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 an Indigenous Languages Summer School in Darwin in July 2019.

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

Where:  Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus (Darwin)

Cost: 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.

Payment: Options will become available soon


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 – CAS110 (CDU)

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.

Linguistics for Indigenous Languages – INL100 (CDU/BIITE)

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.

Language in Society – INL130 (CDU/BIITE)

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.

Read more about Language in Society

Other courses may be offered – check here for further announcements.

Enrolment Options

CDU students

If you are a CDU student and:

  • you want to study CAS100 or INL100, 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:

  • and you want to study CAS110 or INL100, then check with your course coordinator to make sure they fit into your study plan and complete two Cross-Institutional Enrolment Forms.CDU Incoming Cross-Institutional Enrolment
    ANU Outgoing Cross-Institutional Enrolment
  • and you want to study an ANU unit, you will need to get approval from your Course Coordinator and enrol in the appropriate semester offering of either 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 forms
  2. Complete the relevant incoming Cross-Institutional forms from the right university.

CDU – CDU Incoming Cross-Institutional Enrolment for INL100 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 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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