Welcome to the Bininj Kunwok course, which will introduce you to the language and culture of the Bininj people of West Arnhem Land.
The course is presented through Charles Darwin University under the authority of the Bininj Kunwok Regional Language Centre.
The course will be done in your own time, and all the materials will be provided online. There will be some opportunities to interact with Bininj online, particularly for those who don’t regularly interact with Bininj.
Each week will be a new topic, according to what Bininj think that people should know when entering a Bininj community, including introducing yourself, talking about family, showing respect, etc. Each unit covers vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, reading, cultural information and some activities.
See the course outlines for further information.
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Unit 1 - Overview
An overview of the course and an introduction to Australian Indigenous languages
Unit 2 - Introducing Bininj Kunwok
Getting to know the language and the people
Unit 3 - Introducing yourself
Learn to talk about your favourite topic - you!
Unit 4 - Family matters
The foundation of Indigenous life
Unit 5 - Karrinahnarren
Looking after ourselves and each other
Unit 6 - Manme
Feeling hungry? Let's talk about food
Unit 7 - Time
How do Bininj think about time?
Unit 8 - Body and Health
Learning about wellbeing
Unit 9 - Land and nature
Exploring the natural landscape
Unit 10 - Art
A brief introduction to visual art in Bininj communities
Unit 11 - Music and Song
Learn about the rich musical traditions of West Arnhem Land
Unit 12 - Summary/Revision
Revisiting everything covered so far