Master Apprentice Language Learning Program

The Master Apprentice Language Learning Program is a nationally recognised training program owned by the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity Inc (RNLD). This program provides a foundation and practice in the Master Apprentice Language Learning Program (MALLP) and the goal is for learners to develop conversational proficiency in the language learning model so that a community of speakers of the target Indigenous language can be rebuilt or strengthened.


Learning Linguistics through ground based programs

The Certificate II in Master Apprentice Language Learning was held in Ceduna and open to all Indigenous Community members who associate with the Far West Coast Languages to come and learn the techniques from FWLC Staff.

Continued work using the MALLP to revive language will be used within Language Lessons and this can be done in the classroom or on country.

Lessons are being constructed and other means of teaching and learning the languages but anyone is welcome to come into the FWLC anytime to find out more.

To find out more, visit the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity.

Multimedia Project

In October 2015 the FWLC initiated filming cultural activities around the West Coast area, which will include West Coast languages, to create resources and tools for language revitalisation and restorations.

Funding was obtained from Ministry of Arts in 2014-15 to expand on earlier work of an existing educational resource book entitled “Wardu-gu Wirn” (Going for Wombat) Miller, Monaghan et al 2007. The paper based educational language resource has provided an excellent tool in raising awareness and understanding of the people of the Far West Coast of Eyre Peninsula people of South Australia, and the cultural traditions and practises of hunting and cooking this very unique animal under customary cooking techniques.

The FWLC felt that it was time to move from hard cover illustrated books into “real life” visual and audio recordings of hunting and gathering, to deliver a more consistency and cultural specific education through immersion in language revival and maintenance work.

Resources of this nature would ensure the learning continuity through “real life” visual awareness and education, and encourage cultural grounding within the lives of the children. Based on existing community ideas, FWLC has produced 5 visual/audio series being:

  • Hunting for Wombat – Wardu-gu Wirn – Wirangu Language;
  • Making Artefacts – Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara (Yalata/Oak Valley Languages);
  • Gathering Sleepy Lizards – Mirning Language;
  • Seafood Collecting – Mixed Languages; and
  • Bush Supermarket – Gugada Language

Working with FWLC, local Community members and filmmaker/photographer/illustrator Dave Laslett we have developed and completed 5 short documentary films of  activities practiced in and around the Ceduna area and incorporated local languages within the region.

If you wish to take a look at these short films please come and visit FWLC Staff. FWLC in consultation with Community and those involved to maybe air on NITV or ABC but proper consultation will be taken prior to airing.

To find out more, contact the FWLC on (08) 8625 3785 or email click here.

 Far West Lutheran Archive Project

In June 2015 the FWLC, in partnership with the Mobile Language Team at The University of Adelaide, the Lutheran Archives and the Koonibba Aboriginal Community Council, began the repatriation and handing over of images held in the Lutheran Archives of Koonibba Mission.

The project aims to return images and history of Koonibba Mission to the Ceduna area to help the local Aboriginal community in remembering both the history of the land and the people who lived and worked at Koonibba.

It’s hoped into the future these images, photos and videos will be used to develop and grow community bonds in and around Koonibba as well as facilitate shared memory and language recollection and recording amongst the partners and community.

To find out more about the Koonibba Mission photos contact the FWLC on (08) 8625 3785 or email click here.

Language Learning Program Project

group_shot_800_533In April of 2015 the FWLC began working with the Mobile Language Team at The University of Adelaide to develop three Language Learning Programs to create a language resource for the three predominant languages of the West Coast – Wirangu, Gugada/Kokatha and Mirning.

The programs were developed using historical and contemporary language resources created and collected over the years and provide a central point of access for words from the three languages.

The Language Learning Programs are presently only accessible at the Far West Languages Centre which is situated inside the Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Centre and can be viewed and accessed at the centre. For more information, or to find out more about the Language Learning Program’s contact the FWLC on (08) 8625 3785 or email click here.


Wombat Hunting Storybook “Wardu gu Wirn”

One of the great success stories of the Far West Languages Centre has been the creation of additional language resources based on the wombat hunting storybook “Wardu gu Wirn” (CD, theme kits for use with children). The text of this book, the first publication in Wirangu to tell a key cultural story, has had real impacts in inspiring local people, adults and children, in speaking the Wirangu Language and in raising the profile of the language across the region and indeed the nation.

To purchase this book along with the CD please refer to Ceduna Aboriginal Arts and Culture Centre

To find out more about the “Wardu gu Wirn” language resources contact the FWLC on (08) 8625 3785 or email click here.

Boomerang Project

boomrang-projectDuring an Elders and Youth Camp held at Coodlie Park Farm Retreat it was an initiative of some Elders to conduct this project.

So as part of a partnership between the FWLC, Ceduna Youth Hub, Ceduna Aboriginal Arts and Culture Centre and a range of Ceduna Elders and locals from the region the FWLC facilitated a Language and Art project at Coodlie Park Farm Retreat, just outside Ceduna.

Through painting a series of Boomerangs with native animals and naming them in the local languages, the FWLC assisted the local Indigenous Community to help name and identify huts and buildings out at Coodlie Park.

Using FWLC language resources and the help of various elders from the Ceduna area the FWLC provided language which where painted onto  the Boomerangs. Now a permanent addition to Coodlie Park the Boomerangs helped engage young community members in taking pride in their local landscape and also helped developed the contemporary linguistic landscape and identity of the region.

The FWLC and Far West Coast people would like to thank Hassie & Jo (Managers) at Coodlie Park Farm Retreat for enabling the local language to be displayed.

To find out more about the different art language and naming projects the FWLC is involved in, contact the FWLC on (08) 8625 3785 or email click here.


The FWLC assists in revitalisation and restoration of the local endangered languages in the Ceduna and surrounding areas.. The aim is to encourage engagement and increase understanding of West Coast Languages.

About FWLC

The FWLC is a language centre established by the Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation with the intention to revive and restore endangered languages within the regiona and to provide language resources and services for the Wirangu, Mirning and Gugada languages.

To find out more about the FWLC drop into the Far West Languages Centre situated inside the Ceduna Arts Centre at 2 Eyre Highway or call us on (08) 8625 3785.