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Australian Indigenous Languages Institute

AILI LogoIndigenous Languages Summer School 2019

Spend two weeks this summer learning about the languages of Australia’s First Peoples.

Charles Darwin University is working in collaboration with the Australian National University to offer the inaugural Indigenous Languages Summer School in Sydney in January 2019 This Summer School is the second summer school run by the  Australian Indigenous Languages Institute. Download our flyer here: AILI Summer School 2019

Units of study available in 2019:

Introduction to Yolŋu Languages and Culture  

CDU Unit Code CAS110
This unit gives a basic grounding in the Dhuwala variety of Yolŋu Matha from north East Arnhem Land, including the sounds, grammar, and a basic vocabulary, as well as an introduction to moiety systems, various aspects of kinship, Yolngu life, creation stories, songs, art and ceremonies, and how these relate together.

Gamilaraay 1  

ANU Unit Code AUST1001
This unit is a practical introduction to Gamilaraay, the heritage language of many people from inland northern NSW and nearby Qld. Learners will develop basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills at an introductory level. Mainly through interaction with Gamilaraay people non-Indigenous students will also learn about the importance of language and its relationship to identity and culture.

Linguistics for Indigenous Languages 

CDU Unit Code INL100
This unit is an introduction to the scientific study of language through a focus on Australia’s Indigenous languages, enabling students to develop an introductory understanding of the practical and theoretical aspects of linguistics and how languages work, including. sound production and sound systems, parts of speech, grammatical relations in words and sentences, and meaning. 

Please note: students can do only one unit at the Summer School as all classes will happen simultaneously.

All units are fully accredited and can be credited towards study. 

When:      A two-week intensive block   7 - 18th January 2019

Where:    CDU Sydney Campus: Level 10, 815 George Street, HAYMARKET.

Cost:        HECS - HELP if you are a university student. If you are an enrolled student at CDU, ANU or another university, then you will likely pay the HECS-HELP fee of about $820 (depending on the institution). Otherwise non-award fees apply (contact us for details).

Options for enrolment are shown below.

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 The Indigenous Languages Summer School is a collaborative project between the Australian National University and Charles Darwin University as part of the Australian Indigenous Languages Institute.

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Enrolment Options

CDU Students

If you are a CDU student:

  • You can enrol in CAS110 Introduction to Yolngu Studies and INL100 Linguistics for Indigenous Languages by enrolling in those units in Summer Semester.
  • You can enrol in AUST1001 Gamilaraay 1, by completing a Cross-institutional Enrolment form at CDU and ANU.

    CDU Outgoing Cross Institutional Enrolment                                                                
    ANU Cross Insitutional Enrolment

ANU Students

If you are an ANU student:

  • You can enrol in CAS110 Introduction to Yolngu Studies and INL100 Linguistics for Indigenous Languages by an application for Cross-institutional enrolment in those units in CDU's Summer Semester.
  • You can enrol in AUST1001 Gamilaraay 1, by enrolling in AUST1001 in Summer Session 2018.

CDU Incoming Cross-Institutional Enrolment
ANU Cross-Institutional Enrolment

Other university students

If you are a student at another university, then you can use the incoming cross-institutional enrolment forms to credit the study to your undergraduate degree at your home institution.

CDU Incoming Cross-Institutional Enrolment                                                                
ANU Cross-Institutional Enrolment

Fees will be charged at the HECS-HELP rate for the institution into which you are enrolling.

What if I'm not a student?

If you are interested in participating in the Summer School but are not a student, no worries. We can enrol you in one unit and you can credit that to study that you do in the future.

If you want to do this so you can credit to future study, your fee for the two-week intensive will be: $2,259.

If you would just like to attend and enjoy learning, then let us know so we can talk you through the options that are available.

For information on how to enrol and the options you might have for non-award study, contact our administration staff at CDU on:

T: (08) 8946 6477


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