Master Apprentice Language Learning Program

The Master Apprentice Language Learning Program is a nationally recognised training program owned by the Living Languages (previously known as Resource Networks for Linguistic Diversity RNLD), and it is based on the book written by Leanne Hinton “Keeping your languages alive”. This program provides a foundation and practice in the MALLP and the goal is for learners to develop conversational proficiency in language learning model so that a community of speakers of the target Indigenous language can being rebuilting and/or strengthening their languages.

Over the years Far West Languages Centre has been working with RNLDs to establish a best practises structure that would be easy for those persons who have grown up using the English schooling system to easily grasp their native language quick and in a setting that is comfortable for them to learn it. Far West Languages Centre has been working very hard in trying to establish a great structure and this program has enabled on ground teaching and learning of the local languages.

Elder Veda Betts sharing the language using finger puppets

dril training Workshops

The DRIL training programs held in 2015/16 is designed for Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people who want to do their own language work to strengthen their languages. A program is specially designed for those interested and what projects wanting to be developed. Its a flexible, intensive workshop format which can be run in your community or workplace.

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Learning the linguistics of written language

Professional development workshops

Prior to commencing the Certificate II in MALLP in 2016, the FWLC engaged in building participants to build on increasing their professional capacity of engaging in language work; strengthen the participants knowledge of linguistics, language documentation, and revitalisation methods; develop the capacity participants to become trainers and share skills with others within their community; help to build a professional network amongst Indigenous language activists.

9 of the First National Cert II in MALLP Graduates

mallp graduate program

The First National Certificate II in Master Apprentice Language Learning Pilot Program was held in Ceduna in 2017, with 9 local Aboriginal people Graduating. Continued work using the MALLP to revive and restore languages will be used within Language lessons which is based around the Australian School Curriculum of teaching and learning.


If you wish to find out more about what Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD) have to offer in regards to language documentation and revitalising Indigneous Languages please visit their website: Living Languages