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INDG3005: Re-awakening Australian Languages

Australia holds an unenviable record for its loss of Indigenous languages and actively pursues a de facto policy of English monolingualism. This unit examines how Indigenous communities are resisting this trend and reviving so-called extinct languages through examining the roles of language policy and planning, community activism, language centres, education, technology and the linguistic processes involved. Lecture and tutorial content is supplemented by a fieldwork excursion (at additional cost) to a regional language centre and associated school programs.

Code INDG3005
Academic unit Education
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in Indigenous Studies

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. evidence a broad understanding of the theoretical and practical issues of language revival as they apply to Australian languages
  • LO2. demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the cultures and languages of Aboriginal Australia
  • LO3. conduct yourself sensitively and ethically in Aboriginal domains
  • LO4. pursue independent lines of inquiry based on relevant theory and data gained from fieldwork
  • LO5. effectively communicate knowledge and beliefs through high-level oral and written communication skills.

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