• 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 Second Semester 2024
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In Tok Pisin 2 students will build on the skills gained in Tok Pisin 1 and continue to learn the main grammatical points and expand on their Tok Pisin vocabulary. At the same time, students will further develop their cultural knowledge of the diverse societies of Papua New Guinea. In this course, students will gain a practical command of basic spoken Tok Pisin and a capacity to read and write in the language. Throughout the semester, students interact with multi-media materials, Tok Pisin guest speakers and authentic contents. Such interaction will enable them to continue expanding their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in the language. Students will be able to select a topic of their choice on Papua New Guinea and the Pacific, conduct research on this topic and participate in student-led discussion in the classroom. By the end of this course, students will be able to use a vocabulary of around 2000 of the most frequently used Tok Pisin words. Students will be also be able to communicate using simple sentences with native speakers on familiar topics such as geography, politics, religion, environment, and culture.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use an active vocabulary of about 2000 Tok Pisin items.
  2. Recognise and produce phrase and sentence structures to conduct simple conversations in Tok Pisin.
  3. Identify key information from authentic materials introduced in the course on a range of topics.
  4. Undertake simple research and communicate using an expanded Tok Pisin vocabulary on a wide range of topics such as geography, politics, religion, environment, and culture both in speaking and writing.
  5. Develop and demonstrate a deeper understanding of the culture, history and everyday life in Papua New Guinea through interaction with native speakers.

Other Information

This course is taught 100% online. 


On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Advanced Beginner 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. Periodic Written Tests (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Mid Semester Assessment (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Oral presentation (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Storytelling (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  6. Final Assessment (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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 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 TOKP1002 Tok Pisin 1 or have been permitted entry based on the results of the Language Proficiency Assessment. Students who have previously completed TOKP6003 cannot enrol in 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
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
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
8129 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 Online View
OUA Online
8371 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 Online View

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