• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Burmese
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Yuri Takahashi
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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This course will expand upon the competencies learned in Burmese 2. Students will develop from beginners' level tolower intermediate spoken and written language skills in Burmese. By the end of the course students will be able to conduct a simple conversation and find their way around in Myanmar. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Reproduce Burmese pronunciation in Burmese script, including basic words drawn from Pali.
  2. Use an active vocabulary around 1,100 items.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the syntax of colloquial Burmese for use in short conversations and texts on topics beyond those of daily life; demonstrate a basic knowledge of the grammar of literary Burmese and appropriate vocabulary for the style.
  4. Read and write in a more sophisticated style of colloquial Burmese on such specific or technical topics as university study and experiences in the work place, with an awareness of formal and informal registers; read short passages written in the literary style, such as notices in public and some excerpts from Burmese school textbooks.
  5. Analyse in depth the cultural and social practices of Burmese societies.

Other Information

Equivalent to CEFR A2; MLT Myanmar Language Test M2

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 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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Quizzes (15) [LO 1,3,4]
  2. Mid-term oral exam (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  3. Mid-term listening comprehension exam (5) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  4. Mid-term written test (10) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  5. Mid-term composition exam (5) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  6. Final oral exam (15) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  7. Final listening comprehansion exam (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  8. Final written exam (20) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  9. Final composition exam (5) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  10. In class participation (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Contact hours for this course are 1.5 hours per week. Students are expected to spend 7-8 hours per week on independent study. The total workload for the course is 130 hours including class time and independent study. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course students will need to have completed BURM6003 or undertake a Burmese language proficiency assessment. Incompatible with BURM2001.

Prescribed Texts

Course materials are found in the Burmese 3 Wattle site.

Students are strongly recommended to obtain the dictionary as shown below.

Pocket Burmese Dictionary (Burmese - English / English - Burmese )

Publisher: Periplus

Preliminary Reading

Burmese: An Introduction to the Spoken Language Book 2 (continued from Burmese 2)

Author: John Okell

Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press

Edition: 1994, 2010

Burmese: An Introduction to the Literary Style

Author: John Okell

Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press

Edition: 1994, 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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4143 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 Online or In Person View

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