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Oral Approach to Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) for continuation of a severely endangered Australian Aboriginal Language

Westwood, V. and Jackson-Barrett, E. (2013) Oral Approach to Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) for continuation of a severely endangered Australian Aboriginal Language. In: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2013, 24 - 27 June 2013, Victoria, BC, Canada

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Abstract

A broad issue of concern to many sectors including Indigenous identity is the rapid disappearance of their (usually oral) languages. This project focuses on the production of a computer-assisted language learning (CALL) tool for an Australian Aboriginal language which could be applied elsewhere. The research follows a design-based research (DBR) approach and the methodology based the researcher in the language community to work in partnership to design and develop a program. The first iteration used established CALL principles, accepted orthography, linguistic description and digital resources of a dictionary. The first evaluation and reflection led to deep questioning of the use of written language in language learning. Redesign led to a new process for participation and emphasis on spoken rather than written language. A critical understanding and the consequent design principles have significant implications for the revitalisation of Indigenous languages worldwide.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Conference Website: http://aace.org/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/21680
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