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RESULTS: 72 ITEMS FOR CATEGORY Education & teaching

Aboriginal English [aus-x-aeq] see all Aboriginal English
Source: Australian Council of TESOL Associations
Various resources and research aimed at improving educational outcomes through focus on the interface between Aboriginal English and ESL (English as a Second Language).
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Source: The Victorian Aboriginal Education Association (VAEAI)
The protocols outline principles and procedures for the Victorian education sector to respect Koorie communities in setting up curricula and teaching, including languages, and with particular attention to respecting and understanding Koorie English.
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Source: Farzad Sharifian / Adriano Truscott / Patricia Konigsberg / Ian G Malcolm / Glenys Collard / WA Department of Education
Detailed report of a project exploring ways in which Aboriginal-English speaking students (mis)understand school-based literacy materials written in Standard Australian English. Includes many useful examples and resources. [PDF, 118 pages]
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Adnyamathanha [adt] see all Adnyamathanha
Source: SA Government
A listing of South Australian schools teaching Aboriginal languages, including Adnyamathanha, Antikirinya, Barngala, Dieri, Kaurna, Narungga, Nauo, Ngarrindjeri, Pitjantjatjara, Wirangu.
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Source: Australia Children’s Television Foundation
A digital resource, based around animation and interactive games, exploring the Adnyamathanha language, culture, stories and traditions. Note: access is on a commercial basis.
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Arrernte [aus-x-arq] see all Arrernte
Source: CDU
A 2 year course providing knowledge and skills for culturally informed language work, documentation, maintenance, recovery and revitalisation. Students also learn the basics of an Indigenous language (Yolngu or Arrernte), and understand how language is embedded within culture. The course prepares students for professional practice and further study in language and linguistics, and in Indigenous language planning and policy at local and national levels.
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Barngala [bjb] see all Barngala
Source: SA Government
A listing of South Australian schools teaching Aboriginal languages, including Adnyamathanha, Antikirinya, Barngala, Dieri, Kaurna, Narungga, Nauo, Ngarrindjeri, Pitjantjatjara, Wirangu.
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Source: Ghil’ad Zuckermann/Rob Amery
An archived on-line course on language endangerment, with some focus on Australian languages including Kaurna and Barngala. Anyone can access the course and its materials.
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Burarra [bvr] see all Burarra
Source: Marion Waiguma / Margaret Carew
A short film in which Marion Waiguma and Margaret Carew talk about their work in Burarra language from Maningrida, Arnhem Land.
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Dhurga [dhu] see all Dhurga
Source: New South Wales Government
See Learning from each school’s experience for case studies from Broulee, Brewarrina, Forbes North, Hillston, Lightning Ridge, St Joseph’s, Bourke, Bowraville, Dubbo, Lower Darling, Menindee, Parkes and Vincentia; many include students and teachers speaking or singing in language. [Classified under Dhurga althoug hthis is just one of many language represented]
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Dieri [dif] see all Dieri
Source: SA Government
A listing of South Australian schools teaching Aboriginal languages, including Adnyamathanha, Antikirinya, Barngala, Dieri, Kaurna, Narungga, Nauo, Ngarrindjeri, Pitjantjatjara, Wirangu.
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Ganai/Kurnai [unn] see all Ganai/Kurnai
Source: Lynnette Solomon-Dent / Doris Paton / Hollie Johnson
A video about the revival of the Ganai (Kurnai) language of Gippsland, driven by three Ganai women who are teachers and academics. The video is also on Vimeo.
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Gooniyandi [gn] see all Gooniyandi
Source: CSIRO
Gooniyandi terms for seasons and various plants and animals in Gooniyandi country. Members of Muludja community from the Kimberley region in Western Australia worked with CSIRO to create a seasonal calendar.
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Gunwinygu [gup] see all Gunwinygu
Source: CSIRO
Kunwinjku people recognise and name 6 seasons. Traditional Owners from Kunbarlanja (Gunbalanya) in western Arnhem Land have documented Kunwinjku knowledge of the seasons and the environment in a calendar.
