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DRIL and RUIL internship scheme

DRIL and RUIL internship scheme

In 2014, the Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages (DRIL) training program and the Research Unit for Indigenous Language (RUIL) in the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne launched a student internship program. This scheme links up students in linguistics at the University of Melbourne with Indigenous participants who are studying linguistics modules through the DRIL training program.

In 2014, RUIL sponsored four interns in the first intake to this program. Each intern joined DRIL trainers in a community-based workshop in locations that agreed to participate in this scheme. The interns and participants got to know each other, and interns began to gain an understanding of the community context and the training needs. They then offered to provide some focused 'on-call' linguistic tutoring to DRIL participants throughout the year. The interns learn more about Indigenous languages and have the opportunity to gain experience in community-based training and to build an effective partnership with Indigenous language activists. DRIL and RUIL provide orientation workshops and mentor interns throughout the year.

 

2015

Peter Nyhuis is currently undertaking his honours year in Linguistics at The University of Melbourne, having completed a major in Anthropology and a Diploma in German.  Through the RUIL internship, Peter will be partnering with the Boandik group from Mount Gambier, by working closely with DRIL participant David Moon in Melbourne and attending a DRIL workshop in Mt Gambier with lead trainer Emma Murphy in October 2015.

"I am extremely grateful for being so warmly welcomed into the group, for witnessing a genuinely participatory and community-controlled approach to language development..." 
 
Peter Nyhuis

Chau Nguyen is currently studying the Master of Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne and holds a Bachelor degree in English Language Teaching from the Hue University in Vietnam.  Chau has extensive knowledge in teaching skills, and has worked as a translator, teacher, and lecturer in Vietnam.  Chau's position with the RUIL internship will allow her to work close with DRIL participants from the Yorta-Yorta community in Shepparton, partnering with DRIL trainee trainer Ebony Joachim.

"This was the first time I was able to observe linguistic training in the unique context of language revitalisation and it had proved to be a very wonderful and eye-opening experience." 

 

Prue Grant is currently undertaking her second year studies in Linguistics at The University of Melbourne, and has previous experience volunteering in a remote community in NSW.  The RUIL internship will connect Prue with a family Adnyamathanha group in Adelaide, attending a small workshop with lead DRIL trainer Margaret Florey in October 2015 and working closely with DRIL participant Salote Bovoro.

 

 

 

2014

Erin Barnes was undertaking Honours in Linguistics at the University of Melbourne when she undertook her DRIL/RUIL internship in June 2014 at the Kimberley Language Resource Centre in Halls Creek, Western Australia. Erin participated in a DRIL workshop at KLRC that was led by DRIL trainer Emma Murphy and KLRC Operations Manager Carolyn McAdam. You can read about Erin's experiences in our Winter 2014 Newsletter.

Erin Barnes
Chloe Dallas was in the second year of a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in linguistics and a minor in Indonesian at the University of Melbourne when she undertook her DRIL/RUILinternship in September 2014 in Port Hedland, Western Australia. She participated in a DRIL workshop at Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre that was led by DRIL trainers Margaret Florey and Emma Murphy.
 
"I understood the main role of the trainers to be as an open resource, as opposed to all-knowing educators." 
Chloe Dallas
Katerina Forrester was studying Honours in Linguistics at the University of Melbourne when she undertook her DRIL/RUILinternship in November 2014 in South Australia. Kat participated in two DRIL workshops that were led by DRIL trainer Margaret Florey in Adelaide (Adnyamathanha language) and Port Augusta (Dieri and Barngarla languages).
 
"Participating as an intern enabled me to see a side to linguistics that isn’t offered at a university."
 
Katerina Forrester

Karen Mezentsef was in the fourth year of her undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne when she undertook her DRIL/RUIL internship in December 2014 in Broome Western Australia. Karen was studying a double major in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, and Anthropology and Social Theory, whilst undertaking a concurrent diploma in French. She participated in a DRIL workshop at Mabu Yawuru Ngan-ga Language Centre led by DRIL trainers Margaret Florey and Emma Murphy.

"During the workshop, participants and trainers worked together to achieve results, with a fast-developing camaraderie that kept everyone focused whilst also enjoying themselves."
 - Read Karen's full RNLD/RUIL Internship Program Report.

Karen Mezentsef