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What is auditing?

Auditing or "listening in" offers access to some ANU courses (lectures only).

The Centre for Continuing Education offers access to approved ANU courses for people who want to listen in to lectures without actually enrolling as a degree student. Auditors (listeners) do not generally require any special qualifications except for those courses where prerequisites are necessary - this can be ascertained by consulting the ANU website.

Audit students may not sit formal examinations. An Audit enrolment guarantees admission only to lectures. Attendance at lectures will under no circumstances be accepted as credit towards a degree program. Auditors may seek permission from the faculty to attend tutorials (subject to space being available), additional fees may apply.
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* This course is available in Semester 1

This course will introduce students to the Burmese language, and provide them with communicative commands at an Introductory level, with an emphasis on conversation in everyday situations. Students will also begin to familiarise themselves with reading and writing Burmese script.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Introductory level of Burmese to:

  1. Recognise and pronounce the 32 Burmese consonants, seven basic vowels, and three tones, as well as other distinctive features of Burmese pronunciation such as glottal stops.
  2.  Reproduce Burmese pronunciation according to the Romanization system used by SOAS, London University, to support the basic use of English-Burmese and Burmese-English dictionaries; recognize the Burmese script and reproduce basic words in it.
  3. Use an active vocabulary of around 300 items.
  4. Recognise and produce sentence structures in colloquial Burmese to allow short conversations and the reading and writing of short, basic texts.
  5. Understand and compose basic forms of colloquial style of Burmese such as greetings and simple questions and answers about personal details, statements on the quantity and quality of things they encounter in everyday life.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of basic cultural practices such as honorifics for Burmese names and the custom of birthdays of the week. 

What is auditing?

Auditing or "listening in" offers access to some ANU undergraduate courses (lectures only).

The Centre for Continuing Education offers access to approved ANU undergraduate courses for people who want to listen in to lectures without actually enrolling as a degree student. Auditors (listeners) do not generally require any special qualifications except for those courses where prerequisites are necessary - this can be ascertained by consulting the current ANU Undergraduate Handbook.

Audit students may not sit formal examinations. An Audit enrolment guarantees admission only to lectures. Attendance at lectures will under no circumstances be accepted as credit towards a degree program. Auditors may seek permission from the faculty to attend tutorials (subject to space being available), additional fees may apply.

No dates are currently scheduled.

This course introduces the intermediate level of Hindi listening and reading comprehension skills and spoken and written communication skills. Vocabulary skills are deepened by exploring compound noun formation in words of Sanskrit and Urdu origin in Hindi. Students will learn how Hindi speakers use a range of variant forms alongside standard Hindi in their speech and the ways in which this forms part of how Hindi speakers express identity. The skills needed to read and understand long and complex Hindi sentences are developed through reading a variety of text genres such as film and news magazine articles and a selection of modern Hindi short stories. Cultural contexts covered in the texts include topics such as, the Hindi film industry, caste and community identities, memories of India's gaining independence, and coming of age in India and the impact of change in India.   

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge at an Intermediate level of Hindi to:

  1. Speak and write confidently in Hindi, demonstrating knowledge of regional forms and compound noun formations.
  2. Read and discuss common themes in a range of text types, such as magazines, newspapers, and literature, using appropriate sentence structures.
  3. Communicate with urban and rural Hindi speakers about personal lives and world views.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to read, discuss, and analyse current affairs coverage in India.

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In this course students will engage with a selection of readings from the Bhagavad Gita or a Purana or a similar text. There will also be further study of Sanskrit grammar and reading of selections from other Sanskrit literature.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Read extracts from Sanskrit courtly poetry smoothly and accurately, and chant the verses with an appropriate meter.
  2. Translate the vocabulary of the text in hand with a high level of competence in using a Sanskrit-English dictionary.
  3. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the advanced grammatical structures employed in Sanskrit courtly poetry, and demonstrate expertise in using reference grammars.
  4. Appraise the linguistic registers of the root text, in contrast with other genres of Sanskrit literature, and reflect this in appropriate English translation; respond creatively to the root text in an appropriate medium.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to interpret commentarial texts, showing an understanding of commentarial techniques and vocabulary.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the social and historical contexts of Sanskrit courtly poetry.

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