• Class Number 3576
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic OUA Online
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • AsPr Carmel O'Shannessy
    • Dr John Giacon
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
    • Michael Higgins
SELT Survey Results

This course is a practical introduction to  Gamilaraay, a heritage Indigenous Australian language whose custodians are reviving it . 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.  It may also be offered online. 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. In such cases, an alternative lesson plan will be arranged to fulfil the course requirements. International students are asked to check the visa implications of taking the course as an online course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate a basic knowledge of the grammar and lexicon of Gamilaraay;
  2. demonstrate communicative skills allowing them to ask questions, give directions and discuss some topics in Gamilaraay;
  3. read, create and understand short texts in Gamilaraay; and
  4. demonstrate a basic knowledge of cultural, traditional and linguistics practices specific to Gamilaraay.

Research-Led Teaching

Student work will contribute to materials for Gamilaraay/Yuwalaraay language revival.

Required Resources

Textbook: Wiidhaa, available as a free download from ANU Press ; https://press.anu.edu.au/publications/textbooks/wiidhaa

App: Gadjigadji; online dictionary dnathan.com/gaman/; yuwaalaraay.com website;

Sound recording equipment; sound editing software such as Audacity. mp3 files need to be created and uploaded.

Staff Feedback

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

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Widhaa Lesson 1. Hello, Goodbye, Questions
2 Widhaa Lesson 2. ‘This, That’ Demonstratives; more questions Pre-class quiz
3 Widhaa Lessons 3, 4 Contrast / Take it! more questions Pre-class quiz. Weekly Quiz. Weekly Sound. Language revival discussion 1
4 Widhaa Lessons 5, 6 Y class verbs; Allative Pre-class quiz. Weekly Quiz. Weekly Sound.
5 Widhaa Lessons 7, 8 Where; Locative, Possession Pre-class quiz. Weekly Quiz. Weekly Sound.
6 Widhaa Lessons 9, 10 To, From and at; Adjectives Gayrrda Pre-class quiz. Weekly Quiz. Weekly Sound. Language revival discussion 2
7 Widhaa Lessons 11, 12 L class verbs; Ergativity, transitivity, Actor/Doer-to, Instrument Pre-class quiz. Weekly Quiz. Weekly Sound. Conversation
8 Widhaa Lessons 13, 14 Ng and Rr class verbs; more questions Pre-class quiz. Weekly Quiz. Weekly Sound.
9 Widhaa Lessons 15, 16 Pronouns - singular; Verbs continuous non-moving Pre-class quiz. Weekly Quiz. Weekly Sound. Language revival discussion 1
10 Widhaa Lessons 17, 18 Verbs continuous moving; further suffixes Pre-class quiz. Weekly Quiz. Weekly Sound.
11 Widhaa Lessons 19, 20 Pronouns - dual and plural; Locative, Allative, Ablative Pre-class quiz. Weekly Quiz. Weekly Sound.
12 Widhaa Lesson 21 Other third person pronouns Pre-class quiz. Conversation; Language revival discussion 4

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Pre-class quizzes 5 % 1
Weekly quiz 20 % 1
Weekly sounds 15 % 2
Language revival discussions 10 % 4
Conversations 20 % 1,2,3
Final quiz 20 % 1, 3
Writing task 10 % 1, 2, 3

* 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 Integrity 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 Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 1

Pre-class quizzes

Weekly pre-class quizzes are online and have questions on material students are to read and understand before class. These quizzes can be repeated any number of times. They are designed to help you understand the material covered in that week. 5% is given for completing 9 of the 11 quizzes to a level of 75% by the due date. These quizzes can also be used later for practice and revision.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1

Weekly quiz

The weekly quiz has a time limit and covers material up to the previous class. Quizzes open at noon on Tuesday and close 6 am on Friday. 20% is for the best seven of the nine weekly quizzes.

Both the pre-class and weekly quizzes have a random selection from a large pool of questions, so each attempt will have a different set of questions.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 2

Weekly sounds

Students read an allocated Gamilaraay text and upload an mp3 file. 15% is for the best seven of the weekly sound tasks.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 4

Language revival discussions

Four lots of materials (text, videos, other) on language revival and associated topics are provided. Students are required to post a response to some material in each section every three weeks. This task is worth 10%, divided equally among the 4 instances.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


There are two conversation tasks. The first is for 5 minutes and is 5%, the second for 10 minutes and is 15% .

You need to organise and practise with a partner. After greeting each other you will be presented with objects or visuals (pictures, videos) and you need to talk about them in Gamilaraay. The objects or visuals will be drawn from a set which will be provided well in advance of the conversation.

The criteria for marking the conversation are: correct pronunciation, use of a range of vocabulary and structures, intelligible in relevant Gamilaraay, fluency (i.e. reasonable speed and phrasing).

Assessment Task 6

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3

Final quiz

This is a longer quiz worth 20%. It has a random set of questions drawn mainly from the later lessons. It will include a translation passage. It has a time limit of one hour and is to be done on the date given on the course Wattle site.

Assessment Task 7

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Writing task

Students are to write a text in Gamilaraay of 100 to 125 words, and provide an English translation. This task is 10% and is due the date given on the course Wattle site.

The criteria are: the range of Gamilaraay structures and vocabulary used; the quality of the text, i.e. is it interesting and coherent.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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) submission must be through Turnitin.

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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. With the exception of the Weekly Sound Task, no assessment item may be submitted late. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. The Weekly sound Task may be submitted late. 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.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

 The quizzes (pre-quiz, weekly quiz and final quiz) are automatically marked by Wattle. This means you have to be very careful with spelling and punctuation. By doing a number of pre-class/practice quizzes you will become familiar with the system. If there are errors in the questions please let the lecturer know.

Weekly sound: returned within one week.

4 language revival discussions: returned within one week.

Conversations: returned within one week.

Writing task: within one week.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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

No resubmission (except pre-class quizzes which can be done as often as liked).

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
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).

AsPr Carmel O'Shannessy

Research Interests

Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Languages


Linguistic Structures (Incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) English Language

Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Policy 

AsPr Carmel O'Shannessy

By Appointment
Dr John Giacon

Research Interests

Dr John Giacon

By Appointment
Michael Higgins

Research Interests

Michael Higgins

By Appointment

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