ABC’s ‘Behind the News’ 17/11/2009

The target audience for ‘Behind the News’ is children – how wonderful that the topic of Aboriginal Language is reaching young ears!  Watch the program here:

You will also notice many other interesting links on this Behind the News site, such as:

‘Reporter Debbie Whitmont travels to the Top End to discover what will happen following a government move to scrap a controversial 35-year-old experiment in bilingual education’:

The Four Corners episode (45mins) of Debbie Whitmont’s report was broadcast 14th September 2009. Watch clip here:


Belinda Christensen (2012 LING366)

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2 Responses to ABC’s ‘Behind the News’ 17/11/2009

  1. Alexander Dietz says:

    There ought not be any question. Children ought to be educated in their own language if parents and/or they themselves want it. This is part of civil rights. I would even offer bilingual education including an Aboriginal language as immersive program also to non-indigenous pupils as they do in New Zealand. And there, some non-indigenous people do use this offer!
    In the Northern Territory, they ought to see the true reasons for poor results in English which is poor attendance at school of some pupils. It is the right of indigenous communities to decide themselves about schooling and only getting advice from White Australia! I myself had a few English lessons a week at school and have become quite fluent in English nevertheless because I have been attending school regularly and because my school education has been well organized!

  2. Alexander Dietz says:

    Furthermore, non-indigenous teachers ought to be required to learn the community´s language before going to such schools. By doing this, they will certainly better integrate into the community´s life and therefore will more likely stay longer. Furthermore, exchange programs between mainstream and Aboriginal schools would be useful in order that Aboriginal children will immerse into English and mainstream Australia and non-indigenous ones immerse in Aboriginal language and society. By this, there will be non-indigenous persons who could become teachers knowing well the Aboriginal language and society.

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