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Please Note: Workshop Spaces are limited. This will be on a first in, first served basis.

leaf-iconOptional Extra 1: iBooks Author

This is a full two day workshop where you can create and publish amazing books for iPad and Mac

Agenda to be announced

WHERE: Pullman Cairns International

WHEN: Monday 16th to Tuesday 17th October

COST = $75

SPACE = Limited to 25 People

Create and publish amazing books for iPad and Mac


iBooks Author

This two day workshop will offer delegates the chance to discover the exciting creative possibilities of Multi-Touch Books as language preservation tools.  Delegates will gain valuable iBooks Author skills to help them create all new interactive Books, or great digital versions of their existing work. Delegates will also discover the power of book templates that they can use to produce multiple digital Books quickly and easily to support learning in First Australian languages in First Australian communities.


Available for free on the Mac App Store, iBooks Author is an amazing app that allows anyone to create beautiful Multi-Touch Books for iPad and Mac. With galleries, video, audio, interactive diagrams, 3D objects and more, these Books bring content to life.


For the best experience, attendees should bring:


  1. A Mac running Mac OS Sierra, and with the iBooks Author and iBooks already installed.
  2. An iPad with recent version of iOS and iBooks already installed.


N.B. If this is not available to you, loan devices can be provided for the duration of the workshop. Please contact Puliima staff for further details

iBooks Author Free Download: requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later


leaf-iconOptional Extra 2: Intensive Training Workshops

Choosing this option means delegates will have the option to attend all workshops listed below over two days.

Agenda still to be announced

WHERE: Pullman Cairns International

WHEN: Monday 16th to Tuesday 17th October

COST = $75

SPACE = Limited to 50 People

How to create optimal recordings in your own language 

Research Unit for Indigenous Language at the University of Melbourne

This practical workshop discusses best practice techniques to make the most of the recording equipment that you have. Whether you are recording language speakers in the field or taking photographs of old printed records, we are open to discussing anything specific (if you let us know beforehand what you need to know!). We will cover recording methods using both audio and video recorders, and how to edit these recordings using free open-source software.


If possible, participants are asked to bring their own equipment to the workshop, in order to discuss in class, and if possible, advise us in advance of the kind of recording you want to learn about (so that we can direct the learning experience). We will also discuss best principals of data management: how best to name your files and organise them; what kind of information about your files you should be collecting, and will discuss some options available for archiving your collections.


This workshop is geared toward people with a beginner’s level of knowledge.

Creating language learning opportunities in our Indigenous languages

Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla

This workshop will engage participants in an immersive and language-rich environment that uses “funds of knowledge” to enhance Indigenous language learning. Microteaching examples will be demonstrated in Hawaiian to highlight different teaching methods and ways to evaluate our learners


*Due to unforeseen circumstances the "Creating community-driven oral language learning" workshop delivered by Virgninia Westwood, Patricia Warby and Diane Appleby has been cancelled. If anyone has questions regarding the above please contact the Puliima team on +61 2 4940 9100.

Tyama-ngan koong meerreeng watnanda malayeetoo (We know, body and country together, long time) – How to use this language resource

A collaboration between Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages and La Trobe University

Language revival pathways are woven of the many interacting components of community life – people and relationships, culture and identity, teaching and learning, old and new language practices, the role of linguistics, authority and protocols and more. Understanding the connectedness of all these elements gives us understanding of and guidance for the journeys of language revival.


In this workshop the trainers will explain their model of language revival and how it can be used to understand all that has come together in the directions of your language program up till now. This can assist you in taking control into the future. Each participant will receive a copy of their large double-sided poster, tyama-ngan koong merreeng watnanda malayeetoo, which can be used as a tool for holistic language planning that is based on all the connections of your language journey


This poster is an output of the Meeting Point/Typology project that Vicki Couzens, Christina Eira and Tonya Stebbins have been working on through the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, and sometimes La Trobe University, from 2009-2016. The project aimed to find ways to document the language-in-process that is language  revival, in its context, diversity and  fluidity. In this way, they hoped to better understand this unique type of language, and assist all language revival practitioners to work more effectively with their languages and in collaborative projects between linguists and communities.



Language games and activities for in the classroom

Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Cooperative

This workshop aims to provide participants with a  range of age specific games and activities suitable for teaching an Aboriginal language to add to language teaching toolkit of teachers. Participants will gain an understanding of how, when and why language games and other activities can be used in the classroom to good effect as well as acquiring new games and activities to have at their disposal in the classrooms.


The games and activities will be broken up into two sections - Games for littlies (pre-school and primary school age range); Games for older students (high school and adults age range).


Games and activities are passed on more easily through demonstration than explanation. Therefore this will be a very hands-on workshop. The games and activites can be applied to any language, but will be demonstrated using Gathang language of NSW. 


leaf-icon Optional Extra 3: CoEDL

Choosing this option means delegates will have the option to both workshops listed below over two days.

Agenda still to be announced

WHERE: Pullman Cairns International

WHEN: Monday 16th to Tuesday 17th October

COST = $75

SPACE = Limited to 25 People

First steps in data management: How to inventory, assess, and safeguard un-archived language materials

ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (ANU)

Have you been storing a few boxes of cassette tapes, notebooks, language learning materials, video tapes, or CD's and you don’t really know where to start in getting it all organised?


This will be a practical, hands-on workshop designed to develop skills for organising language materials that have yet to be inventoried or archived. We will discuss short-term and long-term safeguarding of your material. This safeguarding involves keeping your materials safe from damage due to water, heat, magnetic interference, etc, and creating an inventory to track your materials and allow ongoing management until you are ready to archive with an institution or create a more local repository.


We will provide a basic spreadsheet template for participants to use in order to note important information about the items. This information about your data, called metadata, will be structured yet simple enough that it can be used towards a variety of goals such as: writing a proposal to get funding for digitising, creating language materials, archiving with AIATSIS, PARADISEC, LAAL, or your own local archive. We will also discuss tape- and file-naming conventions that will help keep your collection organised.


We would encourage you to bring in some tapes you might have to work with, but we will provide a sample kit of language materials designed to show the diversity of tape labeling, etc.

Using Powtoon: a free online tool for making animated videos

ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (ANU)

This workshop will introduce delegates to the use of Powtoon, a free online tool for making fun and engaging animated videos up to five minutes in length. Hilary (trainer) has been using this over the last year to support the revival of Gamilaraay, a language of north NSW, through a language programme based at the Winanga-Li Aboriginal Child and Family Centre in Gunnedah. The Powtoons were made at the online site www.Powtoon.com, and have then been converted to videos and uploaded to a YouTube site: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4HD2ulO6Kk8_cU40vr2uWQ Powtoons can also be downloaded and used offline.


In the workshop Hilary will share some lessons learned about making the most effective videos in the context we are working in. Workshop participants will be able to consider how they might use the tool in their own situations, using the program’s free styles and incorporating participants’ own music, photos or artwork, voices, etc. A list of royalty-free resources will also be provided. Using a step-by-step guide, participants will be able to plan and draft a Powtoon in the language they are working with.


Delegates need to register in advance here https://www.powtoon.com/account/signup/


Participants should bring:

  • Laptop
  • The sound editing program Audacity downloaded onto the laptops (free from http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/);
  • Photos or artwork (jpg files), and/ or music (MP3 files) - remembering that the Powtoons will be publicly available when they are completed using the free tool.

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840 Hunter Street
Newcastle West NSW 2302
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Newcastle NSW 2300
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