The Introduction to Thai Signs site is part of the National Thai Studies Centre at the Australian National University. The site is an electronic library of 139 Thai signs which have been collected as a resource to help students of the Thai language learn to remember Thai signs and their meanings. According to the difficulty level, signs are graded into eight sets i.e. English words in Thai, Thai signs with an English translation, one word in Thai, two or three words in Thai, three to five words in Thai, longer Thai signs, forbidden signs, and transportation. Signs within each set are grouped into rough topics.
The site contains useful information for users who want to learn the Thai language from signs and notices.
Target Student Population:
The site is directed toward learners of the Thai language.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Learners should know some Thai words in order to understand meanings of signs and notices.
Type of Material:
Learners need to have some motivation to learn the Thai language.
Evaluation and Observation
The title of the site clearly announces its focus. Its clear set of signs allows learners of Thai to quickly identify both desire sign and other interesting signs or notices. This site also provides a short English translation of each sign.
The site is slightly difficult to understand due to its variety of signs/notices and different font types. Learners might not see some of these signs in Thailand because they are out-date.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site is a good resource of teachers to help learners of Thai know some Thai signs and notices. They can integrate these signs into their teaching. The site is also a good resource for tourists who want to travel to Thailand to have some background information of the Thai language. The authenticity of materials makes the site interesting.
Learners who want to learn to read Thai have to consult the instructor because this site does not transliterate Thai words in signs and notices to English. As mentioned earlier, some information on this site is out-dated. Tourists who try to study these signs before visiting Thailand might not see the information presented on this site.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
It is very easy to navigate the site because it is straightforward. Background and font colors are very nice. It makes texts easy to read.
Other Issues and Comments:
It would be more attractive if this site could provide up-to-date and colorful signs.