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

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Tetum is the language of Timor-Leste. The study of Tetum is essential for anyone wishing to understand Timor-Leste's society, culture and history. The ANU offers the rare opportunity to complete a minor in Tetum. Timor-Leste is a close neighbour of Australia and ties between these two countries are increasing through international security, trade and development projects. Students completing a minor in Tetum will be uniquely placed to engage with the Timorese people, state, and society. The four courses needed to complete the minor are not offered on campus, but are instead available 100% online and can be studied from anywhere. Students who complete this language minor will reach an Intermediate level of Tetum skills and knowledge.

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Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this minor, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Intermediate level of Tetum to:

1. Recognise and pronounce all Tetum vowels, consonants, with appropriate intonation.

2. Using an active vocabulary of about 3500 words; read and understand short authentic written texts with help of a dictionary.

3. Understand, use and translate a broad range of sentence structures in extended texts on a range of non-technical topics such as work roles, administration, law and government, violence, environment, and the history of Timor-Leste.

4. Communicate in speaking with spontaneity and confidence on topics including discussion of gender roles, Timor-Leste-Australia relations, law and crime, and health; write simple passages on non-technical topics with a fair degree of accuracy.

5. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural issues and current affairs in Timor-Leste, including such topics as dating and romance, home life, food culture, education systems, the environment, and Timor-Leste’s place in the world.

Other Information

The delivery mode of this minor is 100% online. There are no on-campus classes for this minor. 

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 commencing language studies who have prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test before enrolling for the first time, and it may be the case that students with prior knowledge are not able to complete the unit load needed to fulfil the requirements of minor. 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 consist of:

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

TETM1002 Tetum 1

TETM1003 Tetum 2

TETM2004 Tetum 3

TETM2005 Tetum 4

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