Clarky's language program

Posted on February 11, 2017

Clark Webb was instrumental in getting AIME off the ground in the early days. In 2008, he was one of AIME's first employees. After spending a few years in Sydney, Clark helped AIME expand to Coffs Harbour where he's gone from strength to strength. He now runs his own business teaching the Gumbaynggirr language and developing the potential of Coffs Harbour kids.

In 2015, Clark met with Dr Stephen Greymorning, who developed a program called the Accelerated Second Language Acquisition Method.

This method of teaching language involves using pictures instead of the written word. Sentences are developed orally and the students hear the correct pronunciation first by the teacher and then by the students in the group.

Greymorning introduced Clark to 5 of the steps in the learning process, which the teachers were able to learn and pass on to the students in the language revitalisation program.

A large number of students have now learnt all the steps so Clark and his team are trying to raise $15,000 to bring Dr Greymorning back to continue learning.

At our Gumbaynggirr immersion camps, teachers stay disciplined to speaking no English. This is important because, as Greymorning highlighted to us, the best way to learn a language is to be immersed in it.

- Clark
Our language revitalisation also depends on producing competent and fluent speakers. Greymorning's method really gets learners understanding and speaking language quickly

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