• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Jenny Homerang
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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Tok Pisin is the most commonly and widely spoken language in Papua New Guinea (PNG). This language brings together diverse groups of peoples and cultures and enables communication and understanding amongst each other. Learning Tok Pisin offers students a rare opportunity to explore and gain knowledge of the dynamic cultures that exist within the country. In this course students will gain practical skills of beginner Tok Pisin on topics such as introductions and small talk, everyday life, talking to friends and family about personal interests and understanding diverse PNG history and culture. Students will study short interview-type conversations and texts, learning the main aspects of phonology, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary of Tok Pisin. Students are given opportunities to practice their Tok Pisin listening, speaking, writing, reading and translation skills with the help of a dictionary. Throughout the semester, students will role-play conversations and interact with Tok Pisin guest speakers sharing their lived experiences of their own places and cultures to enhance their receptive, interactive and productive skills. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use an active vocabulary of around 1000 Tok Pisin items.
  2. Recognise and pronounce all Tok Pisin vowels and consonants, with appropriate intonation.
  3. Communicate using simple sentences and phrases with correct grammar structures for everyday situations such as small talk, everyday life, talking to friends and family about personal interests and understanding diverse PNG history and culture.
  4. Develop and demonstrate communication skills in short conversations, reading, writing, and translation.
  5. Develop and demonstrate a basic understanding of culture, history and everyday life in Papua New Guinea through interaction with native speakers.

Other Information

This course is taught 100% online. 

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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 result 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. Periodic Quizzes (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Periodic Written Tests (20) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  4. Mid Semester Assessment (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Final Assessment (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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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 six hours as follows:   

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  

180 minutes, participating in two 90-minute online classes  

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

This course is incompatible with TOKP6002 Tok Pisin 1.

Prescribed Texts

Course materials will be provided on wattle and via an e-pub. 

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.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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
ANU Online
3478 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 Online N/A
OUA Online
3776 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 Online N/A

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