Pitjantjatjara Language Summer School

2014 Pitjantjatjara Language Summer School

Date Full Course 8 - 19 January 2018 
Time 9am – 4pm - Monday - Friday
Cost The Early Bird discount fee of $1650 available from 30 September until 31 October, 2017. After that date the fee is $1750. *** Resources can also be purchased during registration.
Location UniSA Magill Campus

Presented by the University of South Australia’s School of Communication, International Studies and Languages.

The Pitjantjatjara Language Summer School will benefit people who have contact with Pitjantjatjara people in the course of their work. People completing the Summer School should be able to enter into elementary conversations with Pitjantjatjara people. There will also be historical and cross-cultural information within the curriculum.

Consisting of oral practice, elementary vocabulary, basic grammar and written exercises, the School will be conducted with sessions of role play with an emphasis on oral fluency, small group sessions for revision and practice or oral language and grammar sessions. It will provide structures on which students can build to enable further progress in the language.

Course Coordinator Dan Bleby will deliver this two week program with the assistance of six traditional tutors from the APY Lands and northern parts of South Australia. The tutors, who come from communities such as Umuwa, Ernabella and Amata will work with small groups of participants throughout the course and will provide first-hand knowledge of the Pitjantjatjara language and culture from a traditional Aboriginal perspective.

By the end of the course the students will:

  • be familiar with a basic vocabulary of approximately 300
  • be familiar with the sounds of the language and be able to reproduce them
  • have a basic grammatical knowledge with an understanding of the four noun and four verb classes, and four or five tenses of the verbs in each class
  • be able to converse in simple sentences.

To ensure your place in the 2018 Pitjantjatjara Language Summer School, please register via Conference Online. You can also download the PDF file.

The Early Bird discount fee of $1650 available from 30 September until 31 October, 2017. After that date the fee is $1750. *** Resources can also be purchased during registration.

Course runs from January 8 - 19. Closing date to register: 30th November 2017.

This course is not available for credit but a certificate of completion will be presented.

*** A limited number of places are held for students to study this course as part of their undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Applicants should enrol in October through the usual enrolment processes.

Further Enquiries:

School of Communication, International Studies and Languages
Ph: (08) 8302 4607
Fax: (08) 8302 4745
Email: arna.eyers-white@unisa.edu.au

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