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Study Gamilaraay


Beginning in second semester 2013, students will have the opportunity to study Gamilaraay, an Indigenous Australian language from the mid-northwest of NSW that is currently undergoing revitalisation.

The introductory level of the course (AUST1001) The course will be available to students from other universities via video conferencing. These cross-institutional students should contact for enrolment instructions.

The introductory level of Gamilaraay will also be offered as a two week summer school in Sydney, 13-24 January 2014 (plus assessment due later). The course will be held at Christian Brother High School Lewisham, in conjunction with a community course in Gamilaraay.

The continuing level of Gamilarayy (AUST2008) will be offered as an ANU winter session course. The location and exact dates are still to be decided, so check back for more information.

The courses will provide students with competence in speaking, understanding, reading and writing Gamilaraay sufficient to recognise and construct simple utterances in the language, and to understand its relationships with other languages. For information on Gamilaraay language work go to, which also has links to other sites. You can see some projects from previous students on Facebook. Search for 'Gamilaraay'.

Assessment components include the following:

  1. the quality of Gamilaraay oral/aural performance and the ability to use Gamilaraay in simple conversations
  2. regular short written tasks
  3. a final project including the production of a Gamilaraay learning resource which demonstrates the student's written and oral skills.

More information

Contact John Giacon for more information about these courses.

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