Subject details

On satisfying the requirements of this subject, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Advanced Beginner level of Tetum to:

  • Use an active vocabulary of about 2000 items.
  • Recognise and produce phrase and sentence structures to conduct simple conversations and the reading, writing, and translation of texts on a wide range of topics.
  • Communicate in speaking and writing on a range of everyday topics, including animals, hospitals, transport, health, meetings, cars and accidents, describing people, education systems, and jobs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the culture and everyday life of Timor‐Leste, including such topics as interpersonal relationships, the education system, and work life.

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.

    • 1. Bathroom
    • 2. Cooking
    • 3. Transport
    • 4. Health
    • 5. Animals and Birds
    • 6. Describing People
    • 7. Education
    • 8. Job roles
    • 9. Violence
    • 10. Traffic and accidents
    • 11. Meetings
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Online assignment submission
      • Glossary
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Web links
      • Audio/Video conferencing
    • Online materials

      • FAQs
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming
    • Other materials

      • Audio
      • Video

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:


Completion of TETM1003 Tetum 1 or demonstration of equivalent level through completion of a placement test. Students with prior 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. Students without the appropriate level of proficiency for ANU-TETM1003 (Tetum 2) will be withdrawn from this subject and we will recommend an alternative subject at the correct level.

Special requirements

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

Tetum is the language of Timor‐Leste. The study of Tetum is essential for anyone wishing to understand Timor‐Leste's society, culture and history. The ANU offers the rare opportunity to complete a minor in Tetum. Timor‐Leste is a close neighbour of Australia and ties between these two countries are increasing through international security, trade and development projects. Students completing a minor in Tetum will be uniquely placed to engage with the Timorese people, state, and society. The four subjects needed to complete the minor are not offered on campus, but are instead available 100% online and can be studied from anywhere. Students who complete this language minor will reach an Intermediate level of Tetum skills and knowledge.

In this subject, students will build on the skills learned in Tetum 1. As in the preceding subject, student will gain a practical command of basic spoken Tetum and a capacity to read in Tetum. By the end of this subject, students should have a vocabulary of around 2000 of the most frequently used and useful Tetum words. Students will deepen their command of the main features of Tetum grammar, and learn how to discuss topics such as animals, people, transport, work and traffic

  • Any chosen topic (Oral presentation) (10%)
  • The four tests are worth 5% each or a total of 20% of your final assessment (20%)
  • The two oral examinations are worth 30% each or a total of 60% of your final result (60%)
  • A translation to be done over the mid semester break (10%)

Textbook information is pending.