If you have an interest in issues of relevance to indigenous Australians, adding Indigenous languages to your knowledge in this area will be a very rewarding learning experience. The Australian Indigenous Languages program provides an opportunity for you to explore a language native to Australia, and through this to gain a better understanding of the speakers, their societies, cultures and knowledge systems.
Australia has more than 300 Indigenous languages, both traditional and new. Each reflects the interests, societies, culture and knowledge systems of its speakers. By studying Indigenous languages, you will discover new ways of looking at the world, of communicating, and of thinking. You will come to understand the place of Indigenous languages in society generally, and relationships between language, culture and society in the communities of speakers.
You can study two courses in Australian Indigenous languages as electives, or as part of a Linguistics major, or as part of an Indigenous Studies major.The languages available at ANU will depend on resources and expertise available at the time.
You are encouraged to explore cross-institutional options for studying Indigenous languages. Visit http://ulpa.edu.au/ to find out what courses on Indigenous languages are offered in which universities during which semesters. Once you have decided on a course, consult the convenor of Indigenous languages for help with cross-institutional enrolment.
Upcoming Australian Indigenous Languages Classes
Students from ANU and from other universities should enrol in AUST1001/6008 for Gamilaraay 1 and AUST2008/6009 for Gamilaraay 2 at ANU. Cross-institutional enrolments are welcomed
Spring 2016 - Speaking Gamilaraay 2
The class will run intensively over the Spring session in Canberra from 21 November - 2 December, with final assessment due on 19 December. Please note results for this course will not be released in time to confirm ANU students’ eligibility to graduate at the end of year 2016 ANU graduation ceremony. Contact the course convener, Dr John Giacon (firstname.lastname@example.org), for more information.
Semester 1, 2017 - Gamilaraay 1
Semester 1 course in Canberra from 15 February to 27 May 2017, with video link to Sydney. Contact the course convener, Dr John Giacon (email@example.com), for more information.
Winter 2017 - Gamilaraay 2
Intensive course in Canberra from 3-14 July 2017, with final assessment due on 23 July. Please note results for this course will not be released in time to confirm ANU students’ eligibility to graduate at the mid-year 2017 ANU graduation ceremony. Contact the course convener, Dr John Giacon (firstname.lastname@example.org), for more information.
Students are also encouraged to go to http://ulpa.edu.au to check out intensive courses on Kaurna and on Pitjantjatjara.