• Class Number 4075
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Bethwyn Evans
    • Dr Huade Huang
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

This course is an introduction to the languages of Asia and the Pacific that explores the diversity, complexity and vitality of  languages of the regions to our north and east. The course uses case studies from a number of countries and societies to cover topics such as: the history and power of spoken and written forms of language (eg. in China, Japan, India, Papua New Guinea); language choice and language politics in multilingual societies (eg. India, Indonesia, East Timor); the influence of thought and culture on language use (eg. politeness in Korean and Indonesian); and the impact of language contact in multilingual societies, including English in Asia and the Pacific, and Asian and Pacific languages in the world. The course introduces concepts, theories and models from linguistics that allow us to develop a nuanced view of the region through the lens of language.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand basic linguistic concepts and models and how they are applicable to languages in Asia and the Pacific
  2. Reflect on and articulate challenges and successes in their own language learning process
  3. Critically assess and evaluate research on language in Asia and the Pacific
  4. Research issues of linguistic interest in the region and present arguments and conclusions coherently, persuasively, and meaningfully.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written comments on individual assessment items
  • Verbal comments in classes to the whole class, small groups and to individuals

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). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Theme 1: The Asia-Pacific linguistic landscape Week 1
2 Theme 2: Language repertoires and resources Weeks 2 - 5
3 Theme 3: Language, society and culture Weeks 6 - 8
4 Theme 4: Language, power and globalisation Weeks 9 - 12

Tutorial Registration

Students need to register for their preferred tutorial time, which can be done through the course Wattle site.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Online quizzes 5 % * * 1, 2, 3
Tutorial participation 10 % * * 1, 2, 3, 4
Case Study 20 % 16/03/2023 31/03/2023 1, 3
Essay 35 % 18/05/2023 17/06/2023 1, 3, 4
Exam 30 % 01/06/2023 * 1, 2, 3, 4

* 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 Misconduct 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 ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

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.


Students are expected to participate in lecture and tutorial classes, the content of which are aimed at preparing students for the different assessment items. Students are specifically assessed on tutorial participation, which is based on in-class participation and submitted preparation for tutorial classes. Further details are provided on the course Wattle site.


There is a formal exam for this course, as described above as Assessment Task 5. It is a timed open-book online exam, and will be scheduled during the end of semester exam period. Further details about the exam are on the course Wattle site.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Online quizzes

Students are expected to complete a short online quiz each week that relates to the week's topic introduction and reading. Quizzes are to be completed by Wednesday 1:30pm each week. See the Wattle site for more details.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Tutorial participation

Students are expected to prepare for all tutorials, following the instructions for each tutorial task. Tutorial participation marks are based on students' in-class participation and the submission of tutorial preparation; further details of this are provided on the course Wattle site.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 16/03/2023
Return of Assessment: 31/03/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3

Case Study

An 800-word case study on language in a city, region or country using a framework learnt in classes. See Wattle site for detailed instructions.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 18/05/2023
Return of Assessment: 17/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4


A 2,000-word essay on a topic of the student's choice. There are two stages for the essay:

(i) submission of an essay proposal and annotated bibliography (5%); and

(ii) submission of the final essay (30%).

Further details about the essay, including choice of essay topics and the instructions and deadlines for each stage, are on the course Wattle site.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 01/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4


The final written exam will be held during the exam period at the end of the semester, and requires responses based on the knowledge and skills covered in lectures, tutorials and other assessment items. Further details about the exam are on the course Wattle site. The exam will be organised by ANU Examinations Office, and so the exact timing for the exam will be announced as part of the end of semester exam timetable. See: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

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. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

All assessment items for this course are to be submitted electronically. Please keep a copy of your assessment items for your records.

Hardcopy Submission

All assessments will be submitted electronically using Turnitin. Hardcopy submission is not accepted.

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.

Extensions must be requested in writing with appropriate supporting documentation 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.

Late submission is not accepted for the online quizzes or submitted tutorial preparation.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

For online quizzes, marks and feedback are provided online on closure of the quiz, and further feedback is provided verbally in the associated lecture. For submitted tutorial preparation marks are provided through Turnitin, and feedback is provided in the associated tutorial class. For all other assessment items marks and feedback are provided through Turnitin, and additional verbal feedback may be given in associated classes.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions 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

Resubmission of assessment items is not accepted.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. 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 Bethwyn Evans

Research Interests

Historical linguistics and the ways in which language can be used as one way to investigate the human pastAustronesian and Papuan languages of New Guinea and Island Melanesia

Dr Bethwyn Evans

By Appointment
Dr Huade Huang

Research Interests

Dr Huade Huang

By Appointment

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