• Class Number 4437
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic ANU Online
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Chung Tsering
    • Chung Tsering
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

This course introduces students to the Tibetan Language in both its spoken and literary forms. It includes: (a) Development of conversational skills in Tibetan; (b) Instruction in reading and writing the Uchen script as used for Tibetan; (c) Explanation of the grammar of spoken and written Tibetan; (d) Reading of graded texts in the Tibetan script.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Pronounce all Tibetan consonants, vowels and the changes that occur when letters are stacked.
  2. Recognize the Tibetan Uchen script, and construct words and sentences from its syllabary.
  3. Use an active vocabulary of around 250 words.
  4. Identify and use the basic colloquial sentence structures that will allow them to conduct everyday conversations and to read simple Tibetan texts.
  5. Communicate in speech and writing about the people they meet, their families, the quantity and quality of things and people they encounter, and when and where people are travelling.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of family, travel and surroundings to people who inhabit the high mountains of Tibet.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week 1: Orientation Visit the orientation module and complete the assigned tasks!
2 Week 2: Lesson 1 Weekly homework exercises
3 Week 3: Lesson 2 Weekly homework exercises
4 Week 4: Lesson 2 Weekly homework exercises
5 Week 5: Lesson 3 Weekly homework exercises (and take-home test 1)
6 Week 6: Lesson 4 Weekly homework exercises
7 Week 7: Lesson 5 Weekly homework exercises
8 Week 8: Lesson 6 Weekly homework exercises (and take-home test 2)
9 Week 9: Lesson 7 Weekly homework exercises
10 Week 10: Lesson 8 Weekly homework exercises
11 Week 11: Lesson 9 Weekly homework exercises (and final assessments)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Weekly homework exercises 40 % 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Take-home test 25 % 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Final assignment 25 % 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Participation 10 % 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Weekly homework exercises

Weekly homework consists of the exercises at the end of each lesson. These lessons are different depending whether they are in the 'learning to read and write' section of the ETextbook, the 'colloquial sentence building' section, or the 'reading literature' section. In the first two of these sections, students will be required both to complete written exercises and to record themselves reciting sounds or drilling sentences. In the 'reading literature' section at the end of the course, students will not be required to make audio recordings.
…  …   …  After finishing these exercises, students should check the written sections of the homework against the answers provided at the end of the ETextbook. They will upload their marked written work and voice recordings, if applicable, onto Wattle.
…  …   …  One of the exercises for each week will also be to review the week's vocabulary by using Quizlet flashcards. A link to the Quizlet flashcards is embedded within the exercises. A set of cards will be linked to each lesson. Students will use the cards as a learning tool for vocabulary.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Take-home test

There are two take-home tests and each account for 10%. In the take-home test, students be expected to recognise and translate into English simple Tibetan words or sentences, noting sound changes in words where relevant; and to record responses in Tibetan to a series of simple questions.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Final assignment

Students will have to book for their oral exam that will be conducted in exam time and then have two weeks after the last week of class to finish the…   writen part of their final assignment. The final assignment will consist of four parts:

  • Translation of 20…   Colloquial Sentences into Tibetan and from Tibetan
  • Translation of ten Literary Sentences from Tibetan
  • Short writing test on a specified topic
  • Oral exam on specified topic (live in the online class) 15 minutes

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7


All Assessment information and details are available on Wattle

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Chung Tsering

Research Interests

Modern Tibetan history and literature

Chung Tsering

Thursday 19:00 20:30
Chung Tsering
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

Chung Tsering

Thursday 19:00 20:30

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