univers

Indicative Assessment

  1. Weekly vocabulary quizzes (20-30 words each week) (10) [LO 1,3,5]
  2. Take home written assessments (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Mid-semester oral, listening, and reading examination (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  4. Final oral, listening, reading, and writing examination (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  5. In-class activities (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  6. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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The total workload for the subject is 130 hours over 12 weeks of class and the examination period. 

Each week students are expected to study for 6 hours as follows:

  • 90 minutes, before online lecture, working on the written and audio materials for the week, and revising the written and spoken contents as well as vocabulary.
  • 180 minutes, participating in two 90-minute sessions via zoom
  • 90 minutes, completing weekly exercises.

In addition, students are expected to spend at least 4 hours of individual study practising the week's written and spoken language forms, vocabulary, and reviewing feedback on their work.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You may not enrol in this course if you have previously completed THAI1004 or THAI6102.

Prescribed Texts

Details of the required text books will be published in the class summary.

Supplementary materials will be provided on Wattle. 

Preliminary Reading

Add recommended reading here for each course. (2-3 items).


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
ANU Online
2748 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 Online View
OUA Online
4666 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 Online View

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