Tight budget, big dreams: Using university course credit in the creation of an online Kriol language course for English speakers

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Caroline Hendy


Kriol, Language teaching, Online teaching, Indigenous language


Kriol is an Australian contact language spoken in Australia’s north, and it is the first language of the community of Ngukurr in southern Arnhem Land. For the past two and a half years, I have been using university course credit to create an online language course teaching Kriol to English speakers at the behest of the Ngukurr Language Centre. This paper conveys the challenges that arise in undertaking a large-scale project of this sort as an undergraduate student. It also summarises the advantages and disadvantages of teaching a language online, and provides examples of the tools and techniques available for this purpose. It is hoped that this paper will encourage other undergraduate students and the staff who support them to engage in large-scale projects and pursue similar opportunities during their coursework

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