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Tibetan 1

Undergraduate | ANU-TIBN1002 | 2024

Take a journey into the heart of the language of Tibet. Explore the ins and outs of the Tibetan Uchen script and use it to construct written words and sentences. Understand simple Tibetan texts. Pose queries in the language and answer questions.

Study method
100% online
100% online
Entry requirements
No ATAR needed,
No prior study
14 weeks
Start dates
19 Feb 2024

FEE-HELP available

Tibetan 1

About this subject

  • Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

    • Engage with Tibetan at an introductory level
    • Pronounce all Tibetan consonants, vowels and the changes that occur when letters are stacked
    • Recognise the Tibetan Uchen script, and construct words and sentences from its syllabary
    • Employ a working vocabulary of around 250 words by working through the first seven lessons of Introduction to the Tibetan Language
    • Identify and use the basic colloquial sentence structures that will allow them to conduct everyday conversations and to read simple Tibetan texts
    • Ask about people they meet, their families, the quantity and quality of things and people they encounter, and when and where people are travelling
    • Consider the importance of family, travel and surroundings to people who inhabit the high mountains of Tibet.

Entry requirements

No entry requirements

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements - This is a subject for beginners. 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. 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. 90 minutes, participate in one 90 minute online class 3. 90 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 practicing the week’s written and spoken language forms and vocabulary and reviewing feedback on their work.

    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.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

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