The introduction of a Certificate I in Fundamental Aboriginal Languages for Personal Use course in August has been one of many highlights at the TAFE NSW Grenfell Connected Learning Centre (CLC) this year.
By studying the course for 30 weeks, students develop the knowledge and practical skills to participate in fundamental spoken exchanges and written text in targeted Aboriginal Languages.
In Grenfell Aunty Iris Reid is teaching students the Wiradjuri language.
Course participants Julie Ferguson, Tammy Archer, Terry and Deidre Carroll, are not only enjoying learning the Wiradjuri language, but ensuring the language is not lost on future generations.
"I decided to learn the Wiradjuri language to teach my grandchildren and family, and to help educate the local community," student Julie Ferguson said.
Local Terry Carroll said he wanted to learn the language of the people of this area.
"I'm Aboriginal but Aniwan people from the Kamilaroi tribe," Terry said.
"I live in Grenfell which is Wiradjuri language, so I thought it would be appropriate to try and learn the local language."
Deidre's motivating for studying Wiradjuri is in support of her husband.
"I decided to learn the Wiradjuri language to support my husband (Terry)," she said.
"All our children and grandchildren identify as Aboriginal and they are so happy that we are doing it.
"Often our grandchildren do Acknowledgement to Country in their respective schools and we just thought it would be a great opportunity to learn the language to be role models for them.
"I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge of learning a new language - Aunty Iris is absolutely wonderful and helps and supports us all the way."
There are a range of Semester One 2020 courses available for enrolment now.
In the meantime the next course at TAFE NSW Grenfell will be a Statement of Attainment in First Aid on November 29.
Student Deidre is encouraging fellow locals to make the most of the TAFE facility in the town.
"The new Connected Learning Centre is just out of this world," Deidre said.
"It's a magnificent facility and I encourage the community to explore the courses and study options that are available right here in Grenfell."
For anyone who has ever considered studying at TAFE NSW Grenfell, now is the ideal time.
For information on what classes and courses are on offer or to enroll and find out more information about TAFE visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.
The summer break for TAFE students will commence from December 8, 2019 with semester one 2020 beginning on February 3.