• 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
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Co-taught Course

This course will build on the skills learned in Tok Pisin 3. Students will improve their Tok Pisin language skills to an intermediate proficiency. Students will learn how to discuss and write about a variety of topics including society, culture, history, politics and economics of Papua New Guinea, and the environment.

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 Intermediate level to:
1. Read and understand authentic written texts with the help of a dictionary.
2. Understand, use and translate a broad range of sentence structures in extended texts on a range of non-technical topics such as the history and society of Papua New Guinea, regional politics, health education and development policies. 
3. Communicate in speaking and debate relevant issues with spontaneity and confidence on topics including current affairs of Papua New Guinea and the Pacific, Papua New Guinea-Australia relations, and regional economies; write passages on non-technical topics with a reasonable degree of accuracy.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural issues and current affairs in Papua New Guinea and the extended areas, including such topics as law and order, the politics of language and culture, climate change and the geography of Papua New Guinea.

Other Information

This course is taught 100% online. 

Indicative Assessment

1 Oral presentation - 10% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
4 written tests - 20% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
2 oral tests - 60% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Assignment translation - 10% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)

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Each week students are expected to study for five hours as follows:  
1. 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 
2. 90 minutes, participate in one 90 minute online class  
3. 90 minutes, completing online follow-up exercises regarding listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and vocabulary 
4. 30 minutes, completing weekly assessment and quiz.  

It is also expected that students should spend at least 5 hours of individual study practising the week’s written and spoken language forms and vocabulary and reviewing feedback on their work.

The total workload for the course is 130 hours including independent study. 

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, students must have completed TOKP2001 Tok Pisin 3 or have been permitted entry based on the results of a placement test. This course is incompatible with TOKP6102 Tok Pisin 4.

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.  

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.

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