Advancing the sustainability of Indigenous languages

Welcome to the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity

Our mission

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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Highlights

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 we held in May 2015 in Kununurra WA, Swan Hill VIC and Adelaide SA.

Kununurra was the site for RNLD’s very first DRIL workshop in 2010, and on 11-13 May 2015 DRIL Trainer Emma Murphy and Trainee trainer Jessica Solla returned to Kununurra for RNLD’s 100th DRIL workshop. During the first two days of the workshop, language workers at Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring worked together with the DRIL trainers to brainstorm, develop and practise a range of language-teaching activities using the Master-Apprentice method. The team planned their lessons around wordless books that they had made at the last DRIL workshop, developing their skills in how to effectively use language resources and lesson planning. On the last day of the workshop, language workers put their preparation to the test and delivered their lessons to a handful of eager students.

Language workers prepare activity for language class Jimmy playing non-verbal game with Ingrid Language teachers and learners playing game together. Language workers prepare activity for language class

 

Another very exciting workshop took place over the weekend of 9-10 May, when Dr Luise Hercus returned to Swan Hill under the auspices of the DRIL Linking Up program. Dr Hercus documented the Madhi Madhi language of Swan Hill in the 1960s and 1970s. For many community members, this workshop was the first opportunity to meet Luise and to draw on her extensive knowledge of the Wadi Wadi, Madhi Madhi and Wemba Wemba languages to strengthen their language reclamation work. DRIL Trainer Margaret Florey, DRIL Training Support Officer Kat Forrester, and Dr Stephen Morey from La Trobe University were all part of the training team. Luise and Stephen co-authored The Madhi Group of Languages together with Barry Blake and Edward Ryan (published in 2011). Amongst the many exciting outcomes from the workshop, participant Jason Kirby wrote and recorded the first new Wadi Wadi story created in possibly 135 years, while Brendan Kennedy and Vince Kirby strengthened their knowledge of Mathi Mathi and wrote and recorded several new songs.

Jason and Luise Ricky, Luise and Vince Stephen and Jason The team brainstorm ideas on the first day
Luise, Vince and Brendan Jason writes the first new Wadi Wadi story in 75 years Vince, Brendan and Luise Vince and Jason make an audio recording

 

On 22-23 May, Margaret and Kat travelled to Adelaide to run a weekend workshop with an Adnyamathanha family group that includes Leadership DRIL Professional Development participant Salote Bovoro with her mother Gillian, aunty Andrea and sisters. The participants began building a 10-week language learning curriculum program designed around some of the fantastic resources the group has made. During the workshop, a plan was also made to publish a series of Adnyamathanha storybooks.

Gillian planning an Adnyamathanha curriculum. Using an Adnyamathanha resource to plan a lesson Margaret, Andrea and Gillian discuss Adnyamathanha lessons Andrea and Gillian

 

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