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 three workshops that were held in July and August 2015 in Hobart, Port Hedland and Geraldton.


Participants review materials for immersion set Looking for rocks The group prepare for immersion set Participants search for natural materials

On July 28-29 DRIL trainer Emma Murphy and trainee trainer Ebony Joachim ran a two-day workshop in Hobart, with Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre staff. It was RNLD's second workshop with the group, and the two days were all about building skills in language immersion and the Master Apprentice method. The workshop focused on a theme of collecting natural materials to make instruments. With this theme, the group wrote a simple story, which they took in turns to narrate and act out. The story was also broken down into vocabulary groups – nouns and verbs – which became the focus for different immersion activities and revision games. Different workplace teams also wrote songs and made up dances, again using the same theme. It was a very productive and inspiring two days!

Lorice and Tim tell a story from a wordless book in Ngarluma Leanne and Alice practise an immersion set Donald prepares the roo tail Kayleen and Janet play Uno in Nyangumarta

From 17-19 August, DRIL trainers Margaret Florey and Jessica Solla were joined by language revitalisation expert Leanne Hinton for a three-day Master-Apprentice Program workshop at Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre, South Hedland WA. Teams of Nyangumarta, Ngarluma and Yinhawangka speakers and learners came together to learn language revitalisation strategies for home and community environments. Teaching immersion language-learning techniques, Leanne Hinton shared some of the insights she has gained through her extensive involvement with language revitalisation work in the United States with the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival (AICLS). On the second day of the workshop, the three different languages were spoken around a fire as roo tails and damper cooked; participants practised different immersion techniques such as self-narration in their Master-Apprentice teams. On the final day of the workshop, Wangka Maya staff talked with trainers about setting up support structures so that the teams could continue on with their Master-Apprentice work successfully.


Godfry writes a story on the whiteboard The group practise an immersion set outside Nadine, Leeann and Emma demo an immersion set Nadine practises an immersion set

On 24-26 August Emma Murphy and Ebony Joachim visited Geraldton to run a three-day workshop at the Irra Wangga Language Centre. During the workshop, participants wrote stories in Wajarri and Malgana before going on to practise teaching the vocabulary from the stories using a series of methods from the Master-Apprentice program, including immersion sets and total physical response (TPR). Participants also trained in introductory phonetics and morphology, so that on the final day of the workshop, they could apply their new linguistics skills to their stories, identifying transitive sentences and choosing which suffixes were needed on which words. 


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