Ŋani nhe wäŋa Yolŋu Matha? Do you speak Yolngu?
Monday 9 January 2017
In December 2016, Charles Darwin University (CDU) announced the start of its Diploma of Yolngu Studies, which offers students the opportunity to learn the Yolngu Matha languages of Northern Australia.
The world-first Diploma of Yolngu Studies, which offers skills in speaking and writing the Yolngu Matha languages, is a unique course that has been developed with approval from the Yolngu Advisory Group.
CDU’s Head of the School of Indigenous Knowledges and Public Policy Dr Curtis Roman said the course would aim to enhance cross-cultural exchanges between students and Yolngu people in Top End communities.
Dr Roman said students could apply their knowledge when working in Yolngu communities and providing services in areas, such as health, education, law and research.
“Yolngu communities can benefit from students gaining awareness about Yolngu languages and culture, and applying this knowledge when working with Yolngu people,” he said.
The year-long course provides a basic grounding in the sounds of the languages, the grammar and basic vocabulary of Yolngu languages.
Students can also learn about Yolngu narratives in language, both oral and written, and the ethical behaviour and protocols governing interactions with Yolngu people, and how knowledge is used and shared.
CDU’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Success Professor Martin Carroll said the course would provide practical learning experiences for students along with the flexibility to study on campus or online.
“At CDU we are committed to working with Indigenous knowledge holders to create platforms for meaningful cultural exchanges,” Professor Carroll said.
“We are constantly adapting our courses to include the latest in technologies and trends so that students are better prepared to enter changing workplaces.
The course is available from Semester One. For more information visit the CDU website.