• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Burmese
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Yuri Takahashi
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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This course builds on the skills learned in Burmese 1 and continues studying the spoken-style Burmese in both oral and written expressions.  


In this course students will become more aware of Myanmar’s socio-cultural aspects in daily conversation and simple passages. Students will expand their vocabulary, learn and use more complex grammatical structures including how to express abilities, experiences and comparisons.  The topics include the education system, part-time job interviews, Myanmar’s geography and diverse ethnicities, some traditional festival activities, and the differences between big cities and rural areas.  


The course invites Burmese native speakers and Myanmar specialists as guests to broaden their knowledge of Myanmar culture. Through these interactions students also improve their Burmese 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 700 Burmese words in spoken and written forms.
  2. Reproduce Burmese pronunciation in Burmese script with some basic knowledge of irregular spellings.
  3. Recognise situations in everyday life and give appropriate verbal responses using correct grammar and vocabulary.
  4. Read and reproduce written texts in the spoken-style Burmese such as basic personal story, speech script, signs and simple advertisement.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural practices including social etiquettes, basic knowledge of Myanmar’s traditional and national events.

Other Information

Equivalent to CEFR A1-A2; MLT (Myanmar Language Test) MB-M1 

On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at a Beginner level of Burmese. 


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 take a language placement test 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 take a placement test 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. Weekly Online Quizzes (15) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  3. Midsemester Written and Reading Assessment (10) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  4. Midsemester Listening Comprehension and Oral Assessment (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Final Written and Reading Assessment (20) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  6. Final Listening Comprehension and Oral Assessment (25) [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 in total, before each 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 in total, participating in two 90-minute online classes    

3. 90 minutes in total, 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 will need to have completed BURM1002 or undertake a Burmese language proficiency assessment. Incompatible with BURM6003.

Prescribed Texts

Original ANU weekly teaching materials will be available on the BURM1003 - Burmese 2 Wattle site. 

Students are strongly recommended to obtain this dictionary. Pocket Burmese Dictionary (Burmese-English / English-Burmese) Publisher: Periplus, Edition: 2008, eBook (2014) is also available. 


Burmese by Ear or Essential Myanmar 

Author: John Okell 

Notes: Available for free download from here. https://www.soas.ac.uk/bbe/ 

Burmese: An Introduction to the Spoken Language Book 1 

Author: John Okell (Northern Illinois University Press, 2010) 

Burmese: An Introduction to the Spoken Language Book 2 

Author: John Okell (Northern Illinois University Press, 2010) 


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
6635 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 Online View
OUA Online
6740 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 Online N/A

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