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Gupapuyngu [guf] see all Gupapuyngu
Source: Film Australia
A historical film by Film Australia, made in 1975, about the establishment of bilingual programs in NT schools. It shows a bilingual education program in Millingimbi, NT, with commentary by Beulah Lowe. Another segment shows Warlpiri literacy learning in Yuendemu, and Pintupi in Yayayi near Papunya.
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Guugu Yimithirr [kky] see all Guugu Yimithirr
Source: Cape York Partnership
Guugu Yimidhirr teacher, Lillian Bowen, teaches a class in Hope Vale. The introduction explains that not many people know that the word kangaroo is actually the Guugu Yimidhirr word gangarru.
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Karajarri [gbd] see all Karajarri
Source: SBS
Characters include Dianne Appleby, a linguist and speaker of the two languages of her parents - Karrajarri and Yawuru. Dianne regularly performs Welcome to Country ceremonies and was instrumental in establishing Yawuru language classes at the Cable Beach Primary School.
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Kaurna [zku] see all Kaurna
Source: SA Government
A listing of South Australian schools teaching Aboriginal languages, including Adnyamathanha, Antikirinya, Barngala, Dieri, Kaurna, Narungga, Nauo, Ngarrindjeri, Pitjantjatjara, Wirangu.
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Source: University of Adelaide
Courses in the Kaurna language taught at the University of Adelaide and Salisbury High School (teacher: Jack Kanya Buckskin). The site is also "the Internet home of Kaurna Warra, the language of the people of the Adelaide Plain", with information about the language, language projects and resources, place names, news and events.
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Source: Ghil’ad Zuckermann/Rob Amery
An archived on-line course on language endangerment, with some focus on Australian languages including Kaurna and Barngala. Anyone can access the course and its materials.
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Source: South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability
Curriculum for Reception to Year 10 students, focusing on language learning and language custodianship, history, and revival, with specific materials for Kaurna, Narungga, Ngarrindjeri, Pitjantjatjara, Wirangu and Yankunytjatjara.
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Source: Kaurna Warra Pityandi/University of Adelaide
Summer school at the University of Adelaide: Summer School, 14th-25th January 2013.
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Source: ABC
In this episode of the ABC’s Awaye!, Kaurna speaker Jack Buckskin and other linguists describe the teaching and revitalisation of Kaurna, the language of the Adeliade plains.
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Kriol and pidgins [rop] see all Kriol and pidgins
Source: Summer Institute of Linguistics/Staff of Bamyili School
Historical short film from 1981 about the English-Kriol bilingual program at Bamyili (Barunga).
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Larrakia [lrg] see all Larrakia
Source: CSIRO
Members of the Gulumoerrgin (Larrakia) language group, from the Darwin and surrounding region in the Northern Territory, worked with CSIRO to create a calendar using their seasonal knowledge, which divides the year into 7 seasons. See also Larrakia Calendar.
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Source: CSIRO
Intreactive calendar describing seasons with their prominent plants and animals. Includes teachers’ resources and downloadable posters and data sheets.
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Luritja/Pintupi [piu] see all Luritja/Pintupi
Source: Film Australia
A historical film by Film Australia, made in 1975, about the establishment of bilingual programs in NT schools. It shows a bilingual education program in Millingimbi, NT, with commentary by Beulah Lowe. Another segment shows Warlpiri literacy learning in Yuendemu, and Pintupi in Yayayi near Papunya.
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MalakMalak [mpb] see all MalakMalak
Source: CSIRO
MalakMalak traditional owners from the Daly River region in the Northern Territory worked with CSIRO to create a seasonal calendar of plant knowledge,describes food and medicine plants and the MalakMalak seasons when they are collected.
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Narrungga [nnr] see all Narrungga
Source: SA Government
A listing of South Australian schools teaching Aboriginal languages, including Adnyamathanha, Antikirinya, Barngala, Dieri, Kaurna, Narungga, Nauo, Ngarrindjeri, Pitjantjatjara, Wirangu.
