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Professional Development Workshop 4

From 23-28 November 2015, the Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages (DRIL) Training Program ran a Stage I DRIL Leadership Professional Development workshop with thirteen DRIL participants from New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria.

The group celebrate reaching the end of the 6-day PD_3  


This program aims to develop the professional capacity of Indigenous people engaged in language work and to build a professional network. The training strengthens the participants' knowledge of linguistics and their ability to use grammars and dictionaries in their language revitalisation work. It builds the capacity to become trainers and share skills with other people in families, communities and workplaces.


Over six days, the workshop trainers provided intensive training in linguistics and language learning and teaching methods. You can see the full program here.

Caroline writes a Dhanggati sentence on the board
Aaron and Amy work through Pitta Pitta resources_0


  • Caroline Bradshaw (Kempsey, NSW) — Dhanggati (E6)
  • Sharon Edgar Jones (Stroud, NSW) — Gathang (E67), Wonnarua (HRLM) (S63)
  • Terrie Lowe (Grafton, NSW) — Bundjalung (E12)
  • Aaron James (Brisbane, Qld) — Pitta Pitta (G6)
  • Sandra Delaney (Brisbane, Qld) — Jandai (E19)
  • Patricia Coleman (Gladstone Qld) — Byellee (Bayali) (E42)
  • Kelli Owen (Murray Bridge, SA) — Ngarrindjeri (S69)
  • David Moon (Melbourne, Vic) — Boandik (S13)
  • Edie Maher (Geraldton, WA) — Wajarri (A39)
  • Godfrey Simpson (Geraldton, WA) — Wajarri (A39), Badimaya (A14)
  • Anansa Birrell (Halls Creek, WA) — Jaru (K12), Alyawarr (C14)
  • Lorice Douglas (South Hedland, WA) — Ngarluma (W38)
  • Donald Thomas (South Hedland, WA) — Nyangumarta (A61)
Ebony helps Edie and Godfry edit audio files on Audacity_0
Donald and Lorice work with Margaret on transitive verbs

Training team

Margaret Florey, Emma Murphy, Katerina Forrester, Jessica Solla, Ebony Joachim

Sharon talks about 'light bulb moments' in her presentation on the final day
Terrie, Kelli and Lorice having while figuring out transitivity in their languages  

ILA logoAcknowledgement

This workshop is supported by a Professional Development grant from the Australian Governments' Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program (Department of Communication and the Arts).

Tricia and Emma work together to find words in old language records