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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 DRIL workshops that were held in late October and early November 2014 in Borroloola and Ngukurr in the Northern Territory and Port Augusta in South Australia.

From October 29-31 DRIL trainer Emma Murphy and trainee trainer Jessica Solla ran a three-day workshop in Borroloola with Yanyuwa, Gudanji, Garrwa and Marra language groups. Working in and around the Waralangku Arts centre, the team discussed language maintenance strategies and practiced immersion language sessions through damper making. The team also practiced language immersion teaching focussing on cardinal directions and commands.

Group session at Borroloola Arts Immersion set with fire Immersion set using habitats Immersion set making damper

Margaret Florey and Katerina Forrester ran the second DRIL workshop with the Dieri Aboriginal Corporation in Port Augusta from November 3-5. Over three days, the fifteen participants strengthened their skills in Master-Apprentice methods and learned to used audio and video equipment. Working in groups, they recorded a series of immersion sets using photography and audio and video recorders. They edited their recordings with Audacity and iMovie to produce a wordless book on making a cup of tea, an audio lesson on greetings in Dieri, two videos of Master-Apprentice methods, a subtitled video on hunting kangaroo and several videos of interviews with elders.

TPR session
Alice Lander drinking tea
language hunting Jaima Warren filming elders
Robert editing his film Latoia Mercieca editing her film Jaima & Kirsten film Michelle teaching Kat working with Robert and Melissa

Emma Murphy and Jessica Solla were greeted by another diverse language team in Ngukurr. From November 4-6 speakers of Wägilak, Ritharrngu, Wubuy, Rembarrnga, Marra, and Ngandi continued to develop their skills in the Master-Apprentice method. On the bank of Yellow Water billabong, the team practiced non-verbal communication techniques, as well as hands-on immersion sessions focussing on the surrounding environment. At the Ngukurr School, everyone got involved in teaching and learning words for body parts, numbers, animals, habitats and pronouns in the different languages.

The Ngukurr Master-Apprentice team
Hilda Ngalmi leading immersion set
Cherry, David and Grant learning body parts TPR session at Yellow Water
Second day of the workshop at Ngukurr School David teaching numbers in Ritharrngu Drawings instructed without words Hilda teaching numbers in Wubuy

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