Living First Language Platform returns

Posted on: 11 June 2020, 9:51pm

The past 2 weeks has seen the return of a program that had its beginnings over 20 years ago in the Barkly Region the “Living First Language Platform” under the expert skills and guidance of Mrs Nixon, the language workers at Papulu Apparr-kari and The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation (ALNF).

But has been in the planning and development stages for many, many years to have it return to PAK.
Rosemary Plummer and others have been working on this program for several years with us and is pleased to have the other language speakers join her to improve the use of the program.
Tanya Jones said “that she is so excited to be working with the Warumungu speakers on this program, with her staff”.
The workshops were delayed by the Language Center rebuild, the coronavirus and other issues, but with modern linkups we are able now to forge ahead.
The Morrison sisters, Sandra and Annie, were excited to see the way we have arranged for young and old to work at the same time on the program and the sharing of language knowledge is growing strong on their language.
The Living First Language Platform addresses the urgent need to revitalise, preserve and teach Indigenous Languages through the development of community-driven, interactive and dynamic digital literacy apps for not only First Language speakers, but also the many communities that support them.
Users can interact with the platform to contribute, organise, experience, teach, and learn in their Mother Tongue, and the platform serves to empower communities to be their own change-makers, teachers, and language experts.
“The words of Mrs Nixon come to mind of the importance to learn and listen to your mothers to learn your language and cultural stories.”
We at PAK are so thrilled to have this program return to its roots and know the pleasure and happiness that would be expressed if Mrs Nixon, Mrs Fitz, Mrs Nelson and others would have expressed at this great news.
The ground-breaking platform includes key features that enhance literacy outcomes, including the ability to:
• Reveal the code of traditional languages by understanding their unique pronunciation and phonogram patterns.
• Provide translations from First Language to English and vice versa.
• Experience words as whole words, syllables, sounds and phonograms.
• See how particular sounds are formed in the mouth.
• Use unique mobile applications to rapidly collect assets.
• Use the tool to explore words and sentences.
• Record and experience stories and culture.

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