- Code TETM6002
- 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.
In this introductory course, students will gain a practical command of beginner spoken Tetum, and an elementary capacity to read Tetum newspaper articles with the help of a dictionary. By the end of the course, students should have an active vocabulary of approximately 1000 of the most frequently used and useful words in Tetum. Students will have covered the main features in a grammar of Tetum, and will have a command of the pronunciation of the language.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Recognise and pronounce all Tetum vowels, consonants, with appropriate intonation.
- Use an active vocabulary of about 1000 items.
- Recognise and produce basic phrase and sentence structures to allow short conversations and the reading, writing, and translation of short, basic texts.
- Communicate in speaking and writing, using simple phrases, on such topics as greetings, family, food, clothes, homes, transport, and animals.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the culture and everyday life of Timor-Leste, including such topics as home life, food culture, and local fashions.
This is a co-taught course. The total number of students for both TETM1002 and TETM6002 is capped at 12 students for Semester 1 2020. The undergraduate version of the course TETM1002 is capped at 9 students and postgraduate version of the course TETM6002 is capped at 3 students.
This course is taught 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.
- 10 Weekly Assignments: (null) [LO null]
- 4 Quizzes (10) [LO 1]
- 4 written tests (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- 2 oral tests (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Assignment translation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Each week students are expected to study for five hours as follows:
1. 90 minutes, before online class, working on the written and audio materials for the week, and, memorising the written and spoken forms of that week’s vocabulary
2. 90 minutes, participate in one 90 minute online class
3. 90 minutes, completing online follow-up exercises regarding listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and vocabulary
4. 30 minutes, completing weekly assessment and quiz.
It is also expected that students should spend at least 5 hours of individual study practicing the week’s written and spoken language forms and vocabulary and reviewing feedback on their work.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Mai Kolia Tetun by Geoffrey Hull. Set text to be complimented by
audio tapes, dictionaries, a phrasebook, a grammar of Tetum, and a local
newspaper Suara Timor Lorosae.
Preliminary ReadingCourse materials will be supplied on Wattle.
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