Lessons in Mibinyah dialects

Lessons have been prepared for the dialects of Yugambeh-Bundjalung which use the term Mibiny for an Aboriginal man. There are PowerPoint presentations with audio and video, a ‘handout’ and homework exercises. They are all registered with Creative Commons, which means you cannot sell them on, but you may share them, adapt them and use them to run classes, or work through individually and contact me for help or further information.

Future preparations are considered in other languages I have prepared learning materials for. Contact me for further information or interest in preparations on other languages.

You may want further information from me before buying. A recommended price is $40 for purchasing access to the package and a link will be sent. My email contact is either msharpe3@une.edu.au or mcsharpe@bigpond.com

For school use, we have 10 lessons, which will be organized around the ten items pictured on the dictionary cover and shown here.

Picture 1

The aim is to learn to hear and use quite a good sample of the language or dialect, and to gradually increase what gets attached to the ten items pictured, working around the places as is useful. Each learner can make their own “memory board” to help remember what they are learning and attach it to the chosen “place” or “space”. You can use different shaped things which you can glue to a little cardboard or wooden board, and you can find by feeling them. Alternatively, attach each ‘place’ to your ten fingers, starting with the right thumb, and finishing with the left thumb.
No space is limited in size, but 10 1⁄2 hour to 1 hour lessons with attached homework will allow people (including schoolchildren) to be able to use some of the basic language material, and know how to learn more. In line with the elders who taught us dagays and waymehrigans about the language, learning can be extended to all who live in the area where variants of the language were spoken.
Like any traditional learning system, it will start with basic stuff and slowly build knowledge from there.

Even after the first two lessons, learners should know how to describe the sizes of common things, and comment a little on the weather. Depending on their ages, their homework and written work will be geared to their literacy level. They should learn how to ask: ‘What is the word in Mibinyah for X?’ Minyang nyari X mibinyahnu? Literally what is the name from Mibinyah (language belonging to Mibiny).

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