• Class Number 6979
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic OUA Online
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr Darja Hoenigman
    • Dr Darja Hoenigman
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

In Tok Pisin 4 students will build on the language skills acquired in Tok Pisin 3 and will continue to engage with authentic spoken Tok Pisin through a variety of audio-visual materials recorded in real-life situations. Throughout the course students will learn new vocabulary, improve their fluency and build on their writing skills by receiving regular feedback on their work. Students will practice translating shorter authentic texts and learn about the ways language is used in situations like village courts, health awareness programs, research and education, and phone texting. Students will also be introduced to the other two Melanesian creoles: Bislama of Vanuatu and Pijin of the Solomon Islands. By the end of the course students will gain higher sensitivity of the language and communicate effectively on a broad range of topics across various cultures of Papua New Guinea.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Read and understand authentic Tok Pisin written texts with the help of a dictionary.
  2. Communicate spontaneously and confidently with accuracy in different situations and on a variety of topics in Tok Pisin.
  3. Recognise and adapt to the situations that require the use of different registers of Tok Pisin, as well as the situations where English is preferred.
  4. Translate passages of authentic texts on a range of non-technical topics such as village courts, health awareness programs, research and education, and phone texting.
  5. Critically analyse and reflect upon the differences between Western and New Guinean cultures and everyday life, and be able to express those reflections in Tok Pisin.

Required Resources

All required resources will be available in Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week 1: Mon 25 Jul - Fri 29 Jul Introduction and Revision
2 Week 2: Mon 1 Aug - Fri 5 Aug Language situation in PNG
3 Week 3: Mon 8 Aug - Fri 12 Aug Tok Pisin and Health Due Fri 12 Aug: QUIZ 1 (assessed - 10%)
4 Week 4: Mon 15 Aug - Fri 19 Aug Tok Pisin and Law
5 Week 5: Mon 22 Aug - Fri 26 Aug Tok Pisin in Texting Due Fri 26 Aug: WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 1 (assessed - 10%)
6 Week 6: Mon 29 Aug - Fri 2 Sep REVISION **2-week teaching break Mon 5 Sep - Fri 16 Sep**
7 Week 7: Mon 19 Sep - Fri 23 Sep IN-CLASS PRESENTATIONS 1 Assigned reading Due Thu 22 Sept/Tu 27 Sept in class: ORAL PRESENTATION (Part 1) (assessed - 20%)
8 Week 8: Mon 26 Sep - Fri 30 Sept IN-CLASS PRESENTATIONS 2 Assigned reading Due Thu 22 Sept/Tu 27 Sept in class: ORAL PRESENTATION (Part 2)
9 Week 9: Tue 4 Oct - Fri 7 Oct Tok Pisin and Research Due Friday 7 Oct: WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 2 (assessed - 10%)
10 Week 10: Mon 10 Oct - Fri 14 Oct Tok Pisin and Music Due Friday 14 Oct: QUIZ 2 (assessed - 10%)
11 Week 11: Mon 17 Oct - Fri 21 Oct Melanesian creoles: Tok Pisin, Bislama, Pijin
12 Week 12: Mon 24 Oct - Fri 28 Oct Revision, conclusion After the last class: INTERVIEW (assessed - 30 %)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
PARTICIPATION - 10% 10 % 1,2,3,4,5
2 WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS (total of 20%) 20 % 1,2,3,4,5
2 QUIZZES (total of 20%) 20 % 1,2,3,4,5
ORAL PRESENTATION (20%) 20 % 1,2,3,5
FINAL ASSESSMENT (30%) 30 % 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


See above

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


Participation is assessed throughout the semester based on

•               the student's engagement and active participation in the class

•               regular submission and/or performance of assignments. Written portions of the homework must be submitted in a format agreed with the course


Attendance of the class alone is not part of this assessment.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

2 WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS (total of 20%)

Written assignment 1: 650 to 700 words (10%)

Due: Fri 26 August (Week 5)

Where feasible, students will receive feedback within one week of the due date.

Written assignment 2: 650 to 700 words in total (10%)

Due: Fri 7 October (Week 9)

Where feasible, students will receive feedback within one week of the due date.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

2 QUIZZES (total of 20%)

Quiz 1 (10%) : vocabulary, listening comprehension, reading comprehension and language use.

Due: Fri 12 August (Week 3)

Where feasible, students will receive feedback within one week of the due date.

Quiz 2 (10%) : vocabulary and translation

Due: Fri 14 October (Week 10)

Where feasible, students will receive feedback within one week of the due date.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5


This assessment task is an in-class presentation (20%)

Due: 22 September 2022 (Week 7) / 27 September 2022 (Week 8)

A 20-25-minute in-class (online) oral presentation on a pre-selected topic.

Students will receive feedback within one week from the presentation.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


The Final Assessment (30%) is an Oral Test

After the last class we will have an oral test. Each student will have a ca. 10-minute interview/conversation, in which they will be invited to talk about an issue arising from the topics covered during the course. Same day feedback.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Return in Wattle

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Not Allowed

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Darja Hoenigman
6125 3207

Research Interests

Tok Pisin, Papuan languages, Melanesian ethnography, linguistic anthropology, linguistic registers, ethnographic film, language documentation, secret languages, conflict, spirit possession, verbal art, translation, code-switching, socio-cultural and linguistic continuity and change

Dr Darja Hoenigman

Thursday By Appointment
Thursday By Appointment
Dr Darja Hoenigman
6125 3207
darja.hoenigman@ anu.edu.au

Research Interests

Dr Darja Hoenigman

Thursday By Appointment
Thursday By Appointment

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