Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Victor Dominello, has announced $185,000 in funding has been allocated to the development of a new language app to support the revitalisation of five Aboriginal languages in NSW.
Using audio recordings,the app may containword matching and translation games that aredesigned to reinforce face-to-face learning and engage students in the classroom. The content of the app will be determined bythe five Aboriginal Language and Culture Nests Gumbaynggirr (Coffs Harbour), North West Wiradjuri (Dubbo), Bundjalung (Lismore), Paarkkintji/Barkindjii (Wilcannia) andYuwaalaraay/ Yuwaalayaay (Lightning Ridge).
According to Dominello, “the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards and the Department of Education and Communities will work with the five communities to develop the customised app during 2015″.
Once developed, the app will enable knowledge holders across the five nests which include Aboriginal community elders, language teachers and students to work collaboratively to learn and record traditional language”.
The app will be available for free through iOS and Android.
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