Working together to teach mathematics in Indigenous languages

Capacity 50

This is a collaborative workshop for educators who are interested in teaching mathematics in Indigenous languages. Participants will join in interactive activities and games designed to elicit mathematical language suitable for teaching and learning mathematics in the early years of school.

Cris Edmonds-Wathen is a senior lecturer in Education at Charles Darwin University. She researches mathematics in different languages. She is interested in how Australian Indigenous languages can be used for school mathematics. Cris has worked as a primary school teacher in the Northern Territory in both urban and remote schools. Much of her work in Australia has focussed on Iwaidja and Mawng, two languages of Northwest Arnhem Land. At CDU, she has coordinated programs to provide teacher training to Indigenous assistant teachers in remote communities (The Remote Aboriginal Teacher Education Program and the Growing Our Own program).

James Bednall has worked in collaboration with First Nations communities across MidWest WA and East Arnhem Land NT on projects to document, revitalise, maintain and advocate for Indigenous languages for over a decade. He has worked extensively with Language Centres and community organisations, especially to provide linguistic support and training to language officers and community members. He is currently a lecturer in linguistics at Charles Darwin University.