• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Tibetan
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Christopher Diamond
    • Chung Tsering
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
    See Future Offerings

Please direct course enquiries to Chung Tsering at Chung.Tsering@anu.edu.au

Tibetan was the target language of one of the largest translation projects in history, in which thousands of Indian and Chinese Buddhist texts were rendered in Tibetan. The results of this project provide scholars with access to texts and traditions not preserved anywhere else. 

In this course, students will improve their conversational skills and begin to engage with Tibet’s famous literary canon. Through its distinctive blending of colloquial and literary Tibetan, this course allows students to learn the relationship between these two forms of the language. Students will begin by learning what these two forms of Tibetan have in common, particularly their shared grammatical particles and structures. Students' conversational Tibetan will be improved by their basic engagement with several literary genres, and their knowledge of conversational Tibetan will improve their reading skills.   

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a high basic level of reading and writing in Tibetan.
  2. Understand the basic grammatical differences between colloquial and literary Tibetan.
  3. Use an active vocabulary of around 1000 words.
  4. Identify basic literary sentence structures that will allow them to read introductory level texts with the aid of an instructor.
  5. Demonstrate familiarity with several literary genres such as prayers, songs, and journalism.
  6. Develop a basic understanding of key concepts in Tibetan culture and Tibetan Buddhism.

Other Information

On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an ?Advanced Beginner? level of Tibetan. 


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 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Weekly Homework (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Take-home Test (20) [LO 1,3,4,5,6]
  4. Final Assignment (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

The ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


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 you must have completed TIBN1002 or TIBN6002. Incompatible with TIBN6003.

Prescribed Texts

Resources will be available to students via Wattle.


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.

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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
OUA Online
6471 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 Online View
ANU Online
6765 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 Online N/A

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