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Digital Language Resources for South West Victoria

Gunditjmara Digital Language Resources

Joel  SimonVACL is delighted to announce the launch of six new digital language resources for the Gunditjmara language groups in south west Victoria. The Laka Gunditj Language Program, together with VACL, have produced six interactive digital storybooks in three Gunditjmara languages featuring local stories, artists and narrative voices.  

Designed by Kiwa Digital for children of all ages, KIWA digital storybooks use iPad and iPhone to bring stories to life in a huge range of languages that combine the narrator's voice with touchable text synchronized to highlight and sound when words are swiped or touched. Digital storybooks are a great resource for kids of all ages to develop reading and comprehension skills and can be used as part of a lesson plan or reading strategy and to help children learn spelling and pronunciation.

The project involved the creation of content through a series of community-based workshops aimed at developing, capturing and recording the stories which were then developed into digital learning resources. The project was undertaken in collaboration with community, Traditional Owner Groups, local schools, Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and Kiwa Digital.

The books are presented in dual language, both English and a Gunditjmara Language, which are interchangeable allowing users to swap between languages. Users are also able to record their own narration and add this to the resource to be played back at any time. The six books are bow available on the App Store ready for any person or school to download. 

To download the apps, which are available for use on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, visit the VACL app store here

For teacher resources click here

To read about the launch click here

Available on the App Store

For more information please contact: 

Joel Wright, Laka Gunditj Language Worker, VACL This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Emma Hutchinson, Digital Language Project Officer, VACL This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Images: Laka Gunditj Language Worker Joel Wright going over the script with Warrnambool Primary School Grade 4 student Simon Young before recording narrative in Peek wurrung (above); Moyjil, the mouth of the Hopkins River is the setting for a story about friendship written by Grade 4 students from Warrnambool Primary School 'The Lone Little Seagull by the Hopkins River' which has been translated into Peek wurrung and recorded by students for the digital story book App (below).