• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Burmese
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Yuri Takahashi
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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This course is offered 100% online

This course will build on the skills learned in Burmese 1. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Reproduce Burmese pronunciation in Burmese script with some basic knowledge of irregular spellings.
  2. Use an active vocabulary of around 700 items.
  3. Recognise and produce contextually appropriate utterances in the sentence structures of colloquial Burmese relevant to frequently occurring situations in everyday life.
  4. Read and produce texts written in colloquial style Burmese such as personal messages, speech scripts and some cartoons.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural practices which includes social etiquettes, basic knowledge of their traditional and national events.

Other Information

Equivalent to CEFR A1-A2; MLT (Myanmar Language Test) M1  

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

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Burmese 1 will have 90 minutes of online class per week. Each week students are expected to study for 6 hours per week as follows:

1. Before each online class, spend 90 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 90 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

To enrol in this course students will need to have completed BURM6002 or undertake a Burmese language proficiency test. Incompatible with BURM1003.

Prescribed Texts

ANU Burmese 2 Learning materials, which are included in Wattle

Other course materials will be provided on the class Wattle website.

Recommended Reference:

'Burmese: An Introduction to the Spoken Language Book 2' & 'Burmese: An Introduction to the Script' (both John Okell) (both Northern Illinois University Press, 2010)


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2021 $3630
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5580
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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7147 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 Online View

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