NAIDOC WEEK: Learning language through songs

During NAIDOC week the language of the Eora people was bought back to life in workshops aimed at children where they learned catchy tunes such as Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in an effort to revive the local language in a fun way to engage the children. The children were eager to learn the words and at the end of the day were keen to keep learning more.

The local Elder who lead the workshops stated that it is difficult to learn the language as the words are unlike English as they are made up of many soft sounds, she further states that unfortunately many languages in the area are no longer spoken however she states that there has recently been a revival as more Aboriginal people are becoming linguists to help keep language continue to survive and remain strong.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-06/naidoc-elders-revive-aboriginal-language-through-children’s-song/7572814

Heather Muldoon

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