• 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
    • Dr Darja Hoenigman
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
    See Future Offerings

Please direct course enquiries to Lila San Roque at lila.sanroque@anu.edu.au

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.

Other Information

This course is taught 100% online. 


On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at a higher-intermediate to advanced 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 Integrity Rule 2021 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. Written Test (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Quizzes (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Oral Presentation (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. 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 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

To enrol in this course, students must have completed TOKP2001 Tok Pisin 3 or have been permitted entry based on the results of a placement assessment. Students who have previously completed TOKP6102 cannot enrol this course.

Prescribed Texts

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


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
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
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
6781 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 Online N/A
OUA Online
6782 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 Online View

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