Junyirri: A framework for planning community language projects has been produced to
support community language planning toward a long-term vision. Input from language
centres around the country has been essential in ensuring that the framework is useful in
all language contexts.
Junyirri can be used to identify:
▪ community aspirations for language use,
▪ the available assets, and
▪ the types of programs that might be suitable for a particular situation.
The framework has been designed to help community members to:
1. Define their community’s language goals
2. List the assets the community has to help reach the goals
3. Choose a project based on the available assets
4. Make an assessment of the likely outcomes of the chosen project, and
5. Define where a project fits in relation to the community’s broader goals.
First Languages Australia is extremely grateful to all the language centres and workers who
contributed their knowledge and expertise to the document.
We hope that it will help you on your language journey.
Download Junyirri PDF.
2017 MILE Graduates
2018 is the tenth anniversary of the MILE program run by the University of Sydney This important program is designed for Indigenous educators who
wish to develop their knowledge and skills as teachers and specialise in teaching their language/s.
First Languages Australia would once again like to congratulate the University of Sydney for their ongoing commitment to Indigenous language teacher development in the provision of this program. We would particularly like to thank the program’s dedicated coordinating and teaching staff who continue to enliven the program and work tirelessly to advocate for and support the teachers who enrol, tailoring the course to meet their needs.
"The MILE course has taken me to a deeper level of understanding/appreciation of my language and equipped me with necessary skills to move forward with confidence. More importantly, I am able to share the knowledge I have learnt from completing the course with my Mob, so as a community we can all contribute and make positive gains to bring our language back to its rightful place of everyday use.
The course itself was both exciting and challenging! I feel a greater sense of direction coming to the end the course and realise that whilst my language journey will continue into the years ahead, I now have extra skills and knowledge to do so with confidence." Jajinyji, Nathan Schrieber. Yarrabah State School