- Code TETM6104
- 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, Asia Pacific Studies
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.
Students of this course will learn Tetum at a lower-intermediate level. Students will be introduced to new vocabulary, improve their grammar skills, build on their spoken Tetum skills, and learn to write passages of Tetum on several non-technical topics. This course's topics include directions, school and higher education, cooking, describing people and having a party.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Use an active vocabulary of about 3000 words.
- Understand, use, and translate a broad range of sentence structures in extended texts on a range of non-technical topics such as transport, schools, giving directions, using telephones, making plans, family relations, having a party.
- Communicate in speaking and writing with a degree of confidence in a variety of contexts, including discussing one’s own education and schools, families, transport, and giving directions using a map.
- Demonstrate an understanding of cultural issues and current affairs in Timor-Leste, including such topics as local customs, political strife, and celebrations.
This course is 100% online.
On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Advanced Beginner 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) (10) [LO null]
- 4 written tests - 20% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4) (20) [LO null]
- 2 oral tests - 60% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4) (60) [LO null]
- Assignment translation - 10% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4) (10) [LO null]
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Workload3 hours per week of face-to-face online classes, with an expected 7 hours per week of independent study.
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