September 7, 2022

We have been busy running Language Worker Training! As part of an ILA grant, five participants from across the state (and one from WA) attended a two-week workshop at The University of Adelaide where they learnt some of the skills they need to work on their own languages. The days were filled with sessions on introductory linguistics, grant writing, recording, transcribing, presentations from other organisations working in the language space and zoom calls with language centres from around the country. By the end of the two weeks everyone had also created one or more brilliant language resources. These included a Kokatha dictionary website, a Kokatha word-a-day video series, a Peramangk picture book, Yankunytjatjara flashcards and a Ngarrindjeri business phrase book.

As part of the grant we are also excited to be offering two of the participants ongoing Traineeships to continue learning and working on their languages. We look forward to sharing some of the work they do down the track.

The feedback from the workshop was overwhelmingly positive and everyone seemed to have a lot of fun, including us. Thank you Tauondi College, Arts Law, AIATSIS and Wangka Maya and Ngukurr Language Centres for your presentations. And a huge thank you to Dev and Sonja from Indigimob for helping out – your technology tips and wisdom are unparalleled!

Elaine Kite (L) and Jessie Hughes (R) holding Yankunytjatjara Flashcards that she made