This unit of study is the first in a series of three that aims to develop in students a broad range of knowledge and skills for teaching Aboriginal languages in revitalisation contexts. The initial weeks of the unit emphasise protocols which facilitate positive collaboration with Aboriginal communities, for the benefit of their languages and cultures. Theories and principles of language ecologies and language revitalisation will be introduced (including the Australian Indigenous Languages Framework, and Fishman's steps for Reversing Language Shift) and ways these have been adopted by Indigenous languages internationally. The unit will explore case studies of approaches taken by Aboriginal communities in Australia to strengthening their languages, including the Formulaic Method developed for the revitalisation of Kaurna. The unit will introduce students to: the field of second language acquisition, teaching approaches which focus on interaction in the target language, and programs which reflect connections between language, culture, identity and country. Tools for creating image- and text-based classroom resources will be presented, and students will develop such resources for the languages they are working with. Students will become familiar with relevant NSW curriculum and curriculum support documents, and begin developing skills for lesson planning and monitoring learner progress.
1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week.
1x2400wd Lesson sequence (40%), 1x1800wd Lesson observation (30%), 1x1800wd Case Study (30%)
24 credit points of language learning