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Source: South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability
Curriculum for Reception to Year 10 students, focusing on language learning and language custodianship, history, and revival, with specific materials for Kaurna, Narungga, Ngarrindjeri, Pitjantjatjara, Wirangu and Yankunytjatjara.
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Nauo [now] see all Nauo
Source: SA Government
A listing of South Australian schools teaching Aboriginal languages, including Adnyamathanha, Antikirinya, Barngala, Dieri, Kaurna, Narungga, Nauo, Ngarrindjeri, Pitjantjatjara, Wirangu.
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Ngaanyatjarra [ntj] see all Ngaanyatjarra
Source: ABC/Farz Edraki
Article, with audio podcast interview, about Elizabeth Marrkilyi Ellis (best known as Lizzie Ellis), a Ngaanyatjarra woman from the Tjukurla community in Western Australia, educator, interpreter and linguist with a passion for documenting Indigenous languages.
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Ngadju [nju] see all Ngadju
Source: CSIRO
A PDF book which describes the Ngadju calendar project and its outcomes. Extensive information about Ngadju ecological knowledge and their complex understanding of the seasonal cycles. Also contains a short Ngadju wordlist and names for plants and animals.
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Ngarrindjeri [nay] see all Ngarrindjeri
Source: SA Government
A listing of South Australian schools teaching Aboriginal languages, including Adnyamathanha, Antikirinya, Barngala, Dieri, Kaurna, Narungga, Nauo, Ngarrindjeri, Pitjantjatjara, Wirangu.
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Source: South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability
Curriculum for Reception to Year 10 students, focusing on language learning and language custodianship, history, and revival, with specific materials for Kaurna, Narungga, Ngarrindjeri, Pitjantjatjara, Wirangu and Yankunytjatjara.
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Ngunawal [xul] see all Ngunawal
Source: AIATSIS
Ngunawal is now being taught in a pilot program at Fraser Primary School, the result of a joint effort between Ngunawal community members and linguists from AIATSIS. The program has developed a writing system and sets of resources for teaching Ngunawal.
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Noongar [nys] see all Noongar
Source: Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School
The school hosts the "Noongar Language and Djidi Marlak Cultural Program" where all classes from K to 6 take Noongar language and cultural lessons. Language teachers have developed songs, games, books and teaching resources specific to the local area. Staff also take Noongar lessons and the language is integrated into other learning areas.
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Pitjantjatjara [pjt] see all Pitjantjatjara
Source: SA Government
A listing of South Australian schools teaching Aboriginal languages, including Adnyamathanha, Antikirinya, Barngala, Dieri, Kaurna, Narungga, Nauo, Ngarrindjeri, Pitjantjatjara, Wirangu.
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Source: Ngapartji Ngapartji
A result of the Pitjantjatjara art-language project Ngapartji Ngapartji that was run on Arrernte country in Mparntwe (Alice Springs).

See also site at http://ninti.ngapartji.org/, where you can register for free and take 20 simple language lessons.

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Source: South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability
Curriculum for Reception to Year 10 students, focusing on language learning and language custodianship, history, and revival, with specific materials for Kaurna, Narungga, Ngarrindjeri, Pitjantjatjara, Wirangu and Yankunytjatjara.
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Tiwi [tiw] see all Tiwi
Source: CSIRO
Traditional Owners from the Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin in the Northern Territory, worked with CSIRO to create a calendar of Tiwi seasonal ecological knowledge and a calendar of plants and animals. The Tiwi people have 3 main seasons and 13 minor seasons in their calendar.
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Wagiman [waq] see all Wagiman
Source: CSIRO
Members of the Wagiman language group from the Daly River in the Northern Territory worked with CSIRO to create a calendar of key Wagiman plants and animals.
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Walmajarri [wmt] see all Walmajarri
Source: CSIRO
The Walmajarri words from the riverside (Walmajarrijarti Wangki Martuwarra Kadaji) seasons calendar was compiled with members of the Walmajarri language group from the Fitzroy Valley in the Kimberley in Western Australia
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Warlpiri [wbp] see all Warlpiri
Source: Film Australia
A historical film by Film Australia, made in 1975, about the establishment of bilingual programs in NT schools. It shows a bilingual education program in Millingimbi, NT, with commentary by Beulah Lowe. Another segment shows Warlpiri literacy learning in Yuendemu, and Pintupi in Yayayi near Papunya.
