For more than a decade, Jenny Homerang has taught Papua New Guinea's lingua franca, Tok Pisin, to diplomats, journalists, trade officials, NGO employees and countless others interested in Australia's closest Pacific neighbour.
In 2019, she will begin teaching the language via an innovative online program she co-developed at ANU, the first Australian institution to teach Tok Pisin. In learning the language, students can gain a deeper understanding of the rich cultures, histories and societies in Papua New Guinea.
Images: Australian South Sea Islander cane cutters on a sugar cane plantation in Queensland (flic.kr/p/f2r5uY) by State Library of Queensland, Australia (CC0); South Sea Islander labourers' quarters on a Queensland sugar plantation, 1907 (https://tinyurl.com/yaxjbfkw
) by State Library of Queensland, Australia (CC0); Picturesque New Guinea Plate XXXIII - Kerepunu Women at the Market Place of Kalo (https://tinyurl.com/y79f5dxq
) by John William Lindt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons (CC0).
Additional footage: Australian by Degree, Miriam Supuma, Papua New Guinea
(youtu.be/Znar95nBmP4) by Australian Global Alumni (CC BY 3.0); PAPUA NUEVA GUINEA: Ir por todo el mundo (Parte 1) (youtu.be/TGb4ljMUbXg) by Vida Misionera (CC BY 3.0)
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