Academic Yolngu Matha Terms
Language Learning Resources
Why learn an Aboriginal language?
Our Land Our Languages Inquiry
Effective communication – not intervention, the key to Closing the Gap
Learning the Indigenous Languages of NE Arnhem Land, The Northern Territory
How do Indigenous Languages help Learning outcomes?
To some we may be beginning to sound like a broken record, always talking about the importance of using Indigneous languages. But the reason I continue to talk about this is because many Australia personnel and agencies have so much trouble really absorbing the importance of starting with local languages. So lets say it as simply as possible. If a hearer does not understand well the language being used then ZERO meaning or information may be being conveyed. How can this be? Let's break it down...
Four hours in English – An Indigenous bilingual teacher’s experience.
Four hours in English – The NT Government’s Indigenous ed. plan built on misinformation.
The NT Minister for education argues that Indigenous languages have no place in teaching literacy and numeracy in remote indigenous schools and has announced that the first 4 hour of every school day must be in English. Support for the Government's position seems to be based on a few misunderstanding about way learning actually operates on remote indigenous communities. Let's briefly explore the reality in the bilingual community schools this will effect.
Loss of Indigenous Languages – symptom or underlying cause?
Language is mastery, who ever controls language controls information and those who lack information are marginalised. When we talk of equal rights for indigenous peoples, the right to hear and be heard using their native languages should be at the top of the list, because it give people mastery over their own lives.