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Warumungu [wrm] see all Warumungu
Source: Kathy Burns/RosemaryPlummer/Barkly Regional Arts
Pinarra Aku is a children’s language radio show, teaching Warumungu language. Several language learning episodes together with teaching guides.
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Wergaia [weg] see all Wergaia
Source: Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
A description of Aboriginal languages’ history and situation in Victoria. It also lists Victorian languages and their regions and contains a brief description of Wergaia.
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Wiradjuri [wrh] see all Wiradjuri
Source: Connie Ah See, NSW Ed Dept
The Wiradjuri Nation. Includes activities and materials for Wiradjuri to be used in the classroom.
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Source: Charles Sturt University
CSU’s Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage is designed for graduates of the Certificate III in Wiradjuri Language. The course is also offered to students currently enrolled at CSU and to people who work with the Wiradjuri community. See also course details.
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Source: Charles Sturt University
The course provides skills to teach and use the Wiradjuri language in educational and community settings and to work with the Wiradjuri community in culturally appropriate and sensitive ways. The course covers the language, culture, heritage and history of the Wiradjuri nation, and awareness of the difficulties caused by centuries of colonisation, dislocation and dispossession.
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Source: Adelaide Advertiser/Declan Rurenga
Article about Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) new Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage, with a list of the course’s first 17 graduates.
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Source: Declan Rurenga/Daily Advertiser
Wiradjuri gibirr (man) Mark Saddler was one of the first 15 people to graduate from the new http://www.csu.edu.au/courses/graduate-certificate-in-wiradjuri-language-culture-and-heritage">Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage course at Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) in December 2015.
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Wirangu [wiw] see all Wirangu
Source: SA Government
A listing of South Australian schools teaching Aboriginal languages, including Adnyamathanha, Antikirinya, Barngala, Dieri, Kaurna, Narungga, Nauo, Ngarrindjeri, Pitjantjatjara, Wirangu.
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Source: South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability
Curriculum for Reception to Year 10 students, focusing on language learning and language custodianship, history, and revival, with specific materials for Kaurna, Narungga, Ngarrindjeri, Pitjantjatjara, Wirangu and Yankunytjatjara.
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Woi wurrung [wyi] see all Woi wurrung
Source: VACL
Thornbury Primary School’s Woiwurrung Language Program teaches prep - grade 2 students and extends to include older classes through the Indigenous Studies program. With the support of key Elders of the Wurundjeri Council, lessons are conducted by Koorie Educator Phil Cooper, Wurundjeri woman Mandy Nicholson (VACL officer and Woiwurrung language specialist), and LOTE teacher Leeann Sartorel. Page includes link to Woi wurrung digital storybooks for iOS.
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Yankunytjatjara [kdd] see all Yankunytjatjara
Source: South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability
Curriculum for Reception to Year 10 students, focusing on language learning and language custodianship, history, and revival, with specific materials for Kaurna, Narungga, Ngarrindjeri, Pitjantjatjara, Wirangu and Yankunytjatjara.
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Yawuru [ywr] see all Yawuru
Source: SBS
Characters include Dianne Appleby, a linguist and speaker of the two languages of her parents - Karrajarri and Yawuru. Dianne regularly performs Welcome to Country ceremonies and was instrumental in establishing Yawuru language classes at the Cable Beach Primary School.
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Yolngu [aus-x-yoq] see all Yolngu
Source: CDU
A 2 year course providing knowledge and skills for culturally informed language work, documentation, maintenance, recovery and revitalisation. Students also learn the basics of an Indigenous language (Yolngu or Arrernte), and understand how language is embedded within culture. The course prepares students for professional practice and further study in language and linguistics, and in Indigenous language planning and policy at local and national levels.
