This unit of study is the third 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 by considering ways that various Aboriginal communities have used for strengthening their languages and cultures, such as the Language nests strategy developed for the revitalisation of Hawaiian and M?ori, and explore its applicability to NSW and similar contexts. Students will reflect on their achievements to date, using assessment tools that have been developed for adult learners of Aboriginal languages. Students will also reflect on their responsibility to language and culture revitalisation more broadly (beyond the school context), working alongside adult community members to rebuild their speech community. The unit will review various learning theories teachers draw on to develop language and culture programs for local contexts and particular learners. Students will begin to work with the Aboriginal Languages Stage 6 Content Endorsed Course Syllabus and develop skills for designing teaching programs for senior classes and advanced learners, which facilitate the ability to communicate effectively in the target language and explain forms of the language. Local Aboriginal culture and country will continue to underpin the development of programs. Summative assessment will be a focus of this unit of study, including the importance of explicit assessment criteria and communicating results effectively with learners and parents/carers.
1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week for 12 weeks
1x1800wd Critical reflection (30%), 1x1800wd Summative assessment task (30%), 1x2400wd Teaching program (40%)
EDMT5699 Aboriginal Languages Curriculum 2