Aboriginal Language links in ‘Aussie Educator’

Anne: 25-07-2010

The ‘Aussie Educator’ web-site found at http://www.aussieeducator.org.au was initially established by education personnel from a need for those involved in education to find and share relevant information across states to address teaching needs. Data is continually checked and updated. The ‘Indigenous Education’ site provides access to extensive information and media about Indigenous languages and culture relevant to LING 466. As well as containing very interesting material, links may also provide students with information suitable for discussion topics and essays.

The ‘Indigenous’ site is accessed from the left-hand side listing, under the tabs for ‘Education’ then ‘Specific Education Areas’. On the First Page, files are organised under each state and territory. The Second Page provides access, under the ‘Research’ heading, to research papers and reports, such as ‘The Case for Change’ at http://www.acer.edu.au/documents/AER_47-TheCaseforChange.pdf (see ‘Culture and pedagogy’ p. 33 and ‘Language Development’ p. 38). Particularly relevant to LING 466 on this page is a variety of interesting language material files under the ‘Language’ heading. Topics include ‘Aboriginal English’, a paper by Diana Eades, also accessed at http://www.une.edu.au/langnet/definitions/aboriginal.html, and many other links to information about various Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and literacy. For example, there is a Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay dictionary, the Guwaabal site lists 12 stories in Yuwaalaraay or Gamilaraay (see Study Notes Topics 1.3 & 2) which you can read and listen to, and information about the Bundjalung language (see Ch.5 Walsh & Yallop) is found in the Muurrbay link. At the top of both the First and Second Pages is another link from ‘Indigenous Language’ to other relevant websites, including language maps.

A portal, no longer part of the Aussie Educator website, with detailed information about Indigenous people, tribes, and their languages and cultures can be found at http://www.ldb.org/oz-indi.htm. Under the ‘Culture’ tab, the ‘Australian Indigenous Language’ link provides information about language names and maps, dictionaries, grammar, maintenance and revival, Aboriginal English and many other individual languages. While in the ‘Culture’ section, for your enjoyment, read/listen to and watch Dreamtime stories in ‘Stories of the Dreaming’, and under the ‘Arts’ tab and ‘Songlines’ heading, see some beautiful indigenous paintings. Listen to segments of Yothu Yindi’s captivating traditional (and contemporary) songs as well, while you’re in the ‘Arts’ section.

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