- Code TETM1003
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Tetum
- Areas of interest Asian Languages
All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020.
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 to 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.
In this course, students will build on the skills learned in Tetum 1. As in the preceding course, student will gain a practical command of basic spoken Tetum and a capacity to read in Tetum. By the end of this course, students should have a vocabulary of around 2000 of the most frequently used and useful Tetum words. Students will deepen their command of the main features of Tetum grammar, and learn how to discuss topics such as animals, people, transport, work and traffic.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Use an active vocabulary of about 2000 items.
- Recognise and produce phrase and sentence structures to conduct simple conversations and the reading, writing, and translation of texts on a wide range of topics.
- Communicate in speaking and writing on a range of everyday topics, including animals, hospitals, transport, health, meetings, cars and accidents, describing people, education systems, and jobs.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the culture and everyday life of Timor-Leste, including such topics as interpersonal relationships, the education system, and work life.
This course is 100% online.
On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Introductory level of Tetum.
Students with native speaker proficiency (may include cognate languages and dialects) must review the language proficiency assessment site and contact the CAP Student Centre for appropriate enrolment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to undertake 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 undertake a language 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.
- 1 Oral presentation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- 4 written tests (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- 2 oral tests (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Assignment translation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Workload130 hours including independent study, online modules and online classes
Requisite and Incompatibility
Hull, Geoffrey, Mai Kolia Tetun (accompanied by audio tapes).
Preliminary ReadingCourse materials will be supplied on Wattle.
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