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ERIC Number: EJ1211697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Dec
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0155-0640
A Yol?u 'Bothways' Approach to English and Warramiri Literacy at Gäwa
van Gelderen, Ben; Guthadjaka, Kathy
Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, v41 n3 p252-279 Dec 2018
In the famous Djuranydjura story from North-East Arnhem Land, when the visiting 'Macassan' offers the Yol?u ancestral dog rice, shoes and blankets, he rejects them all, in favour of his own land and resources. At Gäwa homeland on Elcho Island, this powerful story is reinterpreted to include the arrival of balanda (white) teachers, and their focus on English literacy. However, it is not that English literacy is devalued, but that it must maintain its proper place; negotiated to sit alongside the foundational literacy of the land, and Warramiri language itself. An approach of applying such a 'Bothways' pedagogy through utilising the 'Accelerated Literacy' methodology for both languages and cultures is outlined to demonstrate that strengthened identity is attainable when the community moves together.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia