A hands-on experience to develop topics and language relevant for learners in revitalising your language.
The aim of this workshop is to give participants an introduction to a phrase-based approach to language learning as well as providing hands on experience in developing topics and language content relevant to learners in their revitalisation context.
|Josephine Lardy is a Mangarrayi woman and long term Jilkminggan community member. Her mum and aunts, Betty Lardy, Sheila Conway and Jessie Roberts along with their husbands, were instrumental in the foundation of the community. Josephine is a trained early childhood educator and has worked as a classroom teacher at the Jilkminggan school. In the last 20 years she has played an important role in Mangarrayi teaching projects and resource creation with the work done by her aunties and elders. She is a fluent Kriol speaker and is currently employed as Regional Program Co-ordinator at the Indigenous Literacy Foundation for the Katherine and Perth Region. She is employed as a casual research assistant at Western Sydney University through the Priority Languages support scheme administered by First Languages Australia on behalf of the Federal government to coordinate continued documentation of Mangarrayi language.|
|Anna Godden is a Mangarrayi woman and long term Jilkminggan community member. Her aunt, Sheila Conway, was instrumental in the foundation of the community. Anna has been involved in language revitalisation projects at Jilkminggan over the last 30 years and has helped create Mangarrayi learning and teaching resources, particularly for the Jilkminggan school. Anna was part of the development team for the Warrma Mangarrayi app and was a member of the Community Language Team on the Mangarrayi Priority Support project administered by First Languages Australia on behalf of the Federal government to continue documentation and resource development of Mangarrayi language. She is currently employed as a casual research assistant at Western Sydney University|
|Wanirr is an Australian Indigenous visual artist specialising in contemporary Aboriginal artworks and landscapes. She has been a long term Jilkminggan community member, although now living outside the community. She has a keen interest in community and cultural development and language revitalisation. Since leaving school Wanirr has worked in a volunteer capacity on a number of initiatives to support young people at Jilkminggan, including alcohol awareness programs and organisation of social activities. Wanirr was a member of the Community Language Team on the Mangarrayi Priority Support project administered by First Languages Australia on behalf of the Federal government to continue documentation and resource development of Mangarrayi language. She is currently employed as a casual research assistant at Western Sydney University.|
|Gulwanyang Moran is a proud Birrbay and Dhanggati woman of the Gathang language group in NSW with connection to many language communities across NSW and QLD. Gulwanyang manages the state-wide Ninganah No More Early Education Aboriginal Languages program in NSW. Gulwanyang completed research as part of a Masters of Indigenous Languages Education testing the application of gamification principles to language learning in relation to acquisition and retention. Within this Gulwanyang also explored the role of cultural and digital multimodalities for relationality. Gulwanyang sits on the National Languages Policy Partnership group informing on national policy around Aboriginal languages. Gulwanyang has authored book chapters for University of Sydney on the concepts of power, place, and space in decolonising methodologies in research and applies these concepts as well as Birrbay and Dhanggati ways of knowing, being and doing in evaluation and language revitalisation spaces. Gulwanyang is big on Ngukalil which in Gathang means I give, you give and speaks to our ways of knowledge sharing, respect, and reciprocity in thought leadership environments. Gulwanyang often provokes a reflection of power through her story sharing and reflecting on power, operationalising principles of Indigenous data sovereignty and Indigenous data governance, she believes, is vital in evaluative thinking and approach that impact/benefit First Nations peoples.|
|Anjilkurri Rhonda Radley is Birrbay/Dhanggati woman from the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia and walks with her a saltwater, freshwater ancestors. Anjilkurri has recently finished her PhD in the field of language and education, MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development, Western Sydney University, holds a Bachelor of Teaching, Graduate Diploma in Adult Community Education (Australian Catholic University) and a Master in Indigenous Language Education (University of Sydney). She is an active Aboriginal community elder supporting the revival of culture through language and practices in her local communities.|
|Sarah Bock is an experienced educational designer and developer with a demonstrated history of collaborating closely with Aboriginal communities to support Australian Indigenous languages. She is skilled in instructional design, mobile application and web development and has been involved in a broad range of projects including the Rumbalpuy Dhäwu medical dictionary app for the Dhuwal, Dhuwala and Dhaŋu languages, the CommDoc app to culturally enhance interactions between NT health care workers and Aboriginal patients, Dhukarr ga Rom marŋgithinyaraw bala-räliyunmirr Yolŋuw ga Balandaw (Understanding Yolngu and Balanda education pathways and systems) with the Galiwinku community and Warrma Mangarrayi (Learn Mangarrayi) app with the Jilkminggan community.|
Mark Richards is a Research Support Program Fellow – Language Revitalisation at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University. He has over 30 years' experience as a language teacher in the primary, secondary and adult education sectors. Mark first collaborated with the Jilkminggan community in the Roper River area of the Northern Territory in 1994 to develop communicative language teaching resources for the Jilkminggan school. In his PhD research, he again collaborated with the Jilkminggan community to explore a phrase-based approach using archival audio recordings to support revitalisation of Mangarrayi, the traditional language of the community. In 2020, together with Professor Caroline Jones, he received funding from the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL) to work together with Jilkminggan and app developer eLearn Australia to develop a phrase-based digital learning resource to support independent adult learning of Mangarrayi (Warrma Mangarrayi ‘Listen to Mangarrayi’). Mark is currently working with several communities who are using the digital shell underlying Warrma Mangarrayi called ‘Listen N Talk’ to develop a phrase-based resource for their language. These include the Birrbay, Warrimay, Guringay communities on the mid-coast of NSW and the Lockhart river community on Cape York.