Dhiirrala Gamilaraay! Teach Gamilaraay! Teachers Reference Book with audio CD

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Dhiirrala Gamilaraay! provides ideas for balanced, sequenced language units designed to assist in the acquisition of the Gamilaraay language by students from Kindergarten to Year 6 (also called stages 1, 2 and 3).

The content is based on the scope and sequence developed by the teachers of the Gamilaraay–Yuwaalaraay (or ‘GY’) network. The resource is designed to support teachers — especially those who may not have experience in language teaching. It contains detailed suggestions on how to teach the language content in each unit and outlines the sequence in which information should be introduced. Each unit includes a wide range of exercises to reinforce the content. In many cases the students will not begin learning Gamilaraay in Kindergarten, or they will work at a different rate, and so the material needs to be adapted to the local situation.

This publication is not a stand alone resource. Schools must develop their own language program and teachers must decide which sections of the resource are useful in their own class. As speaking and listening are basic features of language learning, the resources provided here will often be used after a speaking/ listening part of the lesson. This resource contains a large number of topics and a wide range of language. However, it is by no means exhaustive and is limited by the need to have a manageable, workable document which is a starting point for further development. Of course, there are many more topics and a much wider range of language that may be addressed. Each school or community will develop its own program from all available resources relevant to the needs of the students.

This is a primary language development resource and, as such, contains limited information about the country, history or traditions of Aboriginal people of the GY area. While much incidental cultural information is conveyed in the process of teaching Gamilaraay, a planned cultural program should also be taught. It is hoped that a parallel project will be undertaken to provide GY teachers and learners with GY reading material and with relevant cultural background material.

Ideally, the language will by taught by Gamilaraay people. Where others are invited to teach the language it is even more necessary to consult with the local Aboriginal community, perhaps via the Aboriginal staff in the school, or via a parents’ group, the local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group or other representative group. The Aboriginal Languages K–10 Syllabus (NSW Board of Studies) gives further information about this, and is a key document in planning a language program.

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ISBN 9780646458441
Subject Languages other than English (LOTE)