• Class Number 6782
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic OUA Online
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr Darja Hoenigman
    • Dr Lila San Roque
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
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.

Whether you are on campus or studying online, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week 1: Mon 24 Jul - Fri 28 JulIntroduction and Revision
2 Week 2: Mon 31 Jul - Fri 4 AugTok Pisin and Education
3 Week 3: Mon 7 Aug - Fri 11 AugTok Pisin and Health Awareness Due Fri 11 Aug: QUIZ 1 (assessed - 10%)
4 Week 4: Mon 14 Aug - Fri 18 AugTok Pisin and Law
5 Week 5: Mon 21 Aug - Fri 25 AugTok Pisin in Texting Due Fri 25 Aug: WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 1 (assessed - 10%)
6 Week 6: Mon 28 Aug - Fri 1 SepREVISION**2-week teaching break Mon 4 Sep - Fri 15 Sep**
7 Week 7: Mon 18 Sep - Fri 22 SepIN-CLASS PRESENTATIONS 1Assigned reading Due Thu 21 Sept/Tu 26 Sept in class:ORAL PRESENTATION (Part 1) (assessed - 20%)
8 Week 8: Mon 25 Sep - Fri 29 SeptIN-CLASS PRESENTATIONS 2Assigned reading Due Thu 21 Sept/Tu 26 Sept in class:ORAL PRESENTATION (Part 2)
9 Week 9: Mon 2 Oct - Fri 6 Oct (Public Holiday - Mon 2 Oct)Tok Pisin and Research Due Friday 6 Oct: WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 2 (assessed - 10%)
10 Week 10: Mon 9 Oct - Fri 13 OctTok Pisin and Music  Due Friday 13 Oct: QUIZ 2 (assessed - 10%)
11 Week 11: Mon 16 Oct - Fri 20 Oct Melanesian creoles: Tok Pisin, Bislama, Pijin
12 Week 12: Mon 23 Oct - Fri 27 Oct (End of Semester 2)Revision, conclusion Fri 3 Nov - Fri 10 Nov - ORAL TEST 2 (assessed - 30 %)

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
PARTICIPATION - 10% 10 % 24/07/2023 27/10/2023 1,2,3,4,5
2 QUIZZES (total of 20%) 20 % 11/08/2023 20/10/2023 1,2,3,4,5
2 WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS (total of 20%) 20 % 25/08/2023 13/10/2023 1,2,3,4,5
ORAL PRESENTATION (20%) 20 % 26/09/2023 10/10/2023 1,2,3,5
FINAL ASSESSMENT (30%) 30 % 10/11/2023 17/11/2023 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 Integrity 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 Skills website. 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 %
Due Date: 24/07/2023
Return of Assessment: 27/10/2023
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 convenor.

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

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 11/08/2023
Return of Assessment: 20/10/2023
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 11 August (Week 3)

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

Quiz 2 (10%) : vocabulary and translation

Due: Fri 13 October (Week 10)

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

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 25/08/2023
Return of Assessment: 13/10/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

2 WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS (total of 20%)

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

Due: Fri 25 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 6 October (Week 9)

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

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 26/09/2023
Return of Assessment: 10/10/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5


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

Due: Thur 21 September 2023 (Week 7) / 26 September 2023 (Week 8)

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

Students will receive feedback within one week of the presentation.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 10/11/2023
Return of Assessment: 17/11/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


The Final Assessment (30%) is an Oral Test 2

We will have oral test 2 via Zoom from Friday 3 November to Friday 10 November 2023. Each student will have a 10-minute interview/conversation, in which they will be invited to talk about an issue arising from the topics covered during the course. Feedback will be given a week later.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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

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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Return in Wattle

Return via email

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

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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

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
Dr Lila San Roque

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 Lila San Roque


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