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Tetum 3

Undergraduate | ANU-TETM2004 | 2024

Study the third out of four courses in Tetum – the language of Timor-Leste. These four courses are needed to complete the Tetum minor. Learn skills to communicate at an intermediate level with one of Australia’s closest neighbours.

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

FEE-HELP available

Tetum 3

About this subject

  • On satisfying the requirements of this subject, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

    • Use an active vocabulary of about 3000 words.
    • Understand, use, and translate a broad range of sentence structures in extended texts on a range of non – technical topics such as transport, schools, giving directions, using telephones, making plans, family relations, having a party.
    • Communicate in speaking and writing with a degree of confidence in a variety of contexts ,including discussing one’s own education and schools, families, transports, and giving directions using a map.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of cultural issues and current affairs in Timor-Leste, including such topics as local customs , political strife, and celebrations.

    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

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 2 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-TETM2004 (Tetum 3) 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 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.

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

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