Subject details

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

  1. Using an active vocabulary of about 3500 words; read and understand short authentic written texts with a help of a dictionary.
  2. Understand, use and translate a broad range of sentence structures in extended texts on a range of non-technical topics such as work roles, administration, law and government, violence, environment, and the history of Timor-Leste.
  3. Communicate in speaking with spontaneity and confidence on topics including discussion of gender roles, Timor-Leste-Australia relations, law and crime, and health; write simple passages on non-technical topics with a fair degree of accuracy.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural issues and current affairs in Timor-Leste, including such topics as dating and romance, the environment, and Timor-Leste’s place in the world

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

  1. 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 
  2. 120 minutes, participating in class in the virtual class room
  3. 60 minutes, completing online follow-up exercises regarding listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and vocabulary 
  4. 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.

    • Suade (health)
    • Badinas ka Baruk-teen (Diligent or lazy)
    • Kuidadu-an (Taking care of yourself)
    • Data no Konvite (Dates and Invitations)
    • Serbisunu'udar saida (Working roles)
    • Administrasaun (Administration)
    • Marka enkontru (Making appointments)
    • Governu (Government)
    • Meu Ambiente (Environment)
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Virtual Classroom
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Resources and Links

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

  • ANU-TETUM2004


Completion of TETM2004 Tetum 3 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-TETM2005 (Tetum 4) 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 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 to 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 improve their Tetum language skills to an intermediate proficiency. Students will learn how to discuss and write about a variety of topics including government officials and functions, health, the environment, and Timorese history.

  • 4 x written tests (20%%)
  • Mid term oral test (20%%)
  • Final oral test (30%%)
  • Translation assignment (10%%)
  • Listening test (10%%)
  • Class participation (10%%)

Textbook information is pending.