Speaking Gamilaraay 1
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By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the grammar and lexicon of Gamilaraay language.
- Demonstrate communicative skills allowing them to ask questions, give directions and discuss some topics confidently in Gamilaraay.
- Read and understand short texts in Gamilaraay.
- Write short texts in an Gamilaraay.
- Discuss the importance to Indigenous Australians of using their language, with specific references to the Gamilaraay community.
In order to achieve these learning outcomes, each week students are expected to study 10 hours per week, as follows:
- preparation for the weekly class, studying the written and audio materials for the week
- participate in 120 minute sessions via face-to-face video (zoom) at a set time, prescribed by the University.
- individual study practising the week's lesson, including written and spoken language forms, and vocabulary, and reviewing feedback on their work.
Please note that timezone differences may apply for those based internationally.
- Questions - polar and content
- Local cases (grammatical) and case suffixes - Allative, Locative, Ablative (over a number of lessons)
- Simple forms of Y class verbs (over a number of lessons)
- Pronunciation and stress patterns
- Adjectives and word order
- L class verbs, transitivity, Ergative case (over a number of lessons)
- NG and RR class verbs, three place verbs
- Pronouns (over a number of lessons)
- Continuous verbs - moving and non-moving (over a number of lessons)
- Conversation practice (throughout the course)
- Cultural materiarls, including input on the importance of language and language revival, the history of Gamilaraay language and language revival
This is a subject for beginners. If you have prior experience in learning this language, this subject may not be appropriate for you. You may be required to take a placement test.
- EquipmentDetails - To successfully engage in this course students will need the following: • Laptop or computer • Computer camera (either inbuilt or webcam) • Headset with microphone • Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser • Reliable internet access • Access to a scanner or smartphone • Audacity or other sound recording and editing software
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This is a fast-paced course at an academic level.
Please note students need to be available for the face-to-face video conference at a set time prescribed by the University, during the 12-week teaching period.
This subject is a practical introduction to Gamilaraay, 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 relationship between language culture and society in the community of the speakers. No previous knowledge of Aboriginal languages is needed.
- Weekly written online quizzes, completed before online video sessions (10%)
- 8 x Written online quizzes (best 6 will count) (15%)
- 8 x Sound recordings (best 6 will count) (15%)
- Conversations in pairs (25%)
- Final Writing Task (10%)
- One-hour online quiz (10%)
- Reflective Essay (15%)