• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Burmese
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Yuri Takahashi
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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As of 2019 this course is offered 100% online.

This course will introduce students to the Burmese language, and provide them with communicative commands at an Introductory level, with an emphasis on conversation in everyday situations. Students will also begin to familiarise themselves with reading and writing Burmese script.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recognise and pronounce the 32 Burmese consonants, seven basic vowels, and three tones, as well as other distinctive features of Burmese pronunciation such as glottal stops.
  2. Reproduce Burmese pronunciation according to the Romanization system used by SOAS, London University, to support the basic use of English-Burmese and Burmese-English dictionaries; recognize the Burmese script and reproduce basic words in it.
  3. Use an active vocabulary of around 300 items.
  4. Recognise and produce sentence structures in colloquial Burmese to allow short conversations and the reading and writing of short, basic texts.
  5. Understand and compose basic forms of colloquial style of Burmese such as greetings and simple questions and answers about personal details, statements on the quantity and quality of things they encounter in everyday life.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of basic cultural practices such as honorifics for Burmese names and the custom of birthdays of the week.

Other Information

This is a co-taught course. The total number of students for both BURM1002 and BURM6002 is capped at 12 students for Semester 1 2020. The undergraduate version of the course BURM1002 is capped at 9 students and postgraduate version of the course BURM6002 is capped at 3 students.

Equivalent to CEFR A1; MLT (Myanmar Language Test) MB

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

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


Students with native speaker proficiency (may include cognate languages and dialects) must

review the placement test site and contact the CAP Student Centre for appropriate enrolment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to take a language placement test 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 placement test 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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. In class participation (null) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Quizzes (null) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  3. Mid-term written test (null) [LO 1,2,4,5,6]
  4. Mid-term oral test (null) [LO 1,4,5,6]
  5. Final oral test (null) [LO 1,3,4,5,6]
  6. Final written test (null) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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Burmese 1 will have 120 minutes of online class per week.  Each week students are expected to study for 5.5 hours per week as follows:
1.  Before each online class, spend 120 minutes working on the written and audio materials for the lesson, and memorising the new vocabulary and statements.  Check the new grammar to be introduced at the online class.  
2. Participate in one 120 minute online class.
3. 90 minutes completing the online follow-up exercises regarding listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and vocabulary. This time includes a weekly quiz (30 minutes).
4. Students are also expected to spend at least 4.5 hours on individual study practising the week’s written and spoken language forms and vocabulary and reviewing feedback on their work.
The total workload for this course is 130 hours including independent study. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

BURM6002 Incompatible

Prescribed Texts

Burmese By Ear or Essential Myanmar by John Okell (free download) 


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
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
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
3167 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 Online View
OUA Online
4548 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 Online View

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