This unit of study is the second 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 unit will begin with a survey of policy and funding for language and culture work at state and national levels. It will distinguish the complementary contributions of individuals, community organisations, government departments and other agencies working locally; and advocate for team teaching approaches to increase use of local Aboriginal languages. Students will be introduced to the Master-Apprentice and Breath of Life programs developed by the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, and explore the applicability of these programs to NSW and similar contexts. Aspects of second language acquisition research to be covered in the unit include learner characteristics that influence degree of success in language acquisition. The unit will explore ways that teachers can develop units of work and resources which are embedded in local Aboriginal culture and expertise, enable learners to communicate in the target language, and are underpinned by a working knowledge of syllabus and syllabus support documents. Analysis of effective teaching resources for various languages will enable students to develop their own, including multimedia materials. The role of assessment in the learning and teaching cycle will be examined, as oral and written student work samples inform the ongoing development of teaching programs.
1x1hr lecture/week, 1x3hr tutorial/week in weeks 1-4 and weeks 10-13.
1x1800wd Teaching resources (30%), 1x2400wd Unit of work (40%), 1x1800wd Resource analysis (30%)
EDMT56XX Aboriginal Languages Curriculum 1