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Tetun courses

Dili Institute of Technology offers year-round Tetun courses at all levels. Courses are offered in several formats:

1. Intensive courses on campus or for groups at a place of your choosing, 8.30-12.30 Monday to Friday. 

    $120 per person per week.

2. At times of your choosing, between 8.30-5.00pm Monday to Friday, on campus, at your office, or online.

    $10/person/hour for one person, $8/person/hour for groups. 

Methods: Most teaching is in small groups, with a variety of teachers and methods. Classes are almost completely monolingual in Tetun, but the book and some written material are in English. You need to be able to read English, but will not need to speak it. For those not confident in reading English, we have Portuguese and Indonesian versions of the beginner section of the textbook.

Tetun teachers

The teachers are  Alexandre Fernandes Xavier Cham ("Alex"), Marta Cardoso, and Emidia Maria Freitas Pereira (“Mima”).

Determining your level: For anyone other than absolute beginners or those who have recently done a course with us, we will schedule a brief interview before the course to determine your level and sub-level. To get an approximate idea, see the descriptions here.

Textbook: “Peace Corps East Timor Tetun Language Course”, $17.50, available at the course, or downloadable from our Resources page.  

For DIT campus directions and map, click here.

To register: SMS or ring the registrations officer Yustina Atok on (670) 77369768 or email her on  regis@tetundit.tl with your name, contact details, approximate level, and prefered dates, ideally using the application form.

Holidays: We do not teach on most public holidays or over Holy Week and Christmas-New Year. For a list of holidays, click here.