Monthly Archives: July 2012

Co-ordinator position available at Ngukurr Language Centre

Ngukurr Language centre in Ngukurr, N.T. is currently looking for a suitable person to become the co-ordinator for the language centre. This is a really exciting opportunity for the successful applicant to be part of excellent endangered language documentation teams … Continue reading

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Kids books in Paakantyi

Following up from my post about language learning at Wilcannia Central School yesterday, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation has just launched two new children’s books written in Paakantyi. Written by Faith Baisden with input from Murray Butcher the books are a … Continue reading

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Resources to support language maintenance and revival.

As the sentate inquiry into Indigenous language learning has rolled around the country collecting submissions, a common theme has been the requirement of sufficient and reliable funding. ABC news reports of another such request from Ray Ingrey, the executive officer of … Continue reading

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Traditional language used to boost school attendance.

I have blogged before about the added benefits of teaching traditional languages to young people, and here is another example. Wilcannia Central School in remote N.S.W has been teaching Paakantyi to its grade 7 and 8 students with positive results … Continue reading

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Wagiman online dictionary

Wagiman is a highly endangered language from the Northern Territory. This website holds a Wagiman dictionary as well as background information including genetic,phonological and morphological information, texts, and a page of links and references. It doesn’t look like it has … Continue reading

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Bilingual education policy ‘relaxed’

More news on the NT bilingual education policy here. Minister Chris Burns will not confirm that the policy has been dropped but says “Our focus is still on kids being literate and numerate in English and we’ve moved to a … Continue reading

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NT Drops First Four Hours of English Policy!

Wow, what great news! Greg Dickson has written an excellent blog post over at fully sic explaining the background and outcome of the Northern Territory government’s policy, hopefully this means schools in the NT can soon teach bilingually with government … Continue reading

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