Gumbaynggirr kids will have a chance to explore their roots with the new language class.
Gumbaynggirr kids will have a chance to explore their roots with the new language class. Contributed

Bringing traditional language back to the coast

A COFFS Harbour local is on a mission to revitalise the Gumbayngirr language, the traditional tongue of the coast's Indigenous population.

Gumbaynggirr language teacher Clark Webb and the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience are launching a campaign today to raise $15,000.

Mr Webb, one of AIME's first employees, played a significant role in getting the program off the ground and expanded to Coffs. Now he's hoping to raise funds to bring Dr Stephen Greymorning to Australia, one of the experts in Indigenous languages around the world.

In 2015 Mr Webb met with Dr Greymorning who developed a program called the Accelerated Second Language Acquisition Method. It involves using pictures instead of written word, and sentences are developed orally.

"At our Gumbaynggirr immersion camps, teachers stay disciplined to speaking no English. This is important because the best way to learn a language is to be immersed in it," said Mr Webb.

"Dr Greymorning's method really gets learners understanding and speaking language quickly."



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