Indigenous Languages Top End Intensive – July 2019

In the UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages, why not spend two weeks 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 Indigenous Languages ‘Top End Intensive’ in Darwin in July 2019.

When: A two-week intensive block from 8-19 July 2019

Where: Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus (Darwin)

Cost: $1200 per person
$600 for Yolŋu matha (1 week only)

(HECS-HELP available for enrolled students)

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Enrol before 24 May for a $200 discount!

Payment: Register and pay here

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 or another university, then in most cases you would be required to pay the HECS-HELP fee which may vary slightly from institution to institution.


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

Introduction to Yolŋu Languages and Culture (1 week only July 8-12)

Yolŋu details
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, Yolŋu life, creation stories, songs, art and ceremonies, and how these relate together.

This is a one-week course running from 8-12 July, and is the equivalent of the 6-week short course running through the university semester.

Read more about Introduction to Yolŋu Languages and Culture.

Linguistics for Indigenous Languages

Details for Linguistics

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.

This forms part of the INL100 unit Linguistics for Indigenous Languages 1 accredited through CDU/Batchelor Institute.

Language in Society

Details for Language in Society

You will engage with the practical, theoretical and research aspects of the broad and varied field of sociolinguistics in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and within the wider community.

This forms part of the INL130 unit Language in Society accredited through CDU/Batchelor Institute.

If insufficient numbers, a workshop may not run. Refunds will be available, or transfers to another workshop.

Enrolment Options

CDU students

If you are already enrolled as a CDU student, check with your course coordinator to make sure the unit fits into your study plan, and enrol in the Semester offering of the appropriate unit.

Students from other universities

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 form from your university
  2. Complete the relevant incoming Cross-Institutional forms from CDU

CDU – CDU Incoming Cross-Institutional Enrolment

What if I'm not an enrolled student?

If you are not an enrolled university student you can participate via workshop mode.

All workshop participation incurs a $1200 fee for the two week program of your choice.

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

Australian Indigenous Languages Institute Gamilaraay intensive course

AILI Gamilaraay class January 2019

The Australian Indigenous Languages Institute is a collaborative project between the Australian National University, Charles Darwin University and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education to support Indigenous language development in Australia.

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