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Tok Pisin 1

Undergraduate | ANU-TOKP1002 | 2024

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

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Tok Pisin 1

About this subject

  • Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

    1. Recognise and pronounce all Tok Pisin vowels, consonants, with appropriate intonation.
    2. Use an active vocabulary of around 1000 items.
    3. Recognise and produce basic phrase and sentence structures to allow short conversations and the reading, writing, and translation of short, basic texts.
    4. Communicate in speaking and writing, using simple phrases and sentences, on such topics as greetings, giving and understanding instructions, questions and answers about personal details statements, and the quantity and quality of things they encounter in everyday life.
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of the culture and everyday life of Papua New Guinea including work, travel, and family relationships.

Entry 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.

Additional requirements

  • Equipment requirements - To successfully engage in this course 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 - 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, participating 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. The total workload for the course is 130 hours including independent study

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.

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