This video clip demonstrates the importance, and how simple it is to integrate and teach Indigenous students language within a classroom setting. Though using Guugu Yimidhirr within everyday language, this helps students to learn phrases and different aspects of their language. Students in this clip are learning language through the use of images, what the person in the image is doing, and through repetition of a sentence/phrase to describe the image. All learning throughout this section of schooling is done using Guugu Yimidhirr – including teacher directions, classroom management and students responses. This clip is an excellent tool for teachers and for others wishing to teach people about Indigenous languages and how to effectively and simply use these in a variety of settings. This clip shows students are interested and enjoy learning in Guugu Yimidhirr as their grandparents did and wish to carry on learning and using the language.
Eden Gunter, LING366, 2016