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DRIL modules

The 41 modules listed below are all currently available as part of the Flexible DRIL program.

Developing a language project

Kuuku Ya'u in Lockhart RiverThe modules in this topic cover all stages of planning and developing a language project, from choosing the topic and goals of the project, to considering ethical and cultural issues and setting up protocols, writing a grant application for funding, finding existing information and resources about the language, and developing partnerships and networks.

D01 Identify language needs in my community or workplace
D02 Plan a language project
D03 Form a language team
D04 Link up and form partnerships in language work
D05 Prepare a grant application
D06 Evaluate and report on your project

Using technologies

Grahame QuinlanThe modules in this topic focus on recording your language with digital audio and video equipment. The exercises assist in choosing the right recording equipment and accessories for your project and budget, practical and cultural issues in audio and video recording, and methods to make sure your recordings remain safe and secure and can be easily accessed. Learners who are not yet familiar with computers and the internet have the opportunity to build and use those skills.

R01 Operate a personal computer
R02 Search and access existing language resources
R03 Make good quality digital recordings
R04 Manage language resources
R05 Use digital literacy skills to access the internet
R06 Edit sound recordings
R07 Digitise sound recordings


Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program

The modules in this topic focus on the skills included in developing and running a Master-Apprentice team in your home, community or workplace. You will gain an understanding of the Master-Apprentice principles and of immersion language learning methods. The practical exercises build knowledge of a range of methods that are used to leave English behind, and develop communicative ability in the target language. These 6 modules are all part of the Certificate II in Master-Apprentice Language Learning Method.

M01 Develop an understanding of the Master-Apprentice Language Learning framework
M02 Learn to use immersion language learning methods
M03 Form a Master-Apprentice Language Learning team
M04 Assist in preparing Master-Apprentice Language Learning session
M05 Create Master-Apprentice resources
M06 Practicum in Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program

Models for language revitalisation

John Waterton teaching BidjaraThe modules in this topic introduce you to different models for language reclamation, revival and maintenance. The practical exercises assist in planning appropriate strategies for your language situation.

S01 Develop a community language program
S02 Develop a language reclamation program
S03 Develop a Master-Apprentice program
S04 Develop a language nest

Creating language resources

The modules in this topic cover the skills needed to produce language resources ranging from print to audio, video and animations. The dictionary module helps you choose the kind of dictionary you want to create, and the best software program for the project.

C01 Produce a resource kit for your language program
C02 Create a written resource
C03 Create a language resource with technology
C04 Create a dictionary with audio and visual files

Linguistics and language documentation

The modules in this topic introduce you to the core areas in linguistics and give you an understanding of the kind of work that linguists do. You will learn to form words and sentences in your language, and to build skills in speaking, reading and writing your language. More advanced topics will teach you how to document your language, transcribe your recordings, and build more complex sentences.

Estelle and Leonard MillerGavin Wangki PeelL01 Develop an understanding of Aboriginal languages
L02 Pronounce sounds in Aboriginal languages
L03 Develop skills in linguistics
L04 Build literacy skills in an Aboriginal language
L05 Form words in an Aboriginal language
L06 Construct simple sentences in an Aboriginal language
L07 Explore the field of language documentation
L08 Construct complex sentences in an Aboriginal language
L09 Document an Aboriginal language
L10 Transcribe language data

Public awareness

The module in this topic develops your ability to publicise Indigenous language issues in the wider world. Participants learn to use PowerPoint and make a brief presentation to  your community group or in your workplace. You can build your skills in public awareness strategies, through focusing on writing about your language, making a conference presentation, creating a media campaign, or developing a community signage project in your language.

P01 Raise awareness about Aboriginal languages

Sharing and applying skills

The modules in this topic focus on sharing your skills more widely in your community and workplace, and planning for work and further study.

T01 Share your skills
T02 Apply your skills
T03 Conduct basic oral communication in a language other than English (Australian Indigenous languages)