Victorian Aboriginal Language Awareness Workshops
At VACL we receive a lot of interest from non-Aboriginal people who want to learn Victorian Aboriginal languages. The situation is that the languages of Victoria are in 'revival mode'. This means that Traditional Owners still have a long way to go researching, developing and re-learning their languages, and understandably their own people come first in who gets to learn it. Possibilities are slowly starting for others who live here to learn some language. There are language programs being taught in some schools in Victoria and with permission and approval from Elders, VACL is developing a suite of digital resources to assist in learning language in the form of apps which are available to the general public.
So the short answer is, sorry but not yet. However, in response to these high volumes of enquiries VACL is establishing a program of regular language workshops and information sessions throughout the year, so if you have registered your interest, we will contact you with details of the dates and costs involved when available. Workshops are designed to aid interested non-Aboriginal individuals and groups in furthering their knowledge and understanding of Victorian Aboriginal languages and their use in a contemporary context.
Individuals: for registration of interest form please REGISTRATION_of_interest
To hear audio from a Language Awareness Workshop at the Fitzroy Library click here
To watch a video of The Revival of Victorian Aboriginal Languages, RUIL Public Lecture at Melbourne University scroll down to the bottom of this page