• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Adelaide Lopes
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
    See Future Offerings

Tetum, the language of Timor-Leste, will allow you to engage with one of Australia’s closest neighbours. In this introductory course, through active engagement, students will acquire a vocabulary of approximately 1000 of the most frequently used words in Tetum. Students will learn the main grammar features of Tetum and learn how to pronounce its words accurately. Throughout the semester, students will engage in role-play conversations to learn how to use language appropriately to different social situations. They will further interact with authentic Tetum language and culture through various multi-media materials appropriate to the level. By the end of this course, students will be able to communicate using basic sentences, gain a practical command of beginner spoken Tetum, and an elementary capacity to read Tetum newspaper articles with the help of a dictionary.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use an active vocabulary of about 1000 items.
  2. Recognise and pronounce all Tetum vowels and consonants with appropriate intonation
  3. Communicate using simple sentences and phrases with correct grammar structures for everyday situations such as small talk, talking to friends and family about personal interests and understanding the diverse Timor-Leste history and culture.
  4. Develop and demonstrate communication skills in short conversations, reading, writing, and translation.
  5. Develop and demonstrate an understanding of the culture and everyday life of Timor-Leste, including such topics as home life, food culture, and local fashions.

Other Information

This course is 100% online. 

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Fees - Students enrolling through Open Universities Australia should refer to the fee schedule published on the OUA website

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On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Beginner 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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Weekly Homework (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Quizzes (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Written Tests (20) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  5. Mid Semester Assessment (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  6. Final Assessment (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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.

Workload

The total workload for the subject is 130 hours over 12 weeks of class and the examination period.  


Each week students are expected to study for 6 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. 180 minutes, participate in two 90-minute online classes   

3. 90 minutes, completing online follow-up exercises regarding listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and vocabulary  


It is also expected that students should spend at least 4 hours of individual study practicing the week’s written and spoken language forms and vocabulary and reviewing feedback on their work. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with TETM6002

Prescribed Texts

To be confirmed

Preliminary Reading

Course materials will be supplied on Wattle.

Fees

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:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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
ANU Online
2492 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 Online N/A
OUA Online
3981 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 Online N/A

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