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 three workshops that were held in October 2015 in Mt Gambier SA, Shepparton VIC and at the Puliima Indigenous Language and Technology Forum in Melbourne VIC.

Michelle leads a non-verbal activity Roko leads an immersion set in Yawuru Ebony leads a set in Yorta Yorta Participants practise a non-verbal game

On the 12th to 15th of October RNLD trainers attended the Puliima Conference held in Melbourne. RNLD held two Master-Apprentice workshops on the Monday and Tuesday delivered by Ebony Joachim (Yorta Yorta), Hiroko Shioji (Yawuru) and Michelle Warren (Dieri). Ebony, Hiroko and Michelle were participants of RNLD's Professional Develop group in November 2014 and July 2015. They did a great job giving people an understanding of the Master-Apprentice method. The workshops started off with some non-verbal communication games that everyone enjoyed, then went into an immersion activity of 'Sit down, Stand up'. The trainers also lead one activity each in their respective languages using the 'Four Stages of Learning', with  Michelle doing a making a cup of tea activity in Deiri, Hiroko doing a 'My name is...What's your name?' activity in Yawuru, and Ebony doing an activity with animal finger puppets and sequence cards in Yorta Yorta. 

David practises the locative suffix using self-narration Des uses language to describe pictures in magazines Penny practises locative suffixes outside The team practise kitchen words in Bunganditj
From 26-27 October, DRIL trainer Emma Murphy and RUIL intern Peter Nyhuis ran a two-day workshop with  a Bunganditj langauge group in Mt Gambier. On the first day, the group brainstormed how they might use Bunganditj terms for different rooms in a house, before taking a walk through the training space describing the different areas. Using the same language, the team then looked at home decorating magazines and made sentences based on the pictures. Finally, the group looked at words they could use for cutlery, which they practised putting into transitive sentences. On the second day of the workshop, the language team revised the words from the day before, learning about affixes that mark location and movement, as well as tense. The team practised language using these new forms through self-narration activities in and around the building. Hopefully there will be lots of language practise at home now, with all the useful new words and phrases!
Merle and Jamie use pictures to help in an immersion set Belinda and Julie practise an immersion set Corey describes his family using non-verbal communication The group record pronunciations of Yorta Yorta words

Over the same dates, DRIL trainers Margaret Florey and Katerina Forrester, with RUIL intern Chau Nguyen, spent two days in Shepparton working with the Yorta Yorta group from Yorta Yorta Nations and the Academy of Sport Health and Education (ASHE). Day one started with a non-verbal communication ice-breaker and continued with immersion language teaching using animal puppets. The group then extended the activities to include locative suffixes, and recorded themselves practising. On day two of the workshop, the group began by learning how to pronounce sounds in their language. They worked in women's and men's groups to create simple sentences and record them for practice sessions at home. Everyone enjoyed having young people join in the workshop!



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