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Ngaawa-Garay language | Language, Centre, North, Indigenous, Koori, Courses, Gumbaynggirr, Queensland | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages and Culture
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The courses will be taught at the Koori Centre, by teaching teams made up of a teacher-linguist and Indigenous language teachers/researchers, and will have a maximum of fifteen students per language. These are intensive courses aiming to develop speaking skills in the languages, and will be quite demanding. On completing the course students will receive a Statement of Attainment issued by Muurrbay. The Gumbaynggirr
course will be based on the Certificate II in Gumbaynggirr Language and Culture Maintenance which is taught at Muurrbay and accredited by VETAB. The Gamilaraay course will be based on ‘Speaking Gamilaraay’ which is offered at University of Sydney ( and at the New England Institute of TAFE.

These courses are recognised in the Indigenous Languages Education programs offered by the Koori Centre, University of Sydney ( The Gumbaynggirr course will give students ‘recognised prior learning’ for three out of eight modules of the Certificate II Gumbaynggirr course.

Because of the need for teachers for these languages, preference  will be given to Indigenous people involved in teaching these languages on country, and then to other Indigenous people. If there is sufficient interest other courses may be planned later.

North QLD

North Queensland Regional Aboriginal Corporation Languages Centre, Cardwell, QLD Our newly created Organisation, formerly known as Girringun  Guwal Centre, is now called the North Queensland Regional Aboriginal Corporation Languages Centre (N.Q.R.A.C.L.C.). We still do
the same programs as before but under a different banner.

Projects recently achieved were the field visits to communities in West and North West Queensland. We also recently completed the 1st stages of holding Gudjal Language Lessons on country in Charters Towers with the Gudjal Traditional Owners.

Projects set for next year will be language lessons for Girramay, Ngadjan and Warrgamay, and a Language Awareness workshop for Mbarbarum. We
will also continue with assisting organisations or individuals in providing funding assistance to develop language resources.

These will include games, stories, books, dictionaries, wordlists and many other tools to help with language learning. We look forward to working with our new programs in 2007.