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.

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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 our final two DRIL workshops for the year that were held in December 2014 in Broome and Kununurra in Western Australia.

DRIL Trainers Margaret Florey and Emma Murphy and DRIL / RUIL intern Karen Mezentsef were in Broome from December 3-5, running their second DRIL workshop at Mabu Yawuru Ngan-ga. It was exciting to work again with this energetic group of teachers and language workers. Over the three days, the group worked in two teams to produce and use teaching resources. They planned themes around the outdoor environment and kinship and family, and developed these into wordless books and PowerPoint presentations. One team extended their theme into a video, which they learned to edit in Windows MovieMaker, while the other team made and edited an audio recording. Both teams practised teaching the participants from their new resources and discussed their effectiveness and strategies for implementing resources in different teaching environments. We're looking forward to seeing other resources that they plan to create in the new year.
Roko presenting Working on Audacity in Broome Making resources for the Master Apprentice method
Language immersion classes in Broome Digital video and audio recording in Broome Completed language resources at Mabu Yawuru Ngan-ga, Broome!  

From Broome, Margaret and Emma headed to Kununurra where they spent a very productive three days from December 8-10 working with eight language workers at the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre. The workshop participants divided into three groups and spent the three days planning, producing and practising using wordless books as language teaching resources. Each book focused on a different theme, and the groups worked hard at planning and taking photos they would need, language hunting and forming the sentences they would use, then checking the language with Elder Paulina Galbat. At times the language office became a production line of printing, laminating and binding the new books, but the team did leave time to practise using their new resources. They also recorded the language associated with the books, so that the completed resource included audio along with the visual resource.

'Standing and Sitting' language book
More language resources at Kununurra!
Practising language immersion teaching in Kununurra  
Making language resources at the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre Digital audio recording in Kununurra The smiling team with a great collection of language teaching resources  

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