• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Tibetan

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This course introduces students to the Tibetan Language in both its spoken and literary forms. It includes: (a) Development of conversational skills in Tibetan; (b) Instruction in reading and writing the Uchen script as used for Tibetan; (c) Explanation of the grammar of spoken and written Tibetan; (d) Reading of graded texts in the Tibetan script.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

 1. Engage with Tibetan at an introductory level;

2. Pronounce all Tibetan consonants, vowels and the changes that occur when letters are stacked;

3. Recognize the Tibetan Dbu chen script, and construct words and sentences from its syllabary;

4. Employ a working vocabulary of around 250 words by working through the first seven lessons of Introduction to the Tibetan Language;

5. Identify and use the basic colloquial sentence structures that will allow them to conduct everyday conversations and to read simple Tibetan texts;

6. Ask about people they meet, their families, the quantity and quality of things and people they encounter, and when and where people are travelling;

7. Consider the importance of family, travel and surroundings to people who inhabit the high mountains of Tibet. 

Other Information

This course is 100% online. 

Indicative Assessment

(1) Weekly Homework — 40%

(2) Take-home Test (48 hours in Week 5 or 6) — 20%

(4) Final Assignment — 30%

(5) Participation — 10% 

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The course runs for 12 weeks in the first semester. Each week, it requires two contact hours and eight hours of independent learning through online materials. Students need to do the following:

(1) Work through a half or whole ETextbook lesson and the explanatory videos.

(2) Attend two short online classes.

(3) After these classes, complete your assigned homework. This will consist of the exercises that follow each of the ETextbook’s lessons. These exercises are due at the end of the week in which the lesson is completed.

(4) Mark your written homework using the answers in the back of the book, scan and then upload it and your voice recording homework onto Wattle.

(5) Learn the vocabulary words for each lesson. These words will be listed at the end of each lesson and are available on Quizlet.


You will be expected to work through one ETextbook lesson every two weeks, except for Lesson 3 (in week 5) and Lesson 7 (in week 12), which are shorter lessons. You will be given one week each for these two lessons.


There will also be two other assessments conducted during the semester, and you will be marked on your participation.


Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with TIBN6002


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course 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
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
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
OUA Online
5085 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 Online N/A
ANU Online
5086 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 Online N/A

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