indigi : The Indigenous Language Learning App
Our project aims to create platform that raises awareness and helps to promote and preserve the Aboriginal language. Through gamification we will create an indigenous language learning application known as “Indigi”, that allows for easy learning and understanding of various indigenous dialects.
Indigi features many functions aimed at creating an interactive and entertaining learning experience. The app allows the user to learn from over 90 indigenous languages, with features identifying the most commonly used and region spoken dialects based on geographical locations. The app supports users through their learning by utilizing common language learning techniques with categories based on basic words, phrases, plurals and other core topics such as animals and clothing. Each category is recorded to track their progress through each language. To further this, a trophy and reward system topped with ability to add and compete with friends, encourages the user to continue learning and developing their skills within a friendly competitive environment. Here we have an example of a basic question, displaying the animal and associated word. Once correctly selected, the app communicates the correct pronunciation. As the user progresses, the quiz questions increase in difficulty and require the user to recall previously learnt words and phrases.
There are various opportunities to promote user engagement both within the aboriginal and wider communities. Advertising with aboriginal owned and run businesses as well as community outreach programs such as Closing the Gap, will help raise awareness to aboriginal families looking to learn and preserve the indigenous dialects. Furthermore, the implementation within learning environments (like schools or alternative learning programs) should be considered. Through gamification, the app aims to engage the youth and provide an entertaining learning experience. Due to the interactive map feature, the app provides an opportunity within the tourism industry to educate users about the local dialects spoken for the respective travel destinations.
Our application can utilize community liaisons and experts within that language for further information on the datasets, this will help provide Jobs for elders and community members knowledgeable in their respective languages. By working with these indigenous communities we will ensure positive social impact.
The Primary data used for this project will be sourced through the State Library of Queensland. These data sets include a large variety of Indigenous dialects. Although some of these data sets are currently limited, we hope that by working with community liasons and experts of each particular dialect. We can ensure that each language has as much data as the next.
Evidence of Work
Indigenous and Overseas Born Profile - 2011 Census
Description of Use: This data set shows a clear discrepancy between the average unemployment and the indigenous unemployment of different areas. Our Indigenous language learning App will provide an open job market for Indigenous elders and community members with knowledge of their respective culture.
Collection items in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages
Description of Use: This is one of our primary data sets as it provides an extensive collection of books and journals on indigenous languages. This data set can guide us to a wealth of information specific to individual dialects.
Brisbane animal words
Description of Use: This data set will provide words related to Brisbane animals necessary for multiple dialects.
Butchulla word list
Description of Use: This data set will provide words necessary for this dialect.
Barunggam word list
Description of Use: Will provide words necessary for this dialect
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