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Tok Pisin Language and Cultural Awareness

2024 Dates

This Micro-credential is delivered online


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

This micro-credential will prepare professionals who are 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 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.