• 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 Second Semester 2022
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In this course, with active engagement students will be able to use active vocabulary of about 3500 of the most frequently used and useful Tetum words. Students will build on the skills and knowledge learned in Tetum 3 and develop a nuanced understanding of Tetum language and culture. Throughout the semester, students will engage in complex 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 the course, students will improve their Tetum language skills to an intermediate proficiency. Students will be able to navigate cultural differences, discuss and write with more depth on a variety of topics including Timor-Leste-Australia relations, current affairs, law and crime, gender roles, climate and environmental issues, Timorese history and Timor-Leste’s place in the world. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use an active vocabulary of about 3500 words.
  2. Recognise and pronounce new and complex words with appropriate pronunciation.
  3. Communicate using complex sentence structures and phrases with correct grammar in broader range of situations such as work roles, traffic rules, administration, law and government, violence, environment, and the diverse Timor-Leste history and culture.
  4. Develop and demonstrate complex communication skills with confidence and high degree of accuracy in conversations, reading, writing and translation.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to critically think about a range of topics and exchange ideas with native speakers while navigating cultural differences.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural issues and current affairs in Timor-Leste, including topics such as Timor-Leste-Australia relations, current affairs, law and crime, gender roles, climate and environmental issues and Timor-Leste’s place in the world.

Other Information

This course is 100% online.


 On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Intermediate 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. Oral Presentation (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]

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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

To enrol in this course students must have completed TETM2004 Tetum 3. This course is incompatible with TETM6105.

Prescribed Texts

To be confirmed

Preliminary Reading

Course materials will be supplied on Wattle.


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

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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
ANU Online'
6625 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 Online View
OUA Online'
6951 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 Online View

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