• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Language Studies
  • Minor code MNGL-MIN

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Mongolian is the official language of Mongolia and across its varying dialects is spoken by close to 10 million people in Mongolia, China and Russia. By learning the Mongolian language students will gain a deeper understanding into the rich culture, history, customs, and society of the Mongols. In recent years links between Australia and Mongolia have grown through shared stakes in industry, regional security issues, climate change and tertiary education. Students completing a minor in Mongolian will be uniquely placed to engage with this important partner through trade, diplomacy and cultural collaboration. Students who complete the Mongolian language minor will have obtained an intermediate level command of the Mongolian language.

Students in this minor are encouraged to spend time studying at a tertiary institution in Mongolia. This can be done either by enrolling in ASIA2084 Study Tour: Modern Mongolia: Challenges to the Environment, Economy and Empire or through self-sourced intensive in-country study in the summer or winter breaks. Competitive scholarships are available to qualified students.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Express themselves in Mongolian, appropriate to the situation and to the people to whom one is speaking, at an intermediate level.

  2. Read and understand newspapers and other short extracts from mass media published in Mongolian.

  3. Engage with Mongolian people to discuss their work, education and lifestyle at an intermediate level.

  4. Write in intermediate Mongolian using the cyrillic script and correct grammar, appropriate to the genre, contents and audience,

  5. Work in cooperative groups on practical activities to communicate findings in intermediate Mongolian to other course members.

Other Information

Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to take 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 take a 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 Misconduct Rule 2015 as having failed to comply with assessment directions and having sought unfair advantage. This may results 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.

International students who are studying all or part of their program on a student visa are advised that this minor is only available for online study. Under the Education Services for Overseas Student Act 2000 (ESOS Act), international students on a student visa cannot do more than 33% of their study online. International students interested in enrolling in these courses should contact the CAP Student Centre (cap.student@anu.edu.au) for advice prior to enrolling.

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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following courses:

MNGL1002 Mongolian 1

MNGL1003 Mongolian 2

MNGL2002 Mongolian 3

MNGL2003 Mongolian 4

ASIA3108 - Research Topics in Asian and Pacific Languages (L) (6 units)*

*The course is offered in semester 1 and 2 each year. Students may enrol in this course code up to 4 times, under different topics of Mongolian to be included in this minor. Enrolment in this course is subject to the availability and agreement of an appropriate supervisor. It is a requirement that students confirm the approval of the potential supervisor before enrolling in the course. 

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