Dr Mark Richards

Brain Sciences - Speech and Language


Research Support Program Fellow - Language Revitalisation


  • Consult with Aboriginal communities, schools and other education providers.
  • Develop and evaluate research-based technology to support language learning, through frameworks involving semantic items (vocabulary and gesture across languages) and/or pre-assembled utterances (or 'chunks').
  • Ongoing support for Warrma Mangarrayi resource and documentation of Mangarrayi language in in underrepresented domains identified by the community.
  • Design, carry out and publish a program of evaluation studies in collaboration with Professor Caroline Jones and other CoEDL members
  • Investigate the use of Listen N Talk in supporting language learning in Indigenous language revitalisation and other non-Indigenous contexts,
  • Investigate the translation of Listen N Talk as a tool for intergenerational family and community collaboration to provide cognitive and social engagement for seniors.


Dr Mark Richards is a researcher within the Speech and Language program in MARCS. He has many years' experience as a language teacher (French, Latin and TESOL) in the primary, secondary and adult education sectors. His most recent role was Head of Languages at Meriden (2007-2015). His MPhil research focused on the development of a learners' grammar and language teaching resources for within a communicative framework in a remote Aboriginal community context, the Jilkminggan community in the Roper river region of the Northern Territory. In his PhD research, Mark again collaborated with the Jilkminggan community to investigate the use of archival audio recordings to support revitalisation of Mangarrayi, the traditional language of the community. In 2020 together with Professor Caroline Jones, he received funding from the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL) to work together with the Jilkminggan community and app developer eLearn Australia to develop a phrase-based digital learning resource to support independent adult learning of Mangarrayi (Warrma Mangarrayi ‘Listen to Mangarrayi’). In collaboration with eLearn Australia and researchers from the University of Queensland, the digital shell underlying Warrma Mangarrayi has been developed into a tool (Listen N Talk) to facilitate independent community development of a phrase-based learning resource for other revitalisation contexts. In collaboration with Professor Jones, Mark is currently exploring the translation of Listen and Talk to the aged care sector, as a means of promoting cognitive and social engagement for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) seniors.

Research Interests

Mark's research centres on language revitalisation and language learning. He is interested in the role of technology in scaffolding and supporting language learning. He is consulting as widely as possible with Aboriginal communities and other language learners to explore the use of the Listen N Talk digital shell to promote independent language learning in Indigenous language revitalisation contexts. He is interested in how this the Listen N Talk resource might be used in other non-Indigenous contexts, such as community language schools to promote language learning and the aged care sector to encourage cognitive and social engagement amongst culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) seniors.


  • PhD - Western Sydney University 2020
  • MPhil - University of Sydney 1996
  • Graduate Diploma in Education - Sydney Teachers College 1986
  • BA (Hons) - University of Sydney 1984




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