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Tok Pisin Language and Cultural Awareness

2024 Dates

This Micro-credential is delivered online

Please note that the actual course dates are 23-27 September with a brief introduction session on Friday 20 September, see detailed schedule below. A delayed end-date when you click on the ‘Enrol now’ button above shows the length of time you will be able to access online materials after completion of the course.

Detailed Schedule for September 2024 Offering

Session 1 Friday 20 September 4:00pm AEST: Meet and Greet and brief introduction
Introduction by the facilitator Dr Darja Hoenigman to the offering and meeting other participants in the class. A quick overview of the Learning Management System (LMS) site and learning resources will also be discussed. Participants will have access to these resources so they can start engaging with the reading materials and videos.

Session 2: Synchronous Online Learning with Dr Darja Hoenigman
Monday 23 September: 9:00am – 3:00pm AEST
Tuesday 24 September: 9:00am – 3:00pm AEST
Wednesday 25 September: 9:00am – 3:00pm AEST
Thursday 26 September: 9:00am – 4:00pm AEST
Friday 27 September: individual oral tests (approx 15 mins) conducted between 9:00am – 4:00pm (specific individual times to be confirmed)

Daily Homework: Approximately 2 hrs each day consisting of:

  • 30 minutes of self-assessment exercises
  • 1 hour of reading prescribed book chapters in English and
  • 30 minutes of watching a film in Tok Pisin.

Final Assessment: 2 hours for the final reflection essay (due Monday 30 September)

Session 3 (optional): Post Class Discussion (day and time to be confirmed in agreement with course participants)

Wrap up

  • Online wrap up session on Zoom for verbal feedback on the offering, and an opportunity for the participants to ask Dr Darja Hoenigman any questions.
  • In person For participants based in Canberra, an in person event on ANU Campus will be organised, details to follow.


Our bespoke micro-credential prepare professionals currently working or expecting to work in Papua New Guinea (PNG). 

By learning and practising scenario-based conversations in basic Tok Pisin the participants will develop practical language skills. They will be immersed in Tok Pisin and gain knowledge of daily life in PNG by way of intensive language training, video footage of real-life situations, and group discussions based on carefully selected readings.

The skills and knowledge acquired will allow participants to respectfully navigate their interactions and relationships in Papua New Guinea and respond to situations in a culturally appropriate way.

This micro-credential can be delivered as a bespoke offering, where we design the class outline to focus on specific topic(s) as required by the client.


  • Introductions and small talk
  • Going to the market
  • Travelling
  • Health
  • Cultural, linguistic and biological diversity of Papua New Guinea
  • People’s connection with the land, spiritual world
  • Witchcraft and violence
  • Logging and mining

Learning outcomes

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

  • Communicate using simple phrases and sentences, on topics covered 
  • Demonstrate their ability to engage in basic Tok Pisin conversations and respond in socially appropriate ways in a variety of situations
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the culture and everyday life in Papua New Guinea in topics covered
  • Critically analyse and reflect upon the differences between Western/Australian and New Guinean culture and everyday life

Indicative assessment

  • Language Quiz [1,2,3,4]
  • Translation Test [1,2,3,4]
  • Oral Test [1, 2, 3, 4] 
  • 700-800 word Reflection Essay in English [2,3,4]

Assumed knowledge

This micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent.

No specific prior knowledge is required for this micro-credential. However, it is assumed that enrolees have suitable general knowledge as the micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.

Micro-credential stack information

This micro-credential is not currently part of a stack.

Successful completion of Tok Pisin Language and Cultural Awareness can lead to specified credit for the course ASIA8091 Asia Pacific Micro-credential elective.


Course Code: TOKP01
Workload: 39 hours
Contact hours: 21 hours
Individual study and assessment: 18 hours
ANU unit value: 2 units
AQF Level: 9
Contact: School of Culture, History & Language

This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification.