• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Australian Studies
  • Areas of interest Australian Indigenous Studies, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Jane Simpson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2014
    First Semester 2014
    Second Semester 2014
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This course is a practical introduction to an Indigenous Australian language. It is designed to develop basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills at an introductory level, and to develop a knowledge and understanding of the relation between language culture and society in the community of the speakers.

This course may be offered on campus or on -country (location(s) to be advised for each offering), and delivered over the course of a semester or in intensive mode. This course is available for cross-Institutional enrolment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the grammar and lexicon of the Indigenous Australian language.
  • 2. Demonstrate communicative skills allowing them to ask questions, give directions and discuss some topics confidently in the Indigenous language.
  • 3. Read and understand short texts in an Australian Indigenous language.
  • 4. Write short texts in an Australian Indigenous language.
  • 5. Discuss cultural and traditional practices specific to the Indigenous Australian community.
  • Other Information

    For more information about Australian Indigenous Language(s) on offer in the current year, please reference information available on the School of Literature, Languages, and Linguistics website.

    Indicative Assessment

    Online/tutorial exercises 30% (LO 1, 2,3, 4, 5)

    Quizzes 40% (LO 1-3)

    Written assignment (2,000 words) 30% (LO 1, 5)

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    4 weekly contact hours (including online contact hours) and 6 hours per week independent study.

    In two week intensive mode there will be 4 contact hours/day and 5 hours per day outside class for the two weeks, plus 40 hours preparation for final assessment

    Prescribed Texts

    These will depend on the language which is being studied.




    Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

    If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

    Student Contribution Band:
    Unit value:
    6 units

    If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

    Units EFTSL
    6.00 0.12500
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee Description
    1994-2003 $1164
    2014 $2478
    2013 $2472
    2012 $2472
    2011 $2424
    2010 $2358
    2009 $2286
    2008 $2286
    2007 $2286
    2006 $2286
    2005 $2286
    2004 $1926
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    1994-2003 $2574
    2014 $3246
    2013 $3240
    2012 $3240
    2011 $3240
    2010 $3240
    2009 $3240
    2008 $3240
    2007 $3132
    2006 $3132
    2005 $3132
    2004 $2916
    Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

    Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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    Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

    Summer Session

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    1006 13 Jan 2014 17 Jan 2014 17 Jan 2014 10 Feb 2014 In Person N/A

    First Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    4572 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

    Second Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    8635 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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