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Undergraduate | ANU-BURM1002 | 2024

Burmese 1

Course information for 2024 intake

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Study method
100% online
100% online
Start dates
20 Feb 2024,
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
14 weeks

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Burmese 1

About this subject

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

    • Use an active vocabulary of around 300 Burmese words in spoken and written forms.
    • Recognise and pronounce the basic 32 Burmese consonants, 7 basic vowels, and 3 tones, including other distinctive features of Burmese pronunciation with Burmese scripts.
    • Reproduce Burmese pronunciation according to a romanization system to support the basic use of English-Burmese and Burmese-English dictionaries.
    • Recognise and produce sentence structures in the spoken style Burmese used in short conversations and reading and writing of short, basic texts.
    • Communicate using correct grammar and pronunciation for everyday situations such as greetings, small talk with friends and family and shopping.
    • Develop and demonstrate an understanding of basic cultural practices such as honorifics for Burmese names and the custom of birthdays of the week.

    Each week students are expected to study for 6 hours as follows:   

    1. 90 minutes in total, before each 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. 180 minutes in total, participating in two 90-minute online classes;   

    3. 90 minutes in total, 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.

Entry requirements


Prior study is not required for Burmese 1, but students with some knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test. Students are not permitted to enrol in a subject that is lower than the level they achieve in the placement test, or a lower level than a subject they have already completed.

Additional requirements

  • Equipment requirements - To successfully engage in this course students will need the following: • Laptop or computer • Computer camera (either inbuilt or webcam) • Headset with microphone • Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser • Reliable internet access • Access to a scanner or smartphone

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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