• Class Number 3091
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic Gamilaraay
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Jane Simpson
    • Dr Gianbattista Giacon
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

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 some elements of traditional and current culture, and the importance of language to the community.

This course may be offered on campus or off-campus (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.

Students will only be permitted to travel upon completion of ANU required documentation, including, where required,  the approval of all documentation by the relevant delegate.

Disclaimer: Applicants are advised that due to circumstances beyond the University's control (for example, specific community security concerns and health crises) it may not be possible for students to commence or complete this course. An alternative lesson plan will be arranged to fulfil the course requirements.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills 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 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.

Required Resources

The main text for the class is Garay Guwaala 1. A draft ePub versions is available. . These can be downloaded from tinyurl.com/gyresources > ‘Temp’ folder.


There are links to many Gamilaraay resources at yuwaalaraay.com. Much of the information about Gamilaraay comes from Yuwaalaraay, a closely related language, and there is cooperation between the revival efforts of the two languages. One of the main links is to the GY [Gamilaraay Yuwaalaraay] moodle site, tinyurl.com/GYMoodle or https://moodle.arm.catholic.edu.au/login/index.php, where you can log in as guest.

You can download the Gamilaraay-Yuwaalaraay Yuwaalayaay dictionary from Section 4 of the Moodle, or go directly to https://moodle.arm.catholic.edu.au/mod/page/view.php?id=100.

You will need Gayarragi, Winangali, an electronic version of the Dictionary. It can be downloaded from the link on yuwaalaraay.org or from http://www.dnathan.com/projects/gw/. Be sure to follow the download instructions.

Students will need to be able to record and edit sound files. You will need to record and send mp3 files for weekly tasks.

A good program is Audacity: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/

We will go over the use of Audacity in class, but it is good if you can download it and practise beforehand.

Make sure you have any plug-ins needed to convert sound to mp3.

There are a number of Gamilaraay Facebook pages. The main one for this course is GamilaraayGuwaala: go to tinyurl.com/FacebookGY.

Recently a number of Powtoons have been produced, which are also available on YouTube: tinyurl.com/SpeakGamilaraay.

Revision material can be found on Memrise: tinyurl.com/MemriseGY

There is a (largely inactive) blog: gamilaraay.wordpress.com, which has links to other materials including previous student projects. You can search for ‘Gamilaraay’ on YouTube and see other materials, including previous student projects.

The Ma! Gamilaraay smartphone app is no longer functional on most phones. We are working on a new app.

Printed copies of the Dictionary and other resources will be available for purchase from fivesenseseducation.com.au (search for ‘Gamilaraay’).

Trial quizzes questions are available at Gamilaraay.moodlecloud.com. Login details will be given in class.

Yaluu, a book version of John Giacon’s thesis on the grammar of Yuwaalaraay and Gamilaraay, is available as an eBook from ANUePress or in print from fivesenseseducation.com.au.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • In-class feedback on use of Gamilaraay;
  • Written assignments - individual written comments and general comment in class;
  • Audio assignments - individual written comments and general comment in class;
  • Written comments on other assessments

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

If a student misses the quiz or conversation, a medical certificate is requested either before the quiz or conversation takes place or within 72 hours of the scheduled quiz or conversation time. Students are strongly advised to contact the lecturer to advise they will not be present for the conversation or quiz and provide reasons explaining why they cannot be present. Ask for an extension in advance on the extension request form which is included with the coversheet.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Lesson 1: Hello / What’s This/that? / Goodbye Lesson 2: Yes/No questions and answers. Trial task
2 Lesson 3: This & That / Contrast Lesson 4: Who are you? Are you good? Trial task
3 Lesson 5: Verbs: Y class/ ‘going to’ (Allative) suffix Lesson 6: Verbs: Y class - more tenses Quiz Recording task
4 Lesson 7: Where is it? The place (locative) suffix. Lesson 8: Possession Quiz Recording task
5 Lesson 9: To, From and At Lesson 10: Adjectives - Gayrrda Quiz Recording task
6 Lesson 11: L class verbs; transitivity; doer.to/ergative suffix Lesson 12: Doer.to/Actor and instrument Practice tasks Recording task
7 Lesson 13: Verbs ng class, rr class Lesson 14: What for/ Whose/ Who for? Recording task In-class quiz Conversation
8 Lesson 15: Pronouns: Singular Lesson 16: Verbs Continuous – non-moving Quiz Recording class
9 Lesson 17: Verbs Continuous – moving Lesson 18: More Suffixes Quiz Recording task
10 Lesson 10: Pronouns: locative and ablative Lesson 20: More Pronouns: Dual & Plural Quiz Recording task
11 Lesson 21: Other third person pronouns Revision and conversation
12 Conversation Conversation

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Quizzes 25 % 29/05/2019 24/06/2019 1,2,3
Recording tasks 15 % 29/05/2019 24/06/2019 2
Conversations 25 % 29/05/2019 24/06/2019 2,5
Final Quiz 10 % 02/06/2019 24/06/2019 1,3
Final writing task 10 % 09/06/2019 24/06/2019 1, 3, 4
Final reflective essay 15 % 09/06/2019 24/06/2019 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.



Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 29/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 24/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


See Wattle site for details including timing of the quizzes.

Value: 25%.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 29/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 24/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2

Recording tasks

See Wattle site for details including timing of the recording tasks.

Value: 15%

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 29/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 24/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,5


See Wattle site for details including timing.

Value: 25%.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 02/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 24/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

Final Quiz

See Wattle site for details.

Value: 10%.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 09/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 24/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4

Final writing task

See Wattle site for details.

Value: 10%

Assessment Task 6

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 09/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 24/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 5

Final reflective essay

See Wattle site for details

Value: 15%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Assignments are submitted using the course Wattle site. Submitted assignments must include the cover sheet provided on Wattle. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Work will be returned personally and on Wattle. Weekly tasks will generally be returned before the next assignment is due.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students who wish to resubmit assignments need to contact the lecturer asap.

Privacy Notice

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In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Jane Simpson

Research Interests

Australian languages, syntax, semantics, lexicography, pragmatics, language revival, language maintenance, digital humanities

Jane Simpson

Thursday 15:00 16:00
Dr Gianbattista Giacon

Research Interests

Dr Gianbattista Giacon

Wednesday 14:00 15:00

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