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Tetum 1

Undergraduate | ANU-TETM1002 | 2024

Immerse yourself in the official language of Timor-Leste. Flick through newspaper articles written in Tetum. Work on pronunciation and intonation. Assemble the fundamental language building blocks that allow you to discuss food, clothes and homes.

Study method
100% online
100% online
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
12 weeks
Start dates
19 Feb 2024

FEE-HELP available

Tetum 1

About this subject

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

    1. Recognise and pronounce all Tetum vowels and consonants with appropriate intonation.
    2. Use an active vocabulary of about 1000 items.
    3. Learn the usage of appropriate grammatical structures and recognise and produce basic phrase and sentence structures to allow short conversations and the reading, writing, and translation of short, basic texts.
    4. Communicate verbally and in writing, using simple phrases, on such topics as greetings, family, food, clothes, homes, transport, and animals.
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of the culture and everyday life of Timor-Leste, including such topics as home life, food culture, and local fashions.

    In order to achieve these learning outcomes, each week students are expected to study for five hours as follows:  

    • 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 
    • 120 minutes, participating in class in the virtual class room
    • 60 minutes, completing online follow-up exercises regarding listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and vocabulary 
    • 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.

Entry requirements


This is a subject for beginners. If you have prior experience in learning this language, this subject may not be appropriate for you. You may be required to take a placement test.

Additional requirements

  • Equipment requirements - To successfully engage in this subject 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.
  • Other requirements - This is a fast paced academic course at a University level.

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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