The Far West Languages Centre projects are all community driven. Community sit at the centre of all we do, whether its projects on-country, around town or around Australia, we aim to engage, consult and complete all our projects with, through and on behalf of our community.
Master Apprentice Language Learning Program
The Master Apprentice Language Learning Program is a nationally recognised training program owned by the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity Inc (RNLD). This program provides a foundation and practice in the Master Apprentice Language Learning Program (MALLP) and the goal is for learners to develop conversational proficiency in the language learning model so that a community of speakers of the target Indigenous language can be rebuilt or strengthened.
The Certificate II in Master Apprentice Language Learning was held in Ceduna and open to all Indigenous Community members who associate with the Far West Coast Languages to come and learn the techniques from FWLC Staff.
Continued work using the MALLP to revive language will be used within Language Lessons and this can be done in the classroom or on country.
Lessons are being constructed and other means of teaching and learning the languages but anyone is welcome to come into the FWLC anytime to find out more.
To find out more, visit the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity.
In October 2015 the FWLC initiated filming cultural activities around the West Coast area, which will include West Coast languages, to create resources and tools for language revitalisation and restorations.
Funding was obtained from Ministry of Arts in 2014-15 to expand on earlier work of an existing educational resource book entitled “Wardu-gu Wirn” (Going for Wombat) Miller, Monaghan et al 2007. The paper based educational language resource has provided an excellent tool in raising awareness and understanding of the people of the Far West Coast of Eyre Peninsula people of South Australia, and the cultural traditions and practises of hunting and cooking this very unique animal under customary cooking techniques.
The FWLC felt that it was time to move from hard cover illustrated books into “real life” visual and audio recordings of hunting and gathering, to deliver a more consistency and cultural specific education through immersion in language revival and maintenance work.
Resources of this nature would ensure the learning continuity through “real life” visual awareness and education, and encourage cultural grounding within the lives of the children. Based on existing community ideas, FWLC has produced 5 visual/audio series being:
- Hunting for Wombat – Wardu-gu Wirn – Wirangu Language;
- Making Artefacts – Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara (Yalata/Oak Valley Languages);
- Gathering Sleepy Lizards – Mirning Language;
- Seafood Collecting – Mixed Languages; and
- Bush Supermarket – Gugada Language
Working with FWLC, local Community members and filmmaker Dave Laslett we have developed and completed 5 short documentary films of activities practiced in and around the Ceduna area and incorporated local languages within the region.
If you wish to take a look at these short films please come and visit FWLC Staff. FWLC in consultation with Community and those involved to maybe air on NITV or ABC but proper consultation will be taken prior to airing.
To find out more, contact the FWLC on (08) 8625 3785 or email click here.
Far West Lutheran Archive Project
In June 2015 the FWLC, in partnership with the Mobile Language Team at The University of Adelaide, the Lutheran Archives and the Koonibba Aboriginal Community Council, began the repatriation and handing over of images held in the Lutheran Archives of Koonibba Mission.
The project aims to return images and history of Koonibba Mission to the Ceduna area to help the local Aboriginal community in remembering both the history of the land and the people who lived and worked at Koonibba.
It’s hoped into the future these images, photos and videos will be used to develop and grow community bonds in and around Koonibba as well as facilitate shared memory and language recollection and recording amongst the partners and community.
To find out more about the Koonibba Mission photos contact the FWLC on (08) 8625 3785 or email click here.