DEC Scan Journal : February 2013
Volume 32, February 2013 41 Contents Editorial Currents Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews Students learn Wiradjuri through bingo Students learn Wiradjuri through games that support language learning Background Donna and a professional film crew visited three NSW Departmental schools to film various teaching strategies that are effective in a language learning classroom to create a resource for teaching Aboriginal languages. This resource provides teachers with videos illustrating the pedagogy of language teaching in Aboriginal language classrooms. It provides practical demonstrations of successful language teaching techniques in the K–6 classroom. Three NSW primary schools participated in this project — Dubbo West Public School, Glebe Public School and Green Hill Public School. Filming at Dubbo West Public School Dubbo West Public School teacher, Diane McNaboe is featured in this video resource teaching Wiradjuri. She made it her mission to learn her language (Wiradjuri) language because her family were not allowed to speak their language. I made it a mission of mine ... to go and get my language back that was stolen from me and give it back to other children or other adults that had it stolen from them as well. Really good, really good and it’s good that we’re able to share with Aboriginal, non-Aboriginal people and that we can work together. Non-Aboriginal people used to be so frightened of Aboriginal people when they dropped into their language or dropped into their songs. Diane McNaboe Diane McNaboe teaching Wiradjuri The images from the video show students learning Wiradjuri through: • songs • greetings • sounds • games that support language learning • interacting with technology. strategies for engaging learners Teaching Aboriginal languages: Donna McLaren, Development Officer, Aboriginal Languages and Perspectives, NSW Department of Education and Communities, worked with staff, students and community at three schools to develop resources to support teachers of Aboriginal languages in NSW schools.