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Source: Film Australia
A historical film by Film Australia, made in 1975, about the establishment of bilingual programs in NT schools. It shows a bilingual education program in Millingimbi, NT, with commentary by Beulah Lowe. Another segment shows Warlpiri literacy learning in Yuendemu, and Pintupi in Yayayi near Papunya.
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Source: ARDS Aboriginal Resource and Development Services
Online catalogue of publications for purchase for learning Yolngu languages and associated topics such as legal and health dictionaries, and many music titles.
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Many languages or language not specified
Source: John Hobson
A language education site with many teaching resources and links. It is focused on NSW languages but has many widely-applicable resources and links.
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Source: NSW Department of Education and Training / NSW AECG
Extensive list of annotated resources including for NSW languages.
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Source: NSW Government
Practical advice, resources and case studies for the teaching of Aboriginal languages in NSW schools. See also the many resources downloadable from this page.
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Source: NSW government
Teaching and syllabus information for and from NSW schools. Click on Learning from each school’s experience for case studies and information from Brewarrina, Broulee, Forbes North, Hillston Central, Lightning Ridge, St Joseph’s, Bourke, Bowraville, Nambucca Heads, Dubbo, Lower Darling, Menindee, Parkes and Vincentia schools, some with students and teachers speaking and singing.
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Source: New South Wales Government
Practical advice and resources for Aboriginal language and literacy teaching. See also QALT.
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Source: NSW Department of Education
A set of newsletters produced from 2005-2010, to share news, stories, pictures and opinions amongst Aboriginal teaching teams in NSW. Althouigh it is no longer produced, there are many interesting stories and of course interesting history of developments in the field.
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Source: School Curriculum and Standards Authority
Syllabus and assessment materials for Years 11 and 12 learning about Aboriginal languages, their linguistic structures, texts, community and cultural contexts, and protocol.
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Source: Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
A downloadable booklet Aboriginal Languages, cultures and reclamation in Victorian schools: standards P-10 and protocols. It describes standards, methods and protocols for teaching Aboriginal Languages.
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Source: NSW Board of Studies
Assistance for schools in setting up Aboriginal language programs under the NSW K-10 Syllabus.
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Source: NSW Board of Studies
A 2003 document providing advice on designing Aboriginal languages programs and their assessment. [MS Word, 57 pages]
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Source: NSW Department of Education and Training
Australian Government Quality Teacher Programme (AGQTP) project for schools starting Aboriginal language programs. Includes syllabus examples; downloadable teaching resources for NSW languages; audio on language protocols for consultation from Lynne Riley-Mundine, Hazel Rhodes and Clarrie Hoskins.
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Source: Batchelor Press
Batchelor Press is the publishing arm of Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. Batchelor Institute develops teaching and learning resources primarily for Indigenous students in remote communities, where most students have English as a second or third language. These resources are developed by community elders, students and teaching staff.
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Source: Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
The Centre for Australian Languages and Linguistics (CALL) is a community-focussed provider of Indigenous languages documentation, research, training, and publishing services.
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Source: ACARA (Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority)
The Framework provides flexible guidance for developing programs for any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language. It has three pathways: 1. First Language Learner; 2. Language Revival Learner; 3. Second Language Learner. It also provides principles and protocols for consulting with communities when developing and delivering languages learning programs in schools. This document contains full details for all 3 pathways. [PDF 131 pages]
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Source: ACARA (Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority)
The Framework provides flexible guidance for developing programs for any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language. It has three pathways: 1. First Language Learner; 2. Language Revival Learner; 3. Second Language Learner. It also provides principles and protocols for consulting with communities when developing and delivering languages learning programs in schools. [PDF, 2 pages]
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Source: Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies
May 2013 document from then-Minister for Education Peter Garrett announcing the first national approach to Indigenous language teaching.
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Source: NSW Board of Studies / NSW Government
A bibliography and weblinks for resources on Aboriginal language programs.
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Source: Wiltja Secondary College
A video by a Wiltja College year 12 student for his SACE Research Project, introducing the major facts about Indigenous languages.
