Easy resources for community language revival

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After communities have recorded and collected language material, the next step is to turn those into resources that can support language teaching or learning in the community. This guide provides some ideas for language resources using New Media.

Digital Story

Digital storytelling brings the tradition of oral storytelling and new technologies together in a powerful, learning process. Through digital storytelling we can weave together video, photos, art, music, narration, print, and sound effects using simple multimedia publishing tools to tell our stories.
There is a range of software and apps available for iPads, iPhones, Tablets or PCs that can be used to create digital stories. Hardware includes a good quality video camera, microphone, camera to create your content.

Evac - Tamara Gibson and Harold Brown.
This song is sung in both the traditional language of Hope Vale Guugu Yimidhirr and English by Tamara Gibson & Harold Bowen and recalls the forcible relocation of the Cape Bedford Mission during World War 2 to Woorabinda and their return.
It was a journey that Herbert McLean remembers well and to him it brings back many memories.


Often songs are the best record of language still used in communities; this may be traditional songs, hymns or contemporary songs that have been passed down through families. Another idea is to have young children sing ‘heads shoulders, knee and toes’ or ‘hokey pokey’ substituting in language words for body parts. A good quality video camera and/or microphone are the only requirements.

Our Culture Song - Dora Gibson

The song written and sung by Hopevale IKC Coordinator Dora Gibson was recorded during a Regional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Workshop in November 2014. Dora shows us how to preserve language and culture through song and music. Verses are in English with the chorus in Guugu Yimidhirr.

Virtual Books

There is a range of software/apps available to produce Virtual Books; a quick and easy idea is to turn an existing print book into a digital story book by scanning/photographing pages and add in language/narration by recording.

Flash Cards

As well as print flash cards; use software to create a digital flash card for learning language words.

Digital Dictionary

Using PowerPoint, PhotoStory or similar programs, create a simple picture dictionary to practise language. PowerPoint allows you to combine text, images and sounds to assist learning.

Community Dictionary

After collecting words and building up your language database through Miromaa, We Say, Lexique Pro, etc. print a basic community dictionary for community members to share and practise.

Electronic Body Chart

Create or find a body image template. Upload to PowerPoint or similar; record the parts of the body and embed these sounds onto the image to create an interactive learning tool.


Using a microphone, iPad, phone, etc. record community members using and sharing language – this may be songs, words, stories, etc. Compile wordlists for learning in the community.

Traditional Knowledge

Record or film Elders and community members sharing traditional knowledge about Caring for Country, plant use, seasonal calendars, family history, significant sites, etc. Create a digital story or short film to share with others.


Explore animation techniques, e.g. stop-start, clay animation, etc. to create language stories from your community. Animation Apps are also available for iPhone, iPads, Tablets, etc.

Guumba Hunters - Dora Gibson

This song takes us on a traditional hunt with the Guumba Hunters and is sung in both Guugu Yimidhirr and English by Dora Gibson the IKC Coordinator in Hopevale. Dora’s song complements the fortnightly Aboriginal Language Programs that are run in the IKC.

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