• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Major code THAI-MAJ

Thai is the official language of Thailand and is spoken by around 70 million people as a mother tongue or second language in Thai communities in Thailand and around the world. The study of Thai gives students a unique access to Thailand today and to knowledge of its culture and society. Our ANU courses balances learning to effectively communicate in Thai with promoting students’ abilities to access the rich cultural resources available in Thai literature, film, culture, and society. Students develop Thai language skills in conjunction with an understanding of relevant socio-cultural, political, and historical contexts. The Thai courses foster both students’ personal goals and Australian national interests by preparing graduates for a discerning engagement with Thailand and its culturally diverse settings. Studying Thai as a major can also lead to opportunities outside the classroom and students are encouraged to spend time studying in Thailand through a variety of in-country courses including semester and year abroad options. Competitive scholarships are available to qualified students.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Express themselves confidently in spoken and written Thai in formal and informal registers of the language, appropriate to the situation.

  2. Summarise, analyse, and discuss the contents of a broad range of authentic materials both in print and other media types.

  3. Communicate in spoken and written Thai in an appropriate style with correct grammatical structures, expression, and thematic vocabulary relevant to areas of personal and academic interest.

  4. Communicate in spoken and written Thai an understanding of the socio-cultural context and underlying issues relevant to the materials and situation.

  5. Demonstrate an understanding of how the socio-cultural context impact communication in Thai and the ways in which the language, culture and society are intertwined in discourse in Thai.

Other Information

Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to take 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 take a 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.

International students who are studying all or part of their program on a student visa are advised that this major is only available for online study. Under the Education Services for Overseas Student Act 2000 (ESOS Act), international students on a student visa cannot do more than 33% of their study online. International students interested in enrolling in these courses should contact the CAP Student Centre (cap.student@anu.edu.au) for advice prior to enrolling.

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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

A maximum of 12 units of 1000 level courses.

6 units from the completion of the following compulsory course:

THAI3008 Thai 6 (6 units)

A minimum of 30 units from the completion of the following core courses:

THAI1002 Thai 1 (6 units)

THAI1003 Thai 2 (6 units)

THAI2002 Thai 3 (6 units)

THAI2003 Thai 4 (6 units)

THAI3002 Thai 5 (6 units)

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following elective list:

ASIA2098 Asian and Pacific Studies Internship (12 units)

ASIA2100 Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific (L) (6 units)

ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L) (6 units)

ASIA3108 Research Topics in Asian and Pacific Languages (L) (6 units)*

BURM1002 Burmese 1 (6 units)

BURM1003 Burmese 2 (6 units)

LANG3001 Translation across Languages: the translation of literary texts (6 units)**

LANG3002 Translation across Languages: specialised material (6 units)**

SKRT1002 Sanskrit 1 (6 units)

SKRT1003 Sanskrit 2 (6 units)

*The course is offered in semester 1 and 2 each year. Students may enrol in this course code up to 4 times, under different topics of Thai to be included in this major. Enrolment in this course is subject to the availability and agreement of an appropriate supervisor. It is a requirement that students confirm the approval of the potential supervisor before enrolling in the course. 

** These courses are offered alternately in semester 1 each year.

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