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Tetum 2

Undergraduate | ANU-TETM1003 | 2024

Build on your knowledge of Tetum, and further engage with the society, culture and history of Timor-Leste. Expand your vocabulary and gain the ability to talk about daily life, including chatting about people, transport, and work.

Study method
100% online
100% online
Enrol by
14 July 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
14 weeks
Start dates
22 July 2024

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Tetum 2

About this subject

  • 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.

Entry requirements

Prior study

To help set you up for success before you start this subject, we suggest completing or having equivalent knowledge in:


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Students without the appropriate level of proficiency for ANU-TETM1003 (Tetum 2) will be withdrawn from this subject and we will recommend an alternative subject at the correct level.

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 or headphones with microphone • Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser • Reliable internet access • Access to a scanner or smartphone
  • Other requirements - 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.

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.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

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