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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.

Thu 28 Feb 2019 - Fri 31 May 2019

09:00AM

12 Sessions
3 spots remaining.

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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Mon 22 Jul 2019 - Fri 25 Oct 2019

09:00AM

12 Sessions
3 spots remaining.

This course completes the development of the intermediate level of Hindi listening and reading comprehension skills and spoken and written communication skills. Through the study of the selected texts students also deepen their understanding of how the use words drawn from Urdu and Sanskrit in Hindi are characteristic of different genres of Hindi texts. Students will also have opportunities to examine how different authors and genres employ a range of variant forms of grammar and how this impacts on understanding and analyzing a range of Hindi texts. Genres studied may include, spoken and recorded interviews, popular broadcast media and film related materials. Literary texts covered may include short stores from leading Hindi authors such Prem Chand and Upendranath Ashk and contemporary Hindi authors.   

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Speak and write confidently in Hindi, with appropriate use of a range of genres and registers that include those related to Urdu and Sanskritic Hindi.
  2. Apply a complete knowledge of Hindi grammar, including common variants in understanding and analysing different forms of written and spoken texts.
  3. Listen or view and evaluate broadcast genres such as spoken word, TV, and cinema.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to read, discuss, and analyse standard modern Hindi literary texts.

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Thu 28 Feb 2019 - Fri 31 May 2019

9:00 - 17:00

12 Sessions
2 spots remaining.
The four-year Sanskrit program is designed to introduce students to the broadest possible range of literary genres, including epic, courtly poetry, drama, Upaniadic verse and Vedic. In this course, students will engage with a selection of readings from the Bhagavad Gita or a Purana or a similar text.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Read extracts from Sanskrit dramas smoothly and accurately.
  2. Translate the vocabulary of the text in hand with a high level of competence in the use of a Sanskrit-English dictionary.
  3. Demonstrate thorough understanding of the advanced grammatical structures employed in Sanskrit dramas, 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 dramas.

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Mon 22 Jul 2019 - Fri 25 Oct 2019

09:00AM

12 Sessions
3 spots remaining.

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.The four-year Sanskrit program is designed to introduce students to the broadest possible range of literary genres, including epic, courtly poetry, drama, Upaniadic verse and Vedic.

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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Thu 28 Feb 2019 - Fri 31 May 2019

09:00AM

12 Sessions
3 spots remaining.

In Thai 5, students work from more advanced academic and journalistic texts, including self-sourced texts, which require deeper linguistic and contextual understanding. Emphasis is on the comprehension and expression of ideas with structural and lexical accuracy. Students also draw on knowledge of political, economic and social events that have shaped Thailand, its society, and the region.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recognise and use a broad and modern vocabulary, encompassing current youth culture expressions and technical terms encountered in current affairs reporting.
  2. Create sentence structures appropriate to the expression of complex ideas and arguments to advance and deepen individual research initiatives.
  3. Analyse formal and informal texts on current affairs, multimedia, fiction, and technical and academic works, relating to their areas of personal interest and academic specialisation; interact with informants under guidance to elicit desired information and present that information to other advanced learners.
  4. Demonstrate a sophisticated level of analysis of current issues in Thai culture on the basis of a deep cultural understanding.

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Mon 22 Jul 2019 - Fri 25 Oct 2019

09:00AM

12 Sessions
3 spots remaining.

Thai 6 sees advanced learners working with significant independence, locating and analysing their own primary sources to produce substantial academic output in the Thai language. Following Thai 6, interested and diligent students will be well-placed to continue to a higher-level academic degree or career role in which they may draw on their acquired skills and knowledge.  

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recognise and use a specialist vocabulary suitable for independent study on areas of personal academic interest.
  2. Create sentence structures to support the expression of complex ideas and arguments.
  3. Evaluate a wide range of largely self-selected formal and informal texts relating to their areas of personal interest and academic specialisation; interact independently with informants to elicit desired information on personal research projects and present that research in an academic manner to other advanced learners.
  4. Debate current issues in Thai culture with native speakers spontaneously and in a manner appropriate to all different levels of society.

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Thu 28 Feb 2019 - Fri 31 May 2019

09:00AM

12 Sessions
3 spots remaining.

The course focuses on language usage at an advanced  level in a number of selected settings directly relevant to life in Vietnam. Contexts of language use include aspects of life in Vietnam such as education system, family, social institutions and tourism. A reading program including selected writings by twentieth-century Vietnamese authors forms a part of the course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use an active vocabulary of around 3,000 items and a passive vocabulary of around 5,000 items.
  2. Recognise and use a wide range of demanding, argumentative texts on both general and academic matters, and recognize their implicit meanings.
  3. Respond spontaneously and with confidence to contemporary issues related to different age and career groups; compose clear and well-structured texts on complex subjects; and present viewpoints with clarity, cohesion, and in a well-organized pattern.
  4. Demonstrate a good understanding of present-day Vietnam relevant to their area of academic interest.

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Mon 22 Jul 2019 - Fri 25 Oct 2019

09:00AM

12 Sessions
3 spots remaining.

The course focuses on language usage at an independent level in a number of selected settings directly relevant to life in Vietnam. Contexts of language use include aspects of life in Vietnam such as culture, religion, social institutions, recreation and sports. A speaking weekly program forms a part of the course.   

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Use an active vocabulary of around 4,000 items and a passive vocabulary of around 7,000 items.
  2. Demonstrate an easy recognition of and analyse a wide range of texts on both general and academic matters.
  3. Express personal viewpoints fluently, clearly, and precisely in well-structured patterns on academically complex subjects.
  4. Demonstrate a sophisticated socio-cultural awareness of sensitive issues in contemporary Vietnamese society.

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