- Code TOKP1002
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Tok Pisin
- Areas of interest Pacific Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
Tok Pisin is an official language of Papua New Guinea, and is the most commonly and widely used language in the country with approximately 4 million speakers. By learning Tok Pisin, students will gain a deeper understanding of the rich cultures, histories and societies of the people of Papua New Guinea and surrounding areas of the Pacific.
In this introductory course, students will gain a practical command of beginner spoken Tok Pisin, and an elementary capacity to read various types of texts in Tok Pisin 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 Tok Pisin. Students will have covered the main features in a grammar of Tok Pisin, 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 Tok Pisin vowels, consonants, with appropriate intonation.
- Use an active vocabulary of around 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 and sentences, on such topics as greetings, giving and understanding instructions, questions and answers about personal details statements, and the quantity and quality of things they encounter in everyday life.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the culture and everyday life of Papua New Guinea including work, travel, and family relationships.
This is a co-taught course. The total number of students for both TOKP1002 and TOKP6002 is capped at 24 students for Semester 1 2020. The undergraduate version of the course TOKP1002 is capped at 12 students and postgraduate version of the course TOKP6002 is capped at 12 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 Tok Pisin.
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.
- 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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WorkloadEach 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, participating 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.
The total workload for the course is 130 hours including independent study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsCourse materials will be provided on wattle and via an e-pub.
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