Lynnette Dent : Teacher Researcher Er Student PDF Print E-mail
Doris Paton, teacher in Ganai Language Community Program Bairnsdale, showing a griding groove
Doris Paton, teacher in Ganai Language Community Program Bairnsdale, showing a griding groove
"My Nana was an Irish woman married to an Aboriginal man. After grandfather died when my father was around eight years old, the welfare came snooping. So Nana packed up all their belongings and placed them in a covered wagon, and she and the seven children began a journey through winter from NSW. They travelled to the Five Mile at Orbost and lived there with Grandfather's family."

Tynnette Dent has a Bachelor of Education A from the Monash University Gippsland Campus.

Since 1988 she has been involved in tutoring/teaching in Aboriginal languages. She has been a student of both Bandjalung and Pitjantjatjara, for which she spent time in Alice Springs, learning with native speakers.

For the past three years Lynnette has been a teacher at the K.O.D.E. (Koorie Open Door Education) K-12 Campus Morwell.

Of her teaching, Lynnette says "The hardest thing I find is to teach a language that is classed as a dead language, with no surviving fluent speakers.

Also, it was an oral language and words and phrases were written down by white recorders with English backgrounds to sounds."

With her cousin Doris Paton, also a teacher, Lynnette is involved in a community language program, teaching language to 20 kinder age children (both Koorie and non-Koorie) at the Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative.

She also teaches secondary students and community members through the program, which is being developed to include cultural interpretation for workers in fields such as tourism and dancing.

Lynnette continues to research the Ganai language and to develop her own resources for teaching.

`My father and grandfather's country is the Manero High Plains area. We belong to the Ngarigu people who married into the Ganai clans.'