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Source: Charles E. Grimes/Summer Institute of Linguistics (AuSIL)
The paper argues that the NT government and its education system continue to ignore solid research on best practice education in Indigenous communities. also includes an extensive bibliography on language and education in multilingual societies, many linked to online sources. [PDF]
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Source: ACER/Nola Purdie/Tracey Frigo/Clare Ozolins/Geoff Noblett/Nick Thieberger/Janet Sharp
A report on the national project to strengthen Indigenous languages programmes in schools, providing a detailed survey of the current situation in Indigenous languages education in Australian schools. The report is for language teachers and speakers, Aboriginal communities, schools, and policy makers.
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Source: Jane Simpson / The Conversation
Jane considers parallels between forced assimilation and the imposition of English in the context of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People. She argues for ‘best practice’ in schools, where the home language is used as the medium of instruction in the classroom at the start, and later children transition in a systematic way to add English. Ultimately, there must be much more Indigenous language - and well-trained language-speaker teachers - throughout schools with Indigenous students.
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Source: Greg Dickson/Crikey
This article takes an alternative view on the so-called "literacy gap" amongst Indigenous people, and argues for greater recognition and rights to literacy in people"s own Indigeous languages, not (only) English.
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Source: House of Representatives/Australian Parliament
A 2011 enquiry into benefits of giving attention and recognition to Indigenous languages, benefits of including Indigenous languages in early education, methods to improve outcomes etc. The final report of September 2012, submissions and proceedings are online.
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Source: Charles Darwin University / Batchelor Institute / NT Government / ANU
LAAL (Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages) is a digital archive of endangered literature in Australian languages from the Northern Territory. Much of the literature is language teaching/literacy material created in schools, which is otherwise endangered by the instability of governmental support for mother tongue and bilingual programs. You can search the site by map, placename, language name, author, or category (such as Narrative or Language instruction). The literature materials are beautifully displayed and are viewable and downloadable as PDF or plain text. The site currently holds about 2250 books in 32 languages. Updates are posted on http://laal.cdu.edu.au/
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Source: University of Sydney
The program can be taken as a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s. The Master’s program provides students with the knowledge and skills to implement the NSW Aboriginal Languages Syllabus from K-10, as well as to teach syllabi from other states and territories. Applications for 2016 close on 4 December 2015.
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Source: Kevin Lowe, New South Wales Board of Studies
Paper about the interaction between schools and communities, in regard to establishing language programs. Includes discussion about ownership and controls that Aboriginal communities seek over their languages. See also the abstract, which notes the author details.
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Source: SA Government DECS
The document supports teachers in planning, programming and assessing using the SACSA (South Australian Curriculum, Standards and Accountability) Framework. It includes a sample range of learning descriptors for languages including Kaurna, Wirangu and others, relating to the Key Ideas and Outcomes in Australian Indigenous languages R-10.
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Source: Gadj Maymuru / Jodie Maymuru
This site created and run by Gadj and Jodie Maymuru offers educational programs and resources for Aboriginal Communities and Australian schools. Most of the services and resources are offered on a commercial basis.
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Source: SACE Board of SA
Outline of the SACE course in Australian languages, which covers the current status of Indigenous languages, the circumstances under which they have become endangered or extinct, linguistic structure of Australian languages, and the value of Australian languages as storehouses of cultural and social knowledge.
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Source: National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
In this document, the Congress welcomes the Framework, stating that it recognises Indigenous languages and their owners or custodians, the negative impact of government policies since 1788, and the importance of languages to Australia’s First Peoples, and the need for ongoing consultation in developing and implementing programs. Congress was disappointed at lack of description of the past and present state of languages and highly critical about the lack of implmentation of the 2009 National Indigenous Language Policy. [PDF, 4 pages]
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Source: Kevin Lowe / Anna Ash
Background to the rise of language revitalisation efforts in NSW, and the prominent role of the NSW Board of Studies in providing input and support.
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Source: John Hobson
This paper examines issues surrounding Indigenous languages revitalisation in NSW and strategies for increasing the number of Aboriginal language teachers in the state
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