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Thursday, 12 April 2012 11:57

Peetyawan Weeyn - A Community Guide for Language Programs

peetyawanweeynMAINThe guide fills a gap in planning and offers ways of tracking how all aspects of their projects are developing over years. Currently, projects tend to focus on specific areas without taking into consideration the range and time of what is actually involved. The guide outlines possible paths and aspects that should be considered when reviving a language as it is important to take time to regularly to consider where your program is up to in each of the five areas identified, and where it is going.

The five key areas for consideration are:

  • People & Planning
  • Resources & Analyses
  • Training & Support
  • Educational Materials & Opportunities
  • Community language Opportunities

Your program may be at different stages in different areas for example, you may already have a dictionary, but not many people who know the language. Also, you will keep coming back to some stages over time for example, more Elders may offer to record their language knowledge, or someone writing a speech may need to create new words.

The timeline offers suggestions for the general directions and time frame that might be expected for different stages in your program. You may have more ideas to add in to these suggestions as well. The timeline is intended as a tool to talk about the achievements and plans for your language program, and to get a clear picture of how to get where you want to go.

The full resource guide is available for purchase through the VACL Shop click here for more details

Peetyawan Weeyn Brochure small image Page 2

To download a free four page brochure pdfclick here 

PeetyawanWeeyn Timeline small for web

Click on the image above to download a pdf of the timeline


A new holistic language planning tool Tyama-ngan, koong meerreeng watnanda, malayeetoo (We know, body and country together, long time) comes in the form of a beautiful poster with core concepts expressed through the artwork of Vicki Couzens, and an associated workshop. It is the most recent output of the typology project and expands on the principles explored in Peetyawan weeyn, with more detail and breadth. The poster is available now for purchase through the VACL shop

Meeting Point project poster side A webready Meeting Point project poster side B webready