• 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, 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 First Semester 2019
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As of 2019 this course is offered 100% online.

This course will introduce students to the Burmese language, and provide them with communicative commands at an Introductory level, with an emphasis on conversation in everyday situations. Students will also begin to familiarise themselves with reading and writing Burmese script.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Introductory level of Burmese to:
1. Recognise and pronounce the 32 Burmese consonants, seven basic vowels, and three tones, as well as other distinctive features of Burmese pronunciation such as glottal stops.
2. Reproduce Burmese pronunciation according to the Romanization system used by SOAS, London University, to support the basic use of English-Burmese and Burmese-English dictionaries; recognize the Burmese script and reproduce basic words in it.
3. Use an active vocabulary of around 300 items.
4. Recognise and produce sentence structures in colloquial Burmese to allow short conversations and the reading and writing of short, basic texts.
5. Understand and compose basic forms of colloquial style of Burmese such as greetings and simple questions and answers about personal details, statements on the quantity and quality of things they encounter in everyday life.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of basic cultural practices such as honorifics for Burmese names and the custom of birthdays of the week. 

Other Information

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

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

Indicative Assessment

  1. In class participation (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  2. Quizzes (LOs 1, 2, 4, 5)
  3. Mid-term written test (LOs 1, 2, 4, 5, 6)
  4. Mid-term oral test (LOs 1, 4, 5, 6)
  5. Final oral test (LOs 1, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  6. Final written test (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

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Burmese 1 will have 120 minutes of online class per week.  Each week students are expected to study for 5.5 hours per week as follows:
1.  Before each online class, spend 120 minutes working on the written and audio materials for the lesson, and memorising the new vocabulary and statements.  Check the new grammar to be introduced at the online class.  
2. Participate in one 120 minute online class.
3. 90 minutes completing the online follow-up exercises regarding listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and vocabulary. This time includes a weekly quiz (30 minutes).
4. Students are also expected to spend at least 4.5 hours on individual study practising the week’s written and spoken language forms and vocabulary and reviewing feedback on their work.
The total workload for this course is 130 hours including independent study. 

Requisite and Incompatibility

BURM6002 Incompatible

Prescribed Texts

Burmese By Ear or Essential Myanmar by John Okell (free download) 



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course 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
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
ANU Online
3825 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 Online View

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