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Friday, 13 June, 2008

    ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES TO BE REVIVED AND
         CELEBRATED THROUGH SCHOOLS
Reviving endangered Aboriginal languages through schools will be among topics discussed at
today’s Aboriginal Languages Conference in Adelaide.

The Department of Education and Children’s Services (DECS) is hosting the conference for about 70
teachers to coincide with the International Year of Languages this year.

More than 4000 South Australian primary and secondary students across 58 public schools learn an
Aboriginal language.

DECS chief executive Chris Robinson says teaching Aboriginal languages in schools is important
increasing cultural understanding, furthering reconciliation and improving children’s literacy skills.

“We have a range of Aboriginal language programs in our schools, including programs to help
Aboriginal students improve their literacy using their first language, and programs where Aboriginal
languages are offered to all students to learn as a second language,” he says.

“We are proud to offer a range of languages to South Australian public schools students. Including
Aboriginal languages, we now offer 35 different languages in SA government schools.”

Today’s conference will offer workshops on 11 different Aboriginal languages, including Kuarna,
Ngarrindjeri and Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara.

The conference will broaden Aboriginal language teachers’ knowledge of these languages and their
cultural contexts, and enable them to network and share good teaching practices. It will also look at ways
Information and Communications Technologies can improve students’ engagement with language.

The four different types of Aboriginal Language programs in State schools are:

    •   First language maintenance – Aboriginal students learn to improve their literacy using their first
        languages.
    •   Second language learning – Aboriginal languages are offered for all students to learn as a second
        language.
    •   Language revival – endangered Aboriginal languages are taught in the classroom.
    •   Language awareness – students learn about aspects of communication, culture and histories of
        Aboriginal languages.


Media contact: DECS media liaison officer Sarah Rohde, Ph: 8226 7998 or 0403 602 943.

For electronic versions of media releases, visit www.decs.sa.gov.au/mediacentre

				
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