Indigenous 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 and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education to offer the second Indigenous Languages Summer School in Sydney in January 2019.

Download the AILI Summer School 2019 flyer.

Travel scholarships

Scholarship Information

Scholarships are available for Indigenous language workers to attend the workshop mode. Find out more about scholarships.


Please note: students can only choose one unit at the Summer School as all classes are presenteded simultaneously. All units are fully accredited and can be credited towards study. 

Introduction to Yolŋu Languages and Culture - 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. You will also be given an introduction to moiety systems, various aspects of kinship, Yolngu life, creation stories, songs, art and ceremonies, and how these relate together.

Read more about Introduction to Yolŋu Languages and Culture.

Gamilaraay 1 - AUST1001

This unit is a practical introduction to Gamilaraay, the heritage language of many people from inland northern NSW and nearby Qld.

You 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.

Read more about Gamilaraay 1.

Linguistics for Indigenous Languages 

This unit is an introduction to the scientific study of language through a focus on Australia’s Indigenous languages. You will gain 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. 

Read more about Linguistics for Indigenous Languages.

When: A two-week intensive block from 14 - 25 January 2019.

Where: CDU Sydney Campus: Level 10, 815 George St, Haymarket.

Non-award workshop mode (two-week workshop): $1000
Attend as a Higher Education student: HECS-HELP applies if you are studying in a Commonwealth Supported place. If you are an enrolled student at CDU, ANU or another university, then in most cases you would be required to pay the HECS-HELP fee which varies slightly from institution to institution.

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Enrolment Options

CDU students

If you are a CDU student and:

  • you want to study CAS100 or IND100, check with your course coordinator to make sure they fit into your study plan and enrol in the Summer Semester offering of either unit.
  • you want to study an ANU unit, you will need to get approval from your Course Coordinator and complete two Cross-Institutional Enrolment forms.

CDU Outging Cross-Institutional Enrolment (e-form)
ANU Incoming Cross-Institutional Enrolment

ANU students

If you are an ANU Student:

Another university student

If you are a student at another university in Australia, you will need to:

  1. Get approval from your Course Coordinator and then fill in the appropriate forms
  2. Complete the relevant incoming Cross-Institutional forms from the right university.

CDU - CDU Incoming Cross-Institutional Enrolment for IND100 and CAS110
ANU - ANU Incoming Cross-Institutional Enrolment for AUS 1001

What if I'm not a student?

If you are not a university student you can be a particpant via workshop mode.

All workshop participation incurs a $1000 fee for the two week course of your choice.

Email for more information on what what workshop participation will involve and how to pay the fee.


The Indigenous Languages Summer School is a collaborative project between the Australian National University, Charles Darwin University and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education supporting the Australian Indigenous Languages Institute.

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