Language receives boost through grant

LANGUAGE LEARNING: Eidsvold State School students with linguist Vivienne Dunn earlier this year.
LANGUAGE LEARNING: Eidsvold State School students with linguist Vivienne Dunn earlier this year. Picasa

LANGUAGE has been given a huge boost at the Eidsvold State School with a grant from the Commonwealth Games Reconciliation in Queensland Schools project to enhance the school's revitalisation program.

Deputy Principal Preston Parter said students would benefit from the program.

"This grant has been used to employ a linguist, Vivienne Dunn, from Brisbane to work with staff, students and community around how the language program will progress into the future,” he said.

The school began delivering Wakka Wakka language within their Yumbin groups last year.

Now all students in Prep to Year 2 work with their teachers once a week in class using word groups from the language enrichment program for art, dance and music.

Secondary teacher Lachlan McKenzie now pursues this as a passion-based art.

"It's an honour to be able to work with a passionate team and see how excited the students become learning new words specific to the Eidsvold area,” he said.

Seven other staff within the school have signed up to do a short course in linguistics online to better help them understand the grammatical and phonetic structure of the Wakka Wakka language.

Topics:  commonwealth games reconciliation eidsvold state school linguist state government

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