Immersion Language Teaching: Strategies, techniques and activities to teach your language without using English
This will be a hands-on workshop for anyone wanting to learn, share, and practise different ways of teaching your language using immersion techniques. Whether you are a fluent speaker or just starting to learn your language, and whether you are new to teaching or have years of experience, this will be an opportunity to learn, share and practise in a fun and supportive environment.
|Mandy Davis is a Birrbay woman from the Mid-North Coast of NSW. She has been heavily involved in the revitalisation of Gathang Language since 2008, including teaching Gathang Language in TAFE, schools and Community programs. Mandy is also a visual Artist and language has given her more depth and meaning to her Art through the layers of cultural knowledge held within Gathang. Mandy is a Language Work Trainer at Living Languages.|
|Desiree Johnson is a proud Ngalakan/Mudburra/Jingili woman whose mob are from South East Arnhem Land, Roper River area and the Katherine region in Northern Territory. Her language groups are Kriol, Marra and Mudburra. Desiree’s background is in Early Childhood/Primary School teaching, and she loves to incorporate Indigenous Languages and pedagogy into her classroom environment. Desiree is a Language Work Trainer at Living Languages.|
|Chris Morganson is a Warrungu and Nywaigi man from North Queensland, Townsville. He currently works in the Australian defence force. In his spare time for the past 2 years Chris has worked with Living Languages towards revitalising his language, and is working on language learning materials in between practising the language with his family. It is his dream that one day he can speak fluently and effortlessly with his daughter and family.|
|Uncle Micklo Jarrett is a member of the Baga-Baga clan of the Gumbaynggirr language group on the mid-north coast of NSW. He grew up surrounded by Elders who taught him Gumbaynggirr ways of knowing and thinking as taught by the Ancestors. As an adult he increased his knowledge with the assistance from Murrbay Aboriginial Language and Culture Cooperative of who he is now the Chairperson. Uncle Micklo has an early childhood teaching qualifications and holds a Masters Degree in Indigenous Languages Education by the University of Sydney. Uncle Micklo has got extensive teaching experience of over 25 years. With his ancestral knowledge and connection to Country, aptitude for storytelling , together with his understanding of modern education he is looking forward to sharing with you and his partner Ilka a unique bilingual experience bringing together story, song, yoga and deep relaxation as well as his language Gumbaynggirr.|