MLT News

GROUNDED IN TRUTH – WALKING TOGETHER WITH COURAGE

June 4, 2019

2019 Reconciliation Week was a great success for the Mobile Language Team with the team’s Senior Aboriginal Language Worker presenting to kids in classrooms the truth about our Aboriginal Languages, not only in the state of South Australia but also across this great nation.  Children at Netley Kindy were treated to a duo team singing […]

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ARABANA KIDS LEARN LANGUAGE ON-COUNTRY

May 8, 2019

The Mobile Language Team in partnership with the Arabana community recently held an On-Country Arabana language camp for kids, teens and adults. The camp, the first of its kind for the Arabana community, was a great success, with about 60 Arabana people, including 25 children and teens, able to attend, learn and speak language across three days and […]

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TRAINEE RUNS NUKUNU LANGUAGE IMMERSION WORKSHOP

January 30, 2019

Trainee Aboriginal language worker Anil Samy recently ran a Nukunu language workshop for his close family in Adelaide. His relative in Alice Springs was also able to join via video chat, demonstrating how technology can aid language revival activities. A highlight of the workshop was Anil teaching over 20 words and a number of sentences to the group using […]

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ARABANA LANGUAGE CLUB END OF YEAR CELEBRATION

January 15, 2019

The Arabana language club held a language party at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens to celebrate the end of a great year of learning and sharing Arabana. The members of the club organised fun language games and activities for the Arabana kids and teens who attended. Games included a memory game on the grass using A4 picture flashcards, finding matching words in […]

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MLT VISITS THE ABORIGINAL ELDERS VILLAGE TO EXPLORE LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES IN AGED CARE

January 6, 2019

During the last six weeks of 2018, members of the MLT have been visiting the Aboriginal Elders Village in Davoren Park. The Aboriginal Elders Village is a residential aged-care facility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elderly peoples which is committed to culturally safe care. Henrietta, the MLT’s Language and Wellbeing Project Officer, and Amanda […]

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FAREWELL AUNTY KAELENE, ADNYAMATHANHA LANGUAGE TEACHER RETIRES

September 11, 2018

2018 has come at a cost for the Adnyamathanha language, with Quorn-based Adnyamathanha language teacher Kaelene McMillan retiring from her position as a language teacher with the Department Education and Child Development (DECD). After teaching the Adnyamathanha language to countless amounts of children, and adults, over a 20+ year career, Kaelene has made the decision […]

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MLT IN THE GAMMON RANGES

August 8, 2018

Earlier this month MLT linguists Paul Monaghan and Bea Fagan ventured up to the Gammon Ranges to check in with Adnyamathanha Elder Terry Coulthard. We have been helping Uncle Terry with his decades-long effort to document his own knowledge of Adnyamathanha language and culture. Hopefully Uncle Terry will publish his work, with MLT assistance, in […]

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LAUNCH OF WAMPARLA APIRA BOOK

July 7, 2018

In July the Mobile Language Team were fortunate enough to attend the book launch of Wamparla Apira (Possums and Tall Trees) at the South Australian museum. Wamparla Apira is an original story written by Syd Strangways, an Arabana elder and speaker. The book is written in both Arabana and English, and tells the story of […]

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LANGUAGE TRAINING IN ADELAIDE

July 5, 2018

This month, the Mobile Language Team invited trainers from RNLD (the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity) to run a three-day training workshop in Adelaide. The workshop attracted a number of participants from across the state, who represented a number of languages including Yankunytjatjara, Arabana, Adnyamathanha, Dieri and Nukunu. The workshop focused on the ‘Master-Apprentice’ method […]

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