Advancing the sustainability of Indigenous languages

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RNLD's mission is to advance the sustainability of Indigenous languages and to increase the participation of Indigenous peoples in all aspects of language documentation and revitalisation through training, resource sharing, networking, and advocacy. Through our activities, we contribute to the holistic health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by providing direct relief from the suffering and distress that arises from the loss of Indigenous languages and the consequent alienation from cultural heritage and Indigenous identity.

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Each month we highlight recent training workshops run by our Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages (DRIL) training program.


This month, we're highlighting the DRIL workshops that the DRIL training team held in April 2015 in Port Hedland WA, Broome WA and Ngukurr NT.

DRIL Director Margaret Florey and Trainee Trainer Jessica Solla visited the Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre for a three-day workshop from 15-17 April. Participants from four different language groups (Ngarla, Nyamal, Ngarluma and Nyangumarta) came together to learn about articulatory phonetics and develop their skills in resource development. Across the three days, language workers studied and compared the sounds of their languages and how they are produced. Participants also worked hard to record example words to demonstrate each sound, and included these sound bites and video clips in a PowerPoint presentation. The workshop concluded with four brilliant presentations of the sound systems of each participants’ language, along with embedded audio and video recordings.

Uncle Bruce and Donald listing Nyangumarta examples Nora and Clint practising Nyamal pronunciation Lorice uploading her audio recordings Dennis and Uncle Bruce recording Nyangumarta words


Margaret Florey and Jessica Solla then travelled to beautiful Broome, where they ran a two-day workshop at the Yawuru Language Centre. The diverse group of language workers, teachers and support staff discussed teaching strategies with the DRIL trainers within the context of an expanding Yawuru curriculum in the local schools. The workshop provided language teachers and language workers a chance to work together to learn about and practice the goals and principles of the Master-Apprentice method and the role of non-verbal communication within an immersion setting. Using wordless books, the group identified vocab that could be taught at different year levels, working to scaffold a number of lessons and activities all based around the one teaching resource.

Language workers practise Yawuru immersion set run by Mick Gina and Rose pick out verbs from a wordless book Lola practises an immersion set with Dalisa, Samiah and Bohdi Mick tells a story in Yawuru while Dalisa and Lola act it out


DRIL Trainer Emma Murphy and RNLD Operations Manager Tamsin Wagner spent three days at Ngukurr from 14-16 April with Rembarrnga, Ngandi, Marra, Ritharrngu and Wagilak speakers. They packed a lot of Master Apprentice training into the three days. Pictures of artefacts led to an immersion language session focusing on how the artefacts are made. This began on day one in the classroom and continued on day two, when they were out bush and participants were able to use rocks, string and axes to enrich their teaching. Lunch-time activities on the bush trip produced a selection of fabulous photographs, which were much appreciated on day three, back in the classroom. The different language groups had animated discussions as they arranged the photographs along the floor in chronological order, discussing how they may use them in teaching. The activity inspired people to then use other images, based on a songline, to do a similar immersion language learning activity.  A great coming together of language, culture and photography!

Cherry and Grant select animals for an immersion set Language teams discuss artefacts at the water hole AJ and Betty at RNLD DRIL workshop April 2015 Making damper pictures for immersion set DRIL participants sit with Emma at local